The other morning I cam across this post at Leo Babauta's zenhabits blog discussing the benefits of waking early. Over the past few years I have evolved into an early riser. I find, that in the quiet of the morning, while the rest of the house sleeps, I am able to focus with a clear mind that I just don't have at any other time of the day. Even in college, when I wrongfully considered myself a late night person, I would often wake up extremely early to complete course work that I was not able to focus on the night before.
One of the things that really struck a chord with me from Leo's post was this incredible quote by the Dalai Lama:
Everyday, think as you wake up ‘Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’
I wanted to remember this little phrase and try to recite it to myself each morning. I was reminded of the little prayer cards my parents would keep in their wallets when I was a kid and decided to make a 21st century version. ThinkAsYouWake.com is a single serving web site I put together over the course of a couple hours. I've set it as my browser start page as a gentle reminder to live life the way I'd like to. I'm sharing it for those who may feel the same way.
The site looks best in modern browsers with CSS3/HTML5 support (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, & Opera), but should still look nice in older browsers. Some CSS3 media queries and a simple single column liquid layout makes format it nicely on iOS and other mobile devices. Hyphenator.js was used to automatically hyphenate text for more visually appealing justified text.
I hope this simple piece of text inspires you in the same way it has me.