The past 2 days, I had to wake up at 5:30am for work. You would think with a name like Dawn, it would be easier for me to get up in the morning. Not so much. My heart really wants to get up early to start my day, yet my body still says “um, how about not.” For a short time, it was easier when the sun was shining bright at 6:30-7am. Then we changed the clocks and now it’s darker in the morning again. Regardless of the brightness outside, I’m working on staying true to my name and rising to a new and beautiful dawn every day.

So, waking up at 5:30am (not that I actually got out of bed at that time) was just enough time to get my beautiful self ready to face other humans in the world. Therefore, meditating did not happen before I left, which is part of my morning practice every day. It did turn out to be an absolutely gorgeous morning, so after our work meeting, I went for a short hike intermixed with a walking meditation. Mantra of choice: I am Home. I (right foot step) … am (left foot step) … home (right foot step) … I (left foot step) … am (right foot step) … home (left foot step). Did you feel yourself slow down while reading that?

I was looking out at all of this nature stuff and those were the words that came to mind. It was a reminder that Home lives within me. When I feel completely comfortable in my Home, I will feel comfortable anywhere. I will also find it easier to open the door to my Home and let others in: to be more vulnerable and open to love. Right now, it’s kinda like I have a Dutch door ;)

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