Lately contemplating overwhelming, personal
headaches, body-aches and heartaches,
while sitting out late at night
under real dark, new moon skies.
Imagining navigating difficulties by stars,
just like our curious ancestors.
My dilemmas bearing down
as well as those facing all living beings
seem less imposing against a background
of the universes countless stars.
Was that an asteroid that just whizzed by earth?
With sky clear, looking deeply
within my own calm feelings &
peaceful workings, freedom presented
by galaxy’s vast spaciousness
is remarkably recognized, familiar.
In order to visualize cosmic guidance
I asked my camera to focus on infinity
and expose the Milky Way for one half second, up to three seconds.
When everything out there seems to be rotating,
then it’s actually us earthlings who are dizzily spinning, yes?
Being a part of the universe at this most
special present moment makes me smile.
Wishing you clear skies.
“When you ask the question, “Who am I?”—if you have enough time and concentration—you may find some surprising answers. You may see that you are a continuation of your ancestors. Your parents and your ancestors are fully present in every cell of your body; you are their continuation. You don’t have a separate self. If you remove your ancestors and your parents from you, there’s no “you” left.
You may see that you’re made of elements, like water for example. If you remove the water from you, there’s no “you” left. You’re made of earth. If you remove the element earth from you, there’s no “you” left. You’re made of air. You need air desperately; without air you cannot survive. So if you remove the element of air from you, there’s no “you” left. And there’s the fire element, the element of heat, the element of light, in you. You know that you are made of light. Without sunlight, nothing can grow on Earth. If you continue to look, you see that you are made of the sun, one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And you know that the Earth, as well as yourself, is made of the stars. So you are the stars. On a clear night, look up, and you can see that you are the stars above. You’re not just the tiny body you normally may think of as “yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise