March 1 sunset 022

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.

Alan Watts

In seasons of changings and turnings, we are offered a fresh opportunity to wake up; to notice the beauty and wonder around us.  We are invited to notice the tiny miracles which constantly unfold in our world.  All it takes is a moment of our attention to pause and appreciate.  A moment to breathe deeply, and notice the beauty.

March 1 sunset 009

“If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Did you spot the bluebird in the tree?  The birds gather at dusk in the bamboo at the bottom of the garden.  The air comes alive with cardinals, bluebirds, finches, and robins, calling out to one another and preparing for the night ahead.  One only experiences their gathering if one comes outside and joins them at sunset.  We experience beauty when we make ourselves available and open to witnessing it.

March 1 sunset 015

“The things that we perceive as beautiful may be different,

but the actual characteristics we ascribe to beautiful objects are similar.

Think about it.

When something strikes us as beautiful, it displays more presence and sharpness of shape and vividness of color, doesn’t it?

It stands out. It shines.

It seems almost iridescent

compared to the dullness of other objects less attractive.”

James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

Our attention is a powerful tool.  When we give our attention to something, the experience is reciprocal.  We are touched and changed, for better or worse.    When we give our attention to what is beautiful, what is  full of life; our own lives are touched with joy.

February 27, 2014 hellebores 008

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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