: to cease sleeping
: to become aroused or active again
: to become conscious or aware of something



Awake (v.): a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awaecnanto arise, originate,” from aon” + wacanto arise”; and 2. awakien, from Old English awacianto revive; arise; originate, spring from,” from aon” + wacianto watch.”



“In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.”

Carl Sanburg (1878-1967, American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for poetry and one for his biography on Abraham Lincoln.)

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“And the heart that is the soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch’d by the thorns.”

Thomas Moore (1779-1852, Irish poet, composer, satirist, political propagandist, singer, songwriter, and entertainer; was close friend of Lord Bryon and Percy Bysshe Shelley)

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“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian)

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“A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.”

Marilyn vos Savant (b. 1946, American columnist and author, who is married to Robert Jarvik MD, inventorof the Jarvik artificial hearts; she is known for having the highest recorded IQ, according to the Guinness Book of Records.)

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“It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you.”

Abu Bakr (573 AD – 634 AD, senior companion, advisor, and father-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad)

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“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961, American novelist, short story writer, and journalist; and recipient of The Novel Prize in Literature in 1954)

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“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than in the imagination when awake?”

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519, artist, mathematician, inventor, writer, and leading intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, who’s known for painting “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa.”)

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“I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.”

Rene Descartes (1596-1650, French philosopher, mathematician, scientific thinker, and an original metaphysician)

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“Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake on tiptoe.”

Josh Billings (1818-1885, pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw, the 19th-century American humorist, perhaps second only to Mark Twain)

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“In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.” – Carl Sanburg

I am not going to lie. I had a difficult time writing this post today, especially because of our world’s external and internal conflicts.  I started several drafts last night, scratched them, and decided to start again this morning.  So, please forgive me for my thought imperfections.

Of late, I have also been thinking about my own personal awakening, how far I’ve come from being lost, angry, and unkind to becoming more loving and aware at every level of my life, in small and big ways.  In truth, my transformation began in forgiveness, in forgiving those who hurt me and in forgiving myself.

I’ve been thinking more than ever how essential it is to love, especially in light of our current collective global challenges.

Back when I began my spiritual quests I invested and focused a great deal of energy and resources towards my emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. I partnered with healers and spiritual advisors who could help me to facilitate harmony and alignment.  The work was always mine.  No one could do it for me.  I had to save myself by waking up in Love.

It wasn’t until my mind, body, spirit, and heart lined up that everything began to shift.   But, for a time I had to walk around in the dark, not knowing but sensing how truly damage I had become.

I have not arrived. There’s more I need to let go and there’s more possibilities that need to unfold to expose my true essence, what I originally was born to be.

Perhaps that’s where we are collectively.  We are fighting to heal ourselves.  No matter how messy and dark it gets we must commit to abiding in love and putting love into action in small and big ways, not just with our families, friends, and people we like and love, but with strangers and those who stand in opposition of our beliefs.  We must stand up in love and tell our truths.  Love is the alchemy that transforms everything.  We must wake up to the best parts, no matter how small and help birth our New Earth.

Written With Love, Tonya





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