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I Awaken Before Dawn

--by Helen Moore (Nov 23, 2015)


I awaken before dawn, go into the kitchen and fix a cup of tea.
I light the candle and sit in its glow on the meditation cushion.
Taking my cup in both hands, I lift it to my Lord and give thanks.
The feel of the cup against my palms brings the potter to mind
and I offer a blessing for his hands.

I give thanks for the clay, the glaze and the kiln.
I take a sip and follow the warmth into my body.
I offer a blessing for those who brought electricity to my home,
who dug the ditches for the lines,
who built my home and put in the wires,
who made my tea kettle and brought me water to fill it.

I take a sip and bless the people in India or China who grew the tea,
cultivated it, picked and dried the leaves, took it to market,
handled it through the many transactions to bring it to my home.
I take a sip and bless those people in Florida, California or Central America
who grew the tree that blossomed into flowers.

I give thanks for the warmth of the sun and the rain which turned the blossoms into lemons,
and I bless the hands that picked the fruit, sorted it, touched it as it traveled from the orchard to my table.
I take another sip and bless the hands of those who provided the sugar
which sweetened the tea, harvested the cane, processed it,
bagged it and sent it on its way to me.

I take another sip and lift my cup in gratitude as I feel the interconnection of my body now with theirs,
my blood now with theirs,
my bones now with theirs,
and my heart fills with love for all of creation.

I give thanks.

Helen Moore teaches yoga with mind, body, and spirit, with an attitude of gratitude. She lives a simple life in Lexington, Virginia with her two small dogs, who awe her with their capacity for love and compassion every day.

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On Feb 4, 2016 Ramesh Narayan wrote:

 I feel grateful that I am alive and living. I am grateful that I got an opportunity to read Helen Moore's gratitude to all those connected with bringing the tea to her cup and also to all those made the cup to hold the tea. What I am today is because of my parents, my family, my sister and the innumerable friends and colleagues who I came in contact with, for them having tolerated me and forgiven my mistakes. I am very much grateful to God who is always with me in every part of my life.



On Nov 24, 2015 david doane wrote:

I feel grateful for being alive and for the life that I have.  Realizing what a good life I have and how much I have, especially realizing that it is a gift, helps me be grateful.  I am grateful for opportunities I've had, for family and friends, for wonderful teachers I've had.  I am grateful for people who have been patient with me, encouraged me, loved me.  I've had good fortune and been spared many times when serious outcomes could have happened, and I am grateful.  I have many times realized how much my life is supported by the work of so many others, and the author presenting such detail as to how much a cup of tea is supported by the work of many people really emphasizes the point.  Being aware that we are one not only fosters compassion in me but also gratitude that I am part of the glorious whole.  I grow in gratitude realizing that there are so many people that suffer pain, loss, illness, disaster so much more than I.  Aging also helps  See full.

I feel grateful for being alive and for the life that I have.  Realizing what a good life I have and how much I have, especially realizing that it is a gift, helps me be grateful.  I am grateful for opportunities I've had, for family and friends, for wonderful teachers I've had.  I am grateful for people who have been patient with me, encouraged me, loved me.  I've had good fortune and been spared many times when serious outcomes could have happened, and I am grateful.  I have many times realized how much my life is supported by the work of so many others, and the author presenting such detail as to how much a cup of tea is supported by the work of many people really emphasizes the point.  Being aware that we are one not only fosters compassion in me but also gratitude that I am part of the glorious whole.  I grow in gratitude realizing that there are so many people that suffer pain, loss, illness, disaster so much more than I.  Aging also helps me grow in gratitude -- I abide in gratitude much more often as I become older.  Namaste

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On Nov 24, 2015 Nina Sanfilippo wrote:

 I take the alphabet from A-Z and go over people, places and things that I am grateful for.  When I got ill and had to go to the hospital, I realized how the knowledge of the doctor and the nurses had my life in their hands and how much my friends loved me when they visited me.  I say thank You to my Higher Power each morning and thank You to Him before retiring and all throughout the day.



On Nov 24, 2015 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

I feel grateful for being alive, utterly alive and being in touch with gratitude every day. It truly makes a HUGE difference in how one sees the world; we can focus on the wonder or focus on the negative. Being mindfully grateful started for me around 1999 and never stopped. I kept a gratitude journal from then on, sometimes the list was 5 or 6 simple things: sunshine, a bird singing in a nearby tree, waking in the morning under warm covers. Other times the list went for pages including what you all focused upon this morning: all those hands and hearts that create what we take for granted.
Thank you for once again focusing on gratitude and its impact on our lives and the lives of those around us.
Hugs from my heart to yours!



On Nov 24, 2015 Annette wrote:

 A wonderful morning contemplation and prayer of gratitude.  This morning, the sun shines brightly into my window, a flowering maple a friend gifted me with is blooming beautiful red bell flowers for the first time, and I feel content and grateful.  BTW, Helen, I live just up the road from you in Highland County :-)



On Nov 20, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

This is a wonderful ode to gratitude. It shows how we are connected with each other. Many unseen  hands have been instrumental in creating the cup and creating tea. A cup of tea is a symbol and a reminder of the interconnectedness of existence. We all are everyday receiving gifts from nature and human beings from far and near. We need to be mindful of the visible and invisible  thread that connects us all.We are grateful for the gifts that we receive everyday. I have been blessed to receive such gifts everyday from the morning to the night in many many ways;My daughter making a cup of coffee for me and reminding me to drive to work safely.Children greeting me Namaste:by folding their hands lovingly. My colleagues extending their warm and kind hands when I need help from them.I feel happy to offer my gifts to my students, colleagues and parents. It is my experience that when I keep my mind and heart open, I realize how deeply we are connected with each other and how bles  See full.

This is a wonderful ode to gratitude. It shows how we are connected with each other. Many unseen  hands have been instrumental in creating the cup and creating tea. A cup of tea is a symbol and a reminder of the interconnectedness of existence. We all are everyday receiving gifts from nature and human beings from far and near. We need to be mindful of the visible and invisible  thread that connects us all.We are grateful for the gifts that we receive everyday.

I have been blessed to receive such gifts everyday from the morning to the night in many many ways;My daughter making a cup of coffee for me and reminding me to drive to work safely.Children greeting me Namaste:by folding their hands lovingly. My colleagues extending their warm and kind hands when I need help from them.I feel happy to offer my gifts to my students, colleagues and parents. It is my experience that when I keep my mind and heart open, I realize how deeply we are connected with each other and how blessed we are to have such gifts everyday in our life.

When I take a walk in nature, I realize how the sun, the air, the earth and the water and the space are intimately connected with one another.We are grateful to have such gifts coming to all of us without discrimination.

May everyday be a Thanks Giving day. May we all be mindful of this interconnectedness and be grateful  for such precious gifts.

Jagdish P Dave

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On Nov 20, 2015 Liz Helgesen wrote:

 
Reading this piece (but sipping coffee :)) brought me right to the minutia of my life with gratitude for every tiny detail, every breath, each beat of my heart. For every heart beat of my precious family, individually and collectively. For every dirty dish I am so blessed to wash.  For every letter of this keyboard I am so fortunate to press. And for every eye (and ear!) that gets to read this post, I am grateful. And for every soul in between us, I pray.  I pray and invite them all to join us in this place. Right here. Right now. Just for this moment.  With this reading. With love, for all of creation.  Liz