For me, it is in the early morning, before dawn, that I feel the freedom to go search the depths of thought and feeling.
Giving myself time to go deep – rather than waking up “just in time” – so that I can study or pray or write or research or read. The “just in time” leads to shallow skimming of the surface of each quiet thing I can do more fully in the pre-dawn.
Doing so while others sleep insist on my being quiet, slow, and soft. And deep.
I would rather ponder and pray,
Than in my bed I might rather stay,
So that I can approach the depths of my soul.
And if I take time for rest,
May the next time I better invest,
A deeper dive to quietly know myself whole.