I've been thinking this morning about the importance of starting the day with a quiet mind.
Some mornings, I awaken refreshed and ready for the day. Those are the easy ones.
But other mornings, I am scattered, hazy, perhaps a bit disorganized. A little out of whack.
I've noticed that an unbalanced mind seems to follow me all day. And I've also noticed that by calling a quick timeout, finding someplace quiet for a minute or two, and taking a few slow, deep breaths, my perception changes dramatically.
In just a minute or two, that muddy mental state clears itself. Clarity returns. The day ahead seems less challenging, the next task a little easier.
You don't need to go off in a field for an hour to meditate, though you can if you want to. But if you only have a few minutes, find someplace quiet in the house, perhaps out on the porch, and close your eyes.
Two minutes of slow, deep breathing. A short break, with nothing to do but breathe.
Many times, that's all it takes. The mental chatter slows, and clarity arrives.
It doesn't seem like much, but it is. Every good day begins with a quiet, balanced mind.
If you don't have one, get one.
And don't leave home without it.