I’ve been reading a lot about people who wake up early and how “success”, however it is defined, is often correlated with rising early. So in that spirit, I’m sharing a poem by the great poet Mary Oliver. My yoga teacher shared the poem with us at the end of class during savasana–corpse pose. It is often the most relaxing part of yoga for me, representing complete surrender. It bears noting that the yoga class begins at 7 a.m. which means I must rise at 6 a.m. to be ready!

Why I Wake Early
by Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.