Do You See What I See?
Last night there was a full moon in the night sky. As a post-50 female with a sketchy short-term memory, I had to be reminded twice and almost forgot to look at it. As it shone through the trees, I thought about how many people were missing the moon, perhaps alone in their houses watching Law and Order, perhaps out on the streets searching for drugs. I was reading a book, one that I won’t remember. I also know that somewhere in the world there was reverence for last night’s golden moon and its fullness. Somewhere in a village friends and families sat together, taking it in, fed by its light.
There are so many realities in this world, so many lives and ways of living. How can we remember to stand outside of our habitual living and take in the beauty and wonder of the world around us? To feel and really see the moments and the magic of our lives? The nearness and the light of a full moon is a wonder, an amazing sight in an urban sky. It guided our ancestors, suggested mystery and allowed human beings to feel closer to the heavens.
There is mystery and wonder all around us, in the play of light on leaves, in the comings and goings of our neighbors, in the awesome power of our bodies, our daily breathing. By taking a moment each day to be mindful, to really see the pieces and details that make up our lives, we can immerse ourselves in beauty and creation without ever leaving home. We can rest our minds, take a mini vacation. We can simply be, in the awareness of the wonder of our lives.