Have you ever had a conscious experience where you are looking into your own life as a bystander through the eyes of gratitude and compassion?
Sunrise. Nothing quite compares to the moment when the first ray flares above the horizon, illuminating the sky and surroundings with soft golden hues. Glorious.
It's wonderfully quiet and peaceful around. Stunningly beautiful. Simple. Yet, there is nothing simple about the overall experience.
I love photographing during those early hours, not only because of the artistic expression, but also because of nature's magical ability to inspire reflective thinking and meditative awareness.
I don't know if it's happened to you, but watching the sunrise (and for that matter, the sunset), completely overtakes me with emotions of pure love and bliss. Something about that first burst of light just sparks a feeling of wonder and belonging. I get chills every time and literally become speechless. I can't explain it. The energy that is exchanged is amazingly powerful. And the only thing that I'm able to do is be in complete awe.
This energy I can only explain as divinity. I see, I feel a divine presence. I feel pure and unconditional love moving through my heart, generating more love, and inspiring the action to give it all away without expecting anything in return.
It's fascinating how in this material world there is just as pronounced metaphysical spiritual presence - energy that communicates to the inner intelligence and intuitive perception to create, inspire, evolve, change, understand, resolve. We may define it by different names, but we cannot deny that it's more absolute, enlightened, and powerful than we could ever grasp or explain.
How incredible is this constant interaction between energies and universal principles? Looking at every moment as an outsider, it's hard not to witness and be in awe of the coherency and timing of life's events.
I think being aware, or at least, being curious, being open to having deeper connectivity with life and nature, makes the whole experience so much more absolute. There's so much wisdom, goodness, bliss, love, abundance available, and it's available to everyone.
The Universe doesn't know the difference between black or white, poor or rich; the Universe recognizes and responds to energy. Whatever energy you generate, the Universe responds with the same.
Many people say that I live in a bubble, that I am completely oblivious to the world around me. They are right. I chose to live this way. Maybe it's naive, childish. I don't know. I just know that this way of being and living has helped me create a more spiritual and positive way of relating, living and learning.
I've had a somewhat modest and small life experience compared to what other people go through, but everyone has their own path, their own lessons to learn. I try my best to generate good energy and thus, create a good life for myself and for those around me. I've fought for and have earned this life. Good vibes is a real thing. And it works.
Everyday I make a choice. I consciously choose to avoid things that don't serve me. I choose to focus on things that elevate my energy. I choose to be positive. It's not easy. I have my moments. I get in all sorts of moods. There is temptation. There is social pressure. There is the past with all of its extra baggage. And there is the ego with it's fear-based, insecurity-filled thoughts, actions, and emotions. It's a lot to deal with. Nonetheless, I keep moving forward; I keep looking up.
I always get a funny surprised look when I tell people my real age. Most assume I'm younger by the way I act and speak. As a woman, you always want to hear that you look younger than you are, but I'm not going to lie and say that sometimes I wish I was more "grown-up." I'm laughing as I'm writing this because what does being a "grown-up" really mean?
One of my pet peeves is people who think that 30 is the new 50 and they act like it. Life is over. You can't have fun anymore. You can't dream anymore. Yes, there are a ton more responsibilities as you become an adult, but you can still find time for the inner child within - you have to, otherwise you might go insane. I know 50 year-old's who are full of vitality and spirit, who make you believe life is limitless. It really is a state of mind.
So, yes, I skip around in the rain like a little girl. I gasp of wonder when I see a pretty flower. I squeeze soft plushy toys at Target. I smile at the sun. I still look up at palm trees like I've never seen one before. I don't read newspapers. I don't watch the news. I have no idea what's going on in the world of politics or economics. Other things interest me - spirituality, holistic healing, art, fitness. I shift my focus to things that raise my vibration because I believe that everything is energy.
I try to think that life happens for me, not to me. I feel the good and the bad moments. Sometimes I stay in the bad moments longer than I want to.
Life is full of adventures, some more pleasant than others, but that's the beauty of it. Just to think that every moment is filled with opportunity and reflection! Life is so vibrant - a remarkable source of meaning and purpose. Cherish it.