vibrations, time, & more stars

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To be alive, most perfectly alive
A new year
Yet another opportunity to get it right
This gift called life
Part of the sun, part of the earth
The glitter of the sun on the surface of the water
I resolve to treat this year like a precious gift
To celebrate nature’s beauty with my art and life
To live a little closer to nature’s beauty, silence and mystery
To let a little more of nature’s beauty, silence and mystery into my heart
To give back with gratitude
~Roderick MacIver

may the path of our essential rightness lift us to the sky….in dreams….in the precious turning points….in the darkest nights……

A few weeks ago, in the country, far from the lights of the city, I saw the entire sky “powdered with stars” (in Milton’s words); such a sky, I imagined, could be seen only on high, dry plateaus like that of Atacama in Chile (where some of the world’s most powerful telescopes are). It was this celestial splendor that suddenly made me realize how little time, how little life, I had left. My sense of the heavens’ beauty, of eternity, was inseparably mixed for me with a sense of transience- and death. I have been comforted, since I wrote about having metastatic cancer, by the hundreds of letters I have received, the expressions of love and appreciation, and the sense that (despite everything) I may have lived a good and useful life. I remain very glad and grateful for all this- yet none of it hits me as did that night sky full of stars.  ~Oliver Sacks

stars understand

This moment
Is all there is.

~Rumi

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