Why “Rude Awakenings”? Well, as anyone with RA can tell you, mornings are notoriously tough. We wake up stiff, swollen, and sometimes, completely unable to move. It generally takes me 3 hours to feel as limber as I will for the day.
Since I have a six year old son, a full-time job, and an active dog, it’s not realistic for me to lie in bed until 9 or 10 (though believe me, I take advantage of that opportunity whenever it arises). So, I’ve found another way to start my mornings. I often set my alarm hours before I need to start my day. Trust me, this is a big deal given that I’m the farthest thing from a “morning person”. While I wait for my body to catch up to me, I meditate. I spend the time breathing deeply and focusing on three blessings in my life. It’s turned the rudeness my body delivers in the morning into a daily renewal of my spirit.
Meditation is certainly known to be a beneficial exercise, and is something that many people engage in, so it’s funny that I found my way into a regular practice through illness. I guess discovery often works that way, so I’m trying to keep the lesson to apply elsewhere. Positive things can arise from any situation – sometimes we just have to look a bit deeper to find them.