Thursday, November 15, 2012

sky gazing

Every night I drive into my yard after work, step out of my car and look at the sky.  I am a cloud watcher, a sky gazer.  And one of the most beautiful views in the world is in my own front yard.  The sun sets to the right of my house, and there is a clear view of the nearby woods, silhouetted against the setting sun.

Tonight, as I often do, I spent a few moments just watching the sky.  I live in the country, so there were no noises, and it was eerily silent.  Even the dogs weren't barking their usual greeting from the back yard.

And so I stood, and looked.  I get a bit melancholy this time of year, and I was a bit sad as I looked at the sky.  But as I stood, and marveled at the beauty of the clouds and colors, I felt my spirits begin to lift.  Suddenly I feel as weighed down by mortality, and an inner peace began to take over. I pulled my iPhone out of my pocket, and shot a photo of the sunset, almost as an afterthought.

As I stood and continued to look, breathing in the crisp coldness of the autumn air, I realized that I wasn't me, I was part of a bigger whole.  A small microcosm of something so perfect, and that everything was as it should be.

Slowly I turned and walked into the house, feeling renewed.  Centered.

...life is very good. ~cath
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20 comments:

  1. We walk the same path. And it's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Thom. You always say the perfect thing.

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  2. Life truly is good. Great, great truth here in your post.

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    1. It helps me to keep my life in perspective Shelly. :D Thanks so much for your words...

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  3. Truly a lovely post. I have a similar ritual, although mine involves looking out over the ocean and is more of a sporadic activity than a daily one. Meditating on the vast, mysterious beauty of nature though, even for a few minutes once in a while, can make the stresses of the day drain away into meaninglessness and leaves instead a wonderful sense of peace...until I get home that is... ;-)

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    1. You are right Rachel, water is calming as well, and when I am near it I take time to just stop and relax. I have always been a watcher of nature, and as I get older, the things I notice now have so much more meaning. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

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  4. Wow, Cathy, what photography and what words. I can relate so much to your feelings, this is a melancholy time of the year and we need to feel fed spiritually as well. Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts, life is indeed good.

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    1. Yes Barbara, as the year draws to a close, it signifies the end of many things, and each one that passes makes me a little more melancholy, but for some strange reason it only bothers me in the fall. :D Autumn is also my favorite season, strangely enough. What a dichotomy. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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    1. me too Janine, and they are so fleeting...

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  6. I must admit that the best thing about autumn/winter is the amazing colours of the sky. Thanks for reminding us of this!

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    1. I love winter and autumn skies, and each day is magic to me, Muriel. :D

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  7. The cloud and the sky are funny things. Sometimes they fill you with ecstacy and sometimes with a deep feeling difficult to explain...

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    1. Strong emotion either way Hajra, and I agree with you. Sometimes it can't be explained, it just has to be experienced.

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  8. Wow! This is why we need to take more time out of our days to just be. Thanks for sharing this peaceful moment with us!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it Samantha! It is sometimes hard to make myself slow down. The evening sky is my cue, every day.

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  9. Those are priceless moments. If there's one thing I don't miss about Chicago, it's the light pollution. Here at our new home, the stars are always so visible at night and I adore them. They never fail to give me that sense of wonder. Oh, and thank God for our camera / smart phones or gadgets too! ;-))

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    1. Amen to the smart phones! That is one thing I love about the country, I can see the sky, really see it, and it is a marvelous thing, changing from moment to moment. What a treat for my eyes, and my heart.

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  10. I do this too as a way of centering myself and reminding me how inconsequential I am in the scheme of things. Beautiful colours - thanks for sharing.

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    1. It puts everything in perspective doesn't it Lucy? Glad you enjoyed it.

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