the way we spend our first waking minutes sets the tone for the day:
in the past, i'd wake up, and immediately do something--turn on the morning news, or check e-mail. lately, i've spent my early waking minutes being, in complete silence. this latter approach, i've found, is more peaceful, as it allows me to reflect on the previous day's lessons, the night's dreams, or whatever else i choose. free of external noise, i can then intend how the new day unfolds.