Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hazy Sunshine


I saw the freshly hatched sun today over Lake Michigan. It rises as an expression of hope.

Why is the sun hidden sometimes (like every night!)? I have the privilege of education so I get the earth spinning and revolving around the sun explanation... There might be more. This scientific understanding also says something about our consciousness. We are aware of the sun existing even when we don't see it. Or are we? Apparently this is an ability we get at a pretty young age. There is a time when Mommy has left the room, and we understand that she is not gone forever, and we "see" that she has only left temporarily. And then there's a time when someone dies, and even though they are not available to be seen like they used to be, they are still there in consciousness similar to the sun when we can't see it.

The weather forecast called for hazy sunshine... I guess this is it. I seem to have awareness without clarity.

I understand that the sun is hidden when I can't see it, but when it is gone from my direct experience it's almost like I forget to believe in it. Sometimes it is just a lonely, dark night.

There is also a sense of mystery about things that exist outside what can be immediately seen, and sometimes the joy cannot be held back. This often happens when I practice a yoga posture--joy starts coming out! I don't know from where, and what does it matter. I enjoy the joy! And I am thrilled by the rising sun.

5 comments:

Linda-Sama said...

In Buddhism it is said that our minds are like the sky -- there is what is called Big Sky Mind meditation.

Even when it is cloudy, the sun is always behind the clouds. You know this if you go up in a plane.

Our thoughts are like the clouds and joy is like the sun -- it is always there even tho obscured.

Eco Yogini said...

funny- i always feel that the moon is my preference and I miss it during the day. the other night i had the awesome experience of watching it rise over the harbour... it was beautiful.

i guess with the moon as well, sometimes you can see Her during the day :)

i love your picture here!

YogaforCynics said...

"I understand that the sun is hidden when I can't see it, but when it is gone from my direct experience it's almost like I forget to believe in it. Sometimes it is just a lonely, dark night."

Beautiful post, Brooks. I relate...

svasti said...

I thought of this analogy several years ago and your lovely post brings revives its memory.

It’s about consciousness/awareness. And how it’s a never-ending game of revelations.

But I was thinking about the night sky instead of the sun, and how we can never really see all the stars in the sky. In the day time they’re there, but not visible to the naked eye. And at night, depending on where we are (city/country etc), we can see more or less of them. Same goes for bad weather, or if there’s an eclipse etc. We don’t always get to see the dazzling beauty of starlight.

I don’t see our journey to enlightenment as linear or like ‘levelling up’ in a computer game (haha).

But we definitely know the light is there. It’s just… how much do we get to see? Well, it depends on where we’re at.

Grace said...

just catching up on your latest posts. you must be in a poetic mood lately, because your posts are beautifully written.