The Morning Sings

January 1, 2020
Oakland, CA
Cool and Sunny

This morning, the first morning of 2020, as I was standing in the kitchen looking out the window to the apartment building next door, Cat Stevens’ beloved song, “Morning Has Broken” suddenly started playing in my mind. I have not heard that song for many years, but all of sudden, there it was –

“Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird,
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the world.”

Although I could only see a cement apartment building and there were no birds to sing, I was suddenly on the edge of the world, flooded with rose-colored clouds and a joyful chorus of birds, the glorious beginning of a new day.

I realized there is no reason I cannot start every day this way, with connection to the beauty of the universe. I know the song – I can sing it myself every morning. It doesn’t matter where I am. The beauty of the morning will always unfold to me – if I allow it.

Those of us who live in places of natural beauty do not have to produce beauty from our own souls, but we who live in cities have the wonderful opportunity of creating it from within ourselves. So, blessings to Cat Stevens and other poets, artists and musicians who show us the way. It would make me very happy if some of you felt inspired to join me in starting your day with “Morning Has Broken”.

May we all have a new decade of deepening love, which binds the universe and everything in it together.

Happy New Year,

Visit the Facebook page of my mentor, Rahul Starr Patel.
Recommended reading: “
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom” by John O’Donohue
Movies worth seeing: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, “The Two Popes”, “Little Women”

7 thoughts on “The Morning Sings”

  1. Patricia Micciche

    Dearest Dorothy! I see and hear you singing! Thank you ! Such a wonderful gift you share and give to us each month.
    Helga, another dear friend of mine, a classical pianist (still teaching and playing piano at 98) told me ,”We must look up into the sky at least once a day”. And Rumi wrote, “No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy….Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.”
    May this be a most happy beginning of a new year for you, Dorothy!
    PS. Need your snail mail address to send you a Christmas card and keep in touch with you about Rahul happenings. Blessings….Patricia

  2. Dear Dorothy, I love how you’re greeting the new year and the new day! Your words are inspiring and bring me to a place of happiness. Thank you for sharing your gift of wisdom in writing. Much love, Elizabeth

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