In her book, “Small Bites: Mindfulness for Everyday Use”, Annabelle Zinser wrote,
“How did you wake up this morning? And how did you handle those moments of awakening? Did you say, ‘How wonderful, it’s the beginning of a new day; I wonder what the day has in store for me. Can I embrace myself and all other beings who cross my path today with understanding, friendliness, and compassion’? Or did you say, ‘Oh no, yet another new day. When I start thinking about the upcoming day, it feels like way too much’?”
In addition to giving thanks to God for the morning, waking up and embracing each morning (and day) with wonder & compassion is the way of awakening.