Flexibility: The Morning Blessing Letters
By Jacob Watson
The Morning Blessing Letters in my book, Enso Morning, were written first as my own morning meditation. For over six months of weekdays I would get up early in the morning and meditate, sometimes after a walk outside, building on over thirty-five years of morning sitting meditation. A rhythm had evolved over the years whereby I would first tune in to the fact that I was alive and felt welcomed by the spirit of the new day, something larger than myself that was not only aware of my existence sitting there on the cushion, but indeed glad to have me sitting there and present for the opening of the day together. This extraordinary bonding – sometimes against all odds because I felt lonely or insignificant or useless – grounded me in the present moment. A natural next step was to do… nothing. But to stay precisely there in the moment that had become still and sacred. Silence naturally ensued. I felt encouraged to just stay there in the stillness, so I did. The silence became a blessing, then a gift came.
It is my hope that you read the Morning Blessing Letters in my book, Enso Morning, to stimulate and deepen your own spiritual and meditation practice. I encourage you to use each paragraph to center yourself in the morning, to give loving attention to each part of yourself as an intentional and practical way to nurture your whole being at the beginning of the day.
The Enso circles that decorate this book are an ancient art form blending art and religion. While these circles are thought of as Buddhist, in fact they have origins in several wisdom traditions, including Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist, making them interfaith in character. For example, in the Hindu tradition a circle represents the wheel of samsara, the cycle of life and death.
This day is an opening, an unfolding right in front of you. Nothing to do, the sun comes up on its own. So much life all around with you as part of it. You are assisted and welcomed to this day on all sides.
This help is subtle and quiet. The molecules of air surrounding you, supporting you, breathing you, going in and out of you, are silent. Be with this silence now…
Focus the energy of your awareness on your physical self. Bring the gentle heat of awareness to each part of your body, touching with attention, awakening your feet, legs, knees, thighs, waist, chest, arms and head, one at a time, reminding you of your body whole.
Your home is awake, that which holds your emotions. Give them your permission to awaken too. Feelings are looking for permission to live and express. Here they come, eager, one at a time. Feel one and feel the freedom of allowing it to come up and out.
Notice how the flowing creates a pathway for your spirit, an openness. Open to and open from your spirit. This is who you already are and still are today. So open, so easy to be who you are now.
May you go forth today open. May you remember you are a living organism, opening yourself to possibility.
Your gift today is flexibility
Rev. Jacob Watson, D.Min. is an interfaith minister and spiritual teacher. He helped start Collins Brook School, the Center for Grieving Children and the interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. Since 1985 he has been a Hospice Volunteer, Chaplain, Board member, trainer and supervisor. He was a grief counselor and a senior staff member of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, leading Life, Death and Transition workshops nationally and overseas. He is the author of Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit, and devotes his life to teaching, writing and prayer.
Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts is published by O Books, ISBN: 978-1-78535-298-0 (Paperback) £13.99 $24.95