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The Dawn of a New Day
I often wake up at various times between midnight and 6am with thoughts I want to write down. For this reason I usually keep my journal and next to my bed, or as a backup a pad or two of paper in case I left my journal in my office.
Sometimes I am simply writing what happened the day before, in which case I date the page for the previous day and catch up on whatever happened and my comments during the darkness between the days.
But other times I want to write down something that has just occurred to me, and I’ve been confused as to whether the proper date is yesterday or tomorrow.
By the industrial clock, midnight starts the new day. So if I were to date the page by the clock it would be tomorrow.
But this morning, sitting in under the tiny light in my dark bedroom at 4:12am I realized that in experiential reality, the day doesn’t start until the dawn.
In earlier times, “day” was dawn-to-dusk and “night” was dusk-to-dawn.
So from now on, so too will my journal time be aligned with the sun instead of the clock.
Today starts at dawn and the darkness that follows is still today. Until the dawn the dawn comes again to start a new day.
It is things like industrial clocks that pull our alignment away from Life.
Reorienting ourselves to Life, even in this small way, is a start to realigning ourselves with Life.