When you wake up, what do you do? First thing, first action?
Do you look outside the window or not? Do you have a window? Do you have a house? How do you feel when you wake up?
These are the questions that interest me and I want to know about you. I want to know, cause I am interested in intentionality. I am interested to see what we, humans see when we wake up.
Do we see and do we feel? What do we feel and what do we see?
Are we passive or active?
Is waking up an instant or a process?
Okay, I will start with myself. Every day for me is different. I have woken up in so many ways, in different places, with different moods and different brews of coffee. Some weekends I woke up and thought "Why should I get up?" and I did not. I spent the rest of the day sleeping. Some days I woke up on the beach, or mountains, valleys and even boats, airplanes and trains feeling utterly grateful or petrified with my life. Sometimes I woke up and thought, why am I even going to work or school? Or why is this boyfriend beside me? Or why do I have this roommate and why is our bathroom untidy? I would ask or shout: "Where is the toilet paper? And why is my toothbrush missing?"
Other times, I would wake up and my mother would be shouting, dogs would be running, cats would be clawing and there would be general commotion. There would be screaming and shouting, even fights and crying. Occasional disaster.
But, no matter where I have woken up and what I have done, every morning, I try to ground myself. I consider grounding myself the most important, let's call it, ritual.
Without grounding myself, I would never be present and this is exactly what one needs in the world. To be present. I would say, everything else for me, is not important. The sequence of my daily wake-up routine, whether I brush my teeth first or I make my coffee, is secondary. First I look outside the window or at the sky and ground myself. I clean my face. And then, I do whatever I think needs to be done.
At least, this is what I try to do...this has been my intention. Life some times, got in the way.
Now, what do you do? I want to know and I think it is important :)
Do you hug your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend? Do you talk to your mother or your father? Do you have a family? Do you have any siblings?
Is the phone ringing? Are you on Facebook or Instagram? Are you taking selfies?
Do you have your coffee in bed? Do you drink coffee? Or do you prefer tea?
But above all I want to ask you what is important: Do you feel gratitude and are you happy you are alive?
And what about the person next to you, sleeping? Do you like them or do you love them? Do you really want to see them for the next few years?
You got to ask yourself these questions, for everybody might have to make a life-changing choice one day.
Sunrise, is always a start.