Tag Archives: Sky

Clouds in a Cup

27 Mar

We have all been guilty of looking at an object a million times, but never noticing it. We walk past flowers on our way to work, but we are in a hurry, so we only glance over them. We hear a busker playing a moving song on the metro, but we have to finish reading our newspaper, so we block the sound out. We have windows facing west, but we don’t take a moment to look at the sunset, because there is a show to watch on T.V.

In this way, we miss the simple beauty that is constantly around us. We search for meaning in material or virtual things, when real meaning is right outside our doorstep. Trying to find meaning in anything other than our everyday lives is like going on a treasure hunt across the world, with the treasure already in our hands. To notice the preciousness of life simply means shifting our attention to the small things, the tiniest details.

A few days ago, I was drinking tea on the balcony. I do this every day, and this time did not seem to be different to any other time: the view was the same, the sounds were the same, the tea tasted the same. But one thing was different: as I raised the tea to my mouth, I noticed that there were clouds in my cup.

Clouds in a Cup

The sky was reflected in the water! I had never noticed this before, yet this small detail, this minute observation, made a huge difference. I was no longer just gulping my tea down and clearing my mind during my work pause; I was genuinely enjoying being on my balcony, drinking tea and looking at the sky.

Reflection of Clouds in Tea

The Clouds in the Sky

This change in perception transformed my ten-minute break and it transformed the rest of my day; I had seen something new and experienced something original, which put a smile on my face and lifted my mood. It doesn’t take a lot to be happy!

All around us there are things to inspire us, make us smile and fill us with energy. All we have to do is notice the small details and see them for the significant things that they are.

SUPERMOON, Saturday 19 March 2011

19 Mar

On my evening walk last night, I took a mental photo of the sublime moon shining in the dark blue sky. Soft grey clouds floated over it, hiding it from view in the first few minutes of my promenade. Then slowly, they descended, like a silk chemise falling down, revealing an exquisite body underneath. The moon glowed, lighting up the sky around it. I started at it, hypnotised.  With its magnetic force, it drew not only me, but water, earth and air, towards it. Its majestic reign over the evening sky was like a queen’s calm gaze over her devotees. Despite being distant, the moon has strong, but subtle power over us; although it seems disengaged from the world, the moon is completely connected to us. I looked at this mysterious goddess in the sky and, despite knowing that I would never fathom this ethereal creation, I was grateful for being able to appreciate its beauty.


Tonight, 19 March 2011, will be the first “supermoon” – a full moon when it is the closest to the earth – in nineteen years. Be sure to take time to look at the night sky and make the most of this extraordinary event. And if your camera is as good as this one, please send me a photo!

Spring is Coming!

11 Feb

For those living in a concrete jungle like London, it is all too easy not to notice the changes that each season brings. Running in between buildings we only have time to notice the state of the sky…and in London it is pretty much the same no matter the season.

However, on my recent walks in the park, I have noticed that nature is waking up from its winter sleep. Flowers are starting to grow and buds are appearing. It is wonderful seeing the arrival of spring; it is like witnessing the birth of something beautiful and tender. Amongst all the grey around, bright young flowers stick out their little heads and try to win our attention.

Here are some photos I took of the arrival of spring in a London park.

 

What does spring where you live look like?