Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
~ Alan W. Watts
When I go out to watch the sunrise or the sunset, sometimes I’m not sure which way to go. It’s always tempting to go in the direction of the sun. East in the morning, west in the evening. That is, after all, where the main show is happening.
But there are some days when I turn my back on the main show in favor of something else. I never know what the something else will be. It could be something small, like the otter splashing around in the creek when I go west at sunrise.
And honestly, the otter is no small thing as I get a lot of joy watching him splash around in the creek or rising up to get a good look at me. I recently did a guided visualization exercise in which I was supposed to visualize my best day in 2015 from start to finish, in as much detail as possible. The otter reminds me a lot of what my mind came up with because my visualization included a lot of playfulness.
There are days, like today, I get lucky and I don’t have to choose a direction. I have time to explore and branch out in different directions. First I went east, watching as the light from the rising sun brought color to the clouds.
Then I went west through the woods, towards the dock and the creek where the otter and I greeted each other.
The otter knows how special the early mornings are out on the creek.
The geese know it, too. You can hear them honking about it, telling us to wake up and see the beauty of the morning, or put down whatever we’re doing in the evening and go watch the sunset.
Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.
~ Alan W. Watts
It’s easy to let the present moment expand at sunrise and sunset. The trick is to practice it during the rest of the day or evening, sinking into the everyday moments wholeheartedly. It feels like magic when it happens.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this mixed up Tuesday. The weather isn’t quite sure what it wants to do. Sunshine, clouds, sunshine, rain, more clouds, sunshine. The good news is that it’s warm (in the 50’s again) so who cares? Sunset is at 4:44 PM again. Meet you out on the dock if it’s not raining and we’ll see what there is to see. If it rains, the porch will be good enough. We’ll stay dry and we’ll still be able to look out over the garden and the backyard.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Learning from the otter; sitting on the dock at sunrise watching the magic of clouds and fog mix with light and color; the sound of the geese honking overhead; little birds in the woods leading the way out; a general feeling of overall well-being.