PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Donald Altman in ONE MINUTE MINDFULNESS

“The sky and the moon are waiting for your gaze. Their spaciousness invites us to a revolutionary perspective, the big view, the right now. To gaze at the sky and the moon is to leave the thinking, discursive, calculating, judging mind behind and to expand our awareness beyond the limited self to vast consciousness, of which we are an integral part. Stargazing and moongazing do not have to be an escape from the mundane; instead, they can be a way to grasp that the ordinary is also sublime when we become fully present to it.

The practice of gazing at the sky and the moon brings two important things into focus. First, it lets us embrace wholeness and unity, balancing out our personal, limited, and separate view of existence. British philosopher and Zen practitioner, Alan Watts, described this well when he said, “You are breathing. The wind is blowing. The trees are waving. Your nerves are tingling. The individual and the universe are inseparable, but the curious thing is, very few people are aware of it. Everything in nature depends on everything else. So it’s interconnected…When you look out of your eyes at nature happening out there, your looking at you.”

Donald Altman, in “One Minute Mindfulness”

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