Did anyone see that beautiful full moon last night? It was a huge silver coin suspended in the sky, just begging to be admired. The moon at any stage is lovely; but there is something special about the full moon.
This one was especially special, being that it coincided with a minor lunar eclipse, also known as a *penumbral lunar eclipse. It is the first lunar eclipse of 2017.
How many times do we say that we have to be more “present?” Notice more? See more? Feel more? It doesn’t take a lot out of our day to really look at the amazing things all around us.
I may have mentioned this before in another post, but it is said that, when an artist dies, he or she is given the gift of painting that day’s sunset. The day my mother died, the sunset as I remember it was shot through with gold and flamingo pink fire, blazing down into lavender and peony embers.
If you live near the water, take time to admire its particular beauty. Right now there is ice on the lakes and ponds, and amazingly, in the open areas, ducks serenely paddle. If you live near the sea, you can be mesmerized by the rolling gray-green-blue water, the hypnotic sound of waves grumbling to shore, and the icy sand under foot. The raucous screech of seagulls wheeling overhead and the salt on the wind all play a part in the whole experience.
If you live in or around the mountains, then you know what ‘purple mountain majesty’ means. You can watch as the sun and clouds play over the mountains and changing color as they go. If you have ever climbed a mountain, then you can recall when the vegetation turns to outcropping rocks and tightly woven moss. This means that you are coming to the top; a reward for all that climbing.
I remember the time I was in Arizona and went to see the Grand Canyon. It was a cloudy day, and I was disappointed—until I looked down into the canyon. I could see the dark and light areas kaleidoscope as the clouds chased across the sun. Brilliant colors in the canyon flashed red, orange, ocher, black and brown, and deep below was the clear blue Colorado River.
Let’s remember that, wherever we are, there are sights and sounds all around us that we should not miss. Let us not be too busy with errands, tasks, have-tos and must-dos that we miss out on all that beauty. When life gets tedious or scary or riddled with grief and worry, we can summon forth those sights and sounds that open our hearts and minds to amazement and joy.
*Penumbral: per Webster’s dictionary: a : a space of partial illumination (as in an eclipse) between the perfect shadow on all sides and the full light b : a shaded region surrounding the dark central portion of a sunspot.