Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Nature's Lessons: Skyscapes
As I meander towards more natural ways of living, I've found myself taking cues, lessons, and encouragement from Mother Nature herself. Today's restorative message is brought to you by the sky above your head.
Our ever-changing skyscape reminds me that stagnation is an illusion perpetuated by my limited perception-along with my even more limited ego. Just like the fluffy cloud dinosaurs who stretch and shift into haunted wispy faces in the sky, everything around us is in constant flux, but the measured pace of the change makes it easy to miss. I must remember to practice patience during slower transitions and transformations. Wanna really be smacked in the face by the power of transformation? Enjoy a full sunrise or sunset.
The surprising beauty of the sky reminds me how much loveliness is constantly accessible to me if I can just remember to look for it. Whether it's layer after layer of cozy cloud blankets reminding me just how many shades of gray exist in nature or prismatic sunbeams dramatically peeking through cloud windows, there's always something to appreciate when I gaze upward-or downward-or aroundward.
The expansiveness of the sky reminds me to be both humble and excited about the possibilities of the wide-open future. When coupled with a willingness to fulfill one's potential, humility can serve as an excellent counterweight. Also, the sheer enormity of the sky allows for a panoramic display of beauteous scenes, reminding me that if I shift my perspective even just a few degrees, my entire outlook can change! What a fly sky!
Photo by Dane Hill