The other day I found myself accidentally catching the most magnificent sunset: white capped mountains, hues of pinks and purples spun across the sky like cotton candy. I could literally feel myself relax as a nice long breath escaped my lips. In that moment, I felt a tugging in my soul for more. More sunsets. More deep breaths. More relaxation. Life had gotten me. Damn.
That rat race that I so abhor, it got me. There I was in the hamster wheel, racing as fast as I could…How had I stopped noticing?
The hum of the world. The buzzing of things-to-do, places-to-be, gadgets-to-have, errands-to-run, money-to-save, work-to-be-done…the day-to-day monotony. The inner voice, “I think I can, I think I can….”
That is how we stop noticing.
We have to be diligent and retrain ourselves to notice. To quiet the loud hums of the world by going inside (or outside into nature) where the silence is so loud and piercing that there are nothing but answers to be uncovered.
We are taught that we are unable to touch our creator. I think that’s nonsense. Our creator, I believe, is not just found in one place, in one element (i.e. “Father God is just up in the sky ‘watching us'”).
No, it is MUCH more powerful, much more beautiful, much more miraculous, much more dimensional than that. There are glimmers all around us in many places, faces, elements…and even within us.
Silence the crazy world for five minutes. Put down the gadgets, look away from the lists, and just look UP. Heck, most of us can’t even cross the street comfortably without staring at the phone the entire time. Look up, be present, NOTICE. Seriously, you will be shocked at how much you may be missing.
We have such a disconnection with and to the Earth. Yet, within us we carry parts of this very Earth in the form of minerals. Minerals control so many processes throughout our bodies. Without them, we would surely die and when we do die, they are all that is left of us (the ashes to ashes, if you will).
“And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.” -Ecclesiastes 12:7, Bible, Young’s Literal Translation
Minerals are from the Earth. We are of this Earth too just like all of the other glorious creations walking around with us. Yet we just walk the Earth everyday as though it has no special value beyond being this mound of dirt waiting for pipes or buildings or highways.
Those mountains, they are meant to be climbed. That ocean, it’s meant to be swam in. That grass, it is meant to be felt below your toes.
I love this quote from the Color Purple, I think it sums it up beautifully…
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
From this Earth, comes life. Even from death, the Earth creates life. The Earth is alive. Feel it’s power, go into it’s many elements.
We can see it, feel it, and touch it. What is from the Earth shall return to the Earth…and yet where does the rest of us go–the thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, lessons?
We can’t have it all figured out. It’s impossible. If we knew all the answers, the process that is life would be in vein. Right? So we must proceed on, with evidence that something pretty amazing and awe inspiring is happening. We must take our experiences and squeeze out every ounce of understanding. That is how we know peace.
The point is to NOTICE. Notice the glory…it happens ALL around us everyday. We can’t seriously be waiting for winged angels to come down and create miracles, else we miss the simple miracles that are, everyday. If you don’t believe in miracles….study the human body. Study how a plant grows from a tiny seed that creates millions more seeds. Study the stars. Ask questions. What a creation. Nothing we create as a species will ever be as great as mother nature.
When we think of spirituality, most of us think of church or religion. We believe that we have to attend a service or hear someone else’s opinion to truly be spiritual to truly be worthy. My take on spirituality is much deeper than that.
I believe we each have access to the divine spark, creator/creation. But first, we must get quiet and let go of all the ideas we think it should be to allow it to be what it is, naturally.
Another good one from The Color Purple…
“Here’s the thing, say Shug. The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don’t know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit.
It? I ask. Yeah, It. God ain’t a he or a she, but a It. But what do it look like? I ask. Don’t look like nothing, she say. It ain’t a picture show. It ain’t something you can look at apart from anything else, including yourself. I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found it.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Too often, we seek the answers outside of ourselves. We hope external things will be enough to push us into true contentment (monetary gains, physique, changing how others see us, other people <kids, relationships>).
But the truth is, if you are never happy with what you currently have or all that you ARE…will you ever be happy with more? There is always something newer, bigger, better. It’s time to realize that what we need, we already possess within us. We just have to shine the light on it and learn to love things as they is 😉. And we can do so by noticing.
Get out there. Turn off the noise (literally and metaphorically). Pound your feet on that Earth. Feel the her breath through your hair. Relish life by noticing it all around you. You will be amazed by what she whispers in your ear.