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Why I Wake Early

Sunday, October 28, 2012


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 the 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.

-- Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early, 2004

Need I say more? Actually there's nothing more to be said.

But for those who ever hunger for more --

In the very earliest time
When both people and animals lived on earth
A person could become an animal if he wanted to
and an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
and sometimes animals
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language
That was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had mysterious powers.
A word spoken by chance might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
and what people wanted to happen could happen--
all you had to do was say it.
Nobody could explain this:
That's the way it was.

-- Nalungiaq, Inuit woman interviewed by ethnologist Knud Rasmussen in the early twentieth century...introducing an astute and soul-touching article, Lessons in the Old Language, by Matthew C. Bronson:

Matthew C. Bronson, Ph.D. is an educational linguist with a doctorate in educational research, with a specialization in language, literacy, and culture from U.C. Davis, and an A.B. and M.A. in linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. He serves as associate professor in the School of Consciousness and Transformation and Director of Academic Assessment at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and as a teacher-educator in the School of Education at U.C. Davis. His recent publications include a co-edited volume, _So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World in Crisis_.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
XNANNY 11/7/2012 8:28PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 5:36PM

    Sounds lovely...


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FRANCESCANAZ 10/31/2012 4:56PM

    Muchas gracias amiga mia!

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:20PM

    Just exactly why I get up early myself, thank you Mary Oliver and MAHA. (And I'd love to choose to be a golden retriever for a day or so . . . )

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DDOORN 10/31/2012 11:29AM

    Love those "Mary Oliver" mornings when they happen...yes!
AND love the thoughts of interconnectedness offered by Bronson.

Thx for the very cool shares!


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PEACEFULONE 10/31/2012 7:50AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing! I agree with all the other comments. You are the best and your blogs are inspiring and totally wonderful!
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SOULFISH80 10/30/2012 7:38PM

    "Long ago, people and animals and spirits and plants all communicated in the same way. Then something happened."

I really wish I knew what happened, and how to change it back!

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JUST_BREATHE08 10/30/2012 2:20PM

    Thank you Maha. Great blog...I loved it & I love you, too, my friend!! emoticon

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SAVOY1 10/30/2012 10:47AM

    Very Nice! Mornings are the BEST!!

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FARRAH511 10/29/2012 9:08AM


- Farrah

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DOKEYOKEY 10/29/2012 8:57AM

    Maha, The longer I know you the more I admire you for seeking and finding the wonder and wonderfulness in life.
Thank you!!

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DAISY443 10/29/2012 7:54AM

    My mind said Inuit, before I got to the credits! Thanks for sharing!

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GOANNA2 10/29/2012 4:24AM

    Thank you so much - you always find something that
touches the soul Maha. God bless you. I am also a morning
person and love taking everything in. emoticon emoticon

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GREENGENES 10/28/2012 10:54PM

    Awesome. I was not much of a morning person in my younger days and I feel that I sure missed out on a lot of things.

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CARRAND 10/28/2012 8:27PM

    Wonderful poem. I love it! Thank you for all you share.

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SUNNY332 10/28/2012 5:47PM

    emoticon Loved it - especially the Mary Oliver Poem.

Have a GREAT week.


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