We can see anything we want these days - anything at all. We can experience many things while sitting in an armchair at home. Within four walls, images of the world and the known universe can be flashed up before our eyes. We can see things that evoke emotions of all kinds. We can become angry, sad, fearful and joyful and really feel these things in a contained kind of way. It seems we can experience everything - but is this really true? If our bodies are nothing much more than transports for our heads, then I suppose it might be.
If however, we are so much more than our thinking minds, then these contained emotions are simply a shadow of the intensity truly available to us.
When we go outside, something changes in us. Watch little children when they are 'let out'. Joy springs forth! They laugh, they skip, they become so much more when they are allowed out to be free. They expand. We are all like this, only for most of us we have forgotten. Our little children (the ones inside of us) have forgotten how to play outside - we have retreated into our heads, and think that is all we are. We keep ourselves small, compacted, contracted - knowing only a tiny fraction of what it is to be human.
Most of us imagine we do not have time to watch a sunset - except on that very special date...! We chase ourselves along to get the next thing done, forgetting all the while that we will never get it done. We are not kind enough to ourselves to allow the space to see and feel our part on the greatness of Life. Why do we not allow ourselves to be nurtured by the gifts of the Universe?
This sunset picture was taken last evening at the Autumn Equinox - the time of equal day and night. I think this is very special. To me it is a reminder of the continuing changes of all things - nothing settles for long, everything is in flux. The balance of day and night soons tips, and our world shows us a very different face. Life comes and goes, and while we are here, let us not forget the balance in our lives. Let us take the time to be the human we were born to be.