Each morning when I arise I begin the day with these six gestures. I join spirit and body in praising the Holy One and offering my thanks for life. As I make the gestures, I say a one line prayer and then remain in that posture for a brief time.
1. Offering the Creator praise and gratitude:
Stretch your arms high and wide above your head.
“I thank you, Holy One, for the gift of another day of life.”
2. Intentionally being aware of my spiritual bond with all of creation
Hold arms out from your sides, a little below shoulder height. Move (pivot) to the left and to the right with your arms stretching outward toward the cosmos.
“I reach out in compassion to my sisters and brothers throughout the universe.”
3. Offering my life to the Holy One
Stretch your arms out straight in front of you, slightly apart, palms up.
“I give to you all I am and all I have.”
4. Opening to accept what the Holy One offers me this day
Pull your hands close together and cup them as a container.
“I open my entire being to receive the gift that you have waiting for me in this new day.”
5. Remembering to be kind to our planet Earth
Bend over, reach down, and touch the floor, or better yet, the ground, if you are outside.
“I touch this planet, Earth, with awe, reverence, and gratitude, promising to care well for her today.”
6. Awareness of the indwelling presence of the Holy One
Stand up, cross hands over your heart, and bow to the waist.
“May I be united with you throughout this day, aware of your love strengthening me and shining through me.”