Listening to one’s self as well as to others is a sacred act of healing. There is a higher octave of listening that hears the wisdom within the words.
~ Cheryl Hamada
The sunsets have been lovely lately. The colors start out quiet and subdued, and then begin to deepen as it it grows darker.
I watched the moonrise last night. I hadn’t intended to be awake for it, but that’s how it goes some nights. It was one of those gifts that insomnia sometimes brings. Although it was only a quarter moon, it was still bright and big as it came up over the trees, a brilliant shade of tangerine. I thought about bundling up and going out to watch the Geminid meteor shower. It was pretty cold out there, though, and brisk, chill air does not lull me to sleep. I will go out tonight because it is the peak night for the Geminids, and it’s said they are quite bright so we should be able to see them well enough in spite of the quarter moon.
Better yet, I’ll go out early. Moonrise isn’t until 11:38 PM. It will be nice and dark, perfect for meteor shower viewing.
Today’s Osho Zen Tarot card is Past Lives. At first I found it creepy looking (you can see it here), but it has an interesting message, and my perception of how the card looks changed as I read the message. The quick meaning of the card is:
This is a wake-up call; the events in your life are trying to show you a pattern as ancient as the journey of your own soul.
The in-depth explanation starts:
One dream comes, is followed by another dream, and is followed by yet another dream. The pilgrim starts from one moment and enters into the next one. Moment after moment, the moments keep disappearing, but the pilgrim continues moving on.
And ends with:
“Who am I?” is a very fundamental question, and a very existential question at that. “Who am I?” is a question which involves the totality of our existence in all its depths and heights. This question will take me where I was before I was ever born, behind all my past lives. This question can take me where I was in the primeval beginning. The profoundness of this question is infinite. And so is its journey equally profound.
~ Osho, Tarot in the Spirit of Zen
Sometimes when I’m out walking I think of my life as a dream, and tell myself that this is a very good dream. I don’t know how or why, but the thought of this life as a very good dream suddenly enhances the beauty of the woods or the meadows or the beach or wherever I happen to be walking. Maybe it is a heightening of my senses. Colors become more vivid, sounds become clearer and almost musical, scents become more obvious, and I feel more present within myself as well as within the world and the moment. It is, indeed, a very good dream.
The sun is visiting us again today. The birds appear to be enjoying it. While doing my yoga practice this morning, I looked out the patio doors to see a small flock of bluebirds playing in the leaves and trees. At least that’s how they looked to me: playful. Hopping, flying, and dancing around the backyard, brilliant flashes of blue feathers sparkling in the sunlight.
I guess that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this sunny day. Thank you for stopping by, and joining me on another ramble through sunsets and thoughts and tarot cards. Let’s meet on the dock for sunset tonight. Bundle up. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. It’s cold and windy. I’ll bring some hot herbal tea to help keep us warm. Or maybe hot chocolate. What do you think? Tea or chocolate? Or both? Sunset is still at 4:43 PM. I wonder when it will change?
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂 And have a great weekend (if you aren’t already doing so)!
Today’s joys: The sunshine, of course!; sweet mango for breakfast; a warm and comfy sweater that feels like a hug; bluebirds playing in the backyard; a friend who sent the perfect Festivus gift (which will be featured on Ye Olde Blog soon).