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What a miracle that you are here! Wonder of wonders! Wow.

Truly! Reflect on all that it took for you to be here in this moment: the Earth being the perfect distance from the sun to support life, billions of years of evolution, your ancestors surviving long enough to bring forth the next generation, your parents meeting, the accidents that didn’t happen, the serendipitous occasions that did…


In the coming week, upon waking say to yourself silently or aloud, “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart.” Observe how saying this makes you feel in your body, noticing any sensations or emotions that arise. Through your waking hours, gently carry the intention to appreciate the day–in all its extraordinary ordinariness–repeating any part or version of the prayer above as often as you feel moved. 

How does beginning your day with the intention of treasuring it impact you?

What can you allow yourself to savor about the gift of simply being alive today? 

Should you be inspired, please leave a reflection below…

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This practice is inspired by Mary Jean Irion’s sublime meditation A Normal Day. Explore the full seven-day A Normal Day practice.