Mornings are a fresh start. We receive the gift of a brand new day each morning, a chance to reset our inner and outer lives.

Morning routines and morning self-talk make a big difference in how our days take shape.

When we wake up in the morning, we have an invitation from the Divine to cherish ourselves the way it cherishes us.

The Divine rejoices that we came to the party and can share our gifts with the world. "The family darling comes home" is how the Sufi poet Rumi describes such a feeling. We can start the day at home in ourselves and with the divine each day even though difficult external circumstances may occur.

We can nourish our inner sanctuary before we step out into the world.