Many of us wake up and get going immediately, and by the time the end of day comes, we fall into bed, tired and ready for rest. Writer Annie Dillard says that “the way we live our days is the way we live our lives.” How do you acknowledge this very simple, basic, vital unit of life? One way is to begin by giving thanks for the day that stretches out before you. Another way might be setting an intention for the day before you even get out of bed. A spiritual practice can also serve as a morning ritual. Similarly, how do you end the day? Consider a ritual of remembering or even record the highlights of the day, or what you learned. Some people write down five things for which they are grateful at the end of every day.

Claudia Horwitz in The Spiritual Activist