There is something special about the way our minds work in the morning. In the morning ideas seem bountiful, plans seem possible and peace seems attainable. And over time we learn that these early hours offer a great chance to reflect, plan and focus for the day ahead.

Here are three poignant quotes about mornings- and how they relate to us intellectually, philosophically and spiritually:

1. Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. (William Blake)
To the well-organized mind, each morning is a fresh blank page. Dawn represents a time of peace in which we can plan out our days without the distraction of later-day demands and activities. And morning is the time to proactively visualize and specify our goals- not only for one day but for our full lives ahead.

2. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. (Marcus Aurelius)
In evolutionary terms, each new sunrise would signify the conquest over the dangers of nighttime. In modern times we maintain this same optimism- the morning hours represent victory over darkness and encourage us to feel excitement at being alive again and experiencing all the possibilities of each new and unrepeatable day. Carpe Diem!

3. Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
In addition to waking and feeling the rejuvenating effects of sleep, morning can be a great place to deepen your personal peace. Sunrise can be your starting place for living mindfully in each moment- beginning with paying attention to the first breaths and movements of your day. This is also an effective time for meditation exercises, as your mind may be clearer than it would at other times of day.

If you are not already a morning person, consider this- though it is difficult to wake yourself earlier than usual, you may find that the quiet peace of the early hours of the day may strengthen your cognitive abilities, bring clarity to your intentions, and encourage a more mindful existence.