15220026_10155493433208858_2527305294282649876_nMorning Prayers 

Grabbing the clock. 5:30 am, I sign. 

I shuffle the pillows and turn over, hoping for one more hour of sleep. 

You snuggle in, and the rhythmic sound of your breath soothes me for a while. 

My unwilling mind demands I wake.  More signs. 

Exuberantly you jump from the bed, joyfully greeting the day with staccato barks. 

My hand smoothes your soft fur. 

I shuffle to the door, grab coffee and return to bed. 

The discipline of practice sets in, seeking inward refuge. 

I settle into the quiet of morning meditation, your head gently resting in my lap.

You watch the world as I watch the breath. 

Together we meet the day in silent reverence.