Friday, February 22, 2013

Pay Attention to the Sun and the Moon

Message 84 from Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grownups

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth, “you owe me.”  Look what happens with a love like that; It lights up the whole sky.”
-Hafiz

This quote by Hafiz speaks to the fact that in nature much is given—without expectation of anything in return.  We cannot control when the sun rises or when it slips below the horizon and yet we can marvel at the abundance of vital life energy it provides to all forms of life everywhere.  Even what we refer to as moonlight is actually the reflection of the sun’s light.  So the sun is always shining even at the darkest hour and there’s nothing to be done in order to earn this abundance of light.  It’s just given. 
            There is such wonder for every person to behold each day and night when we pay attention to all that surrounds us.  We can notice when “the moon is smiling” as my daughter recently pointed out.  We can choose to delight in the awe inspiring celestial events that remind us of the expansiveness of the universe we live in.  We even have the freedom to add our own touch of magic whenever we desire.  Why wait for a shooting star to make a wish, when any star will do?
            My daughter delighted in the Blue Moon on August 31, 2012.  We stood outside, staring into the moonlit sky.  As you might have guessed, I had to explain why the moon was not blue in color.  She accepted the explanation that it was just the name used to describe the phenomenon of having a second full moon in the same month.  You can make a wish, I offered.  She took one great big breath, looked up and said, “My wish is for all my dreams and wishes to come true.”  I smiled.  Her focus on the moon lingered as my eyes fell on her.  It was as though she was watching her wish make its way up right up there.  I resisted the urge to interrupt her silence with questions.   
            When life is not what you hoped it would be, take a moment and look to the sky.  Delight in it all.  Add your own touch of magic.  Wish upon a star.  Put into words what you really want.  Be specific.  May all your wishes and dreams come true. 

Love and Blessings,

Kathleen
                       

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