The last time Mom and I rose this early together, just the two of us was my wedding morning and we hiked in the woods. This morning we went to the ocean to watch the sun rise. A coyote crossed our path on the way there, my first birthday gift :) We got to the beach in time to walk a bit and pick a spot to sit before the fiery ball began emerging. Several seals swam by and 4 herons flew over us while we sat. More gifts.
We become more and more our Selves year by year. What an exotic, exquisite dance, this becoming. I am 36 years old today and in the words of our dear friend Asanka, "I have a beautiful feeling. "
I give thanks to the year that came before, and to the year that begins today. So many things to learn, to notice, to understand, to celebrate.
For now, it is the sun rising. It is the 4 herons. It is the coyote and the seals. It is sitting with mom in the cool sand. It is this precious silence.