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Seeing with Beginners Sight

What kind of seeing should we do during this Lenten season? In Buddhism they talk about Beginner’s Mind. Perhaps we should work at Beginners Sight.

Whether seeing clouds or the vineyard - or both - it is a world of glory

Whether seeing clouds or the vineyard – or both – it is a world of glory

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

– Betty Smith (There are certainly many Betty Smiths in the world – I’ll leave it up to the readers to discover which one she is.)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View

The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.
– Al Neuharth
Mt. Whitney is definitely not a molehill (at 14,505 feet). But from this perspective at Trail Camp (@12,000 feet), it is difficult to perceive that it really is that tall. And for me, ten years after the backpacking trip, I can no longer recall which peak is which, from the angle I was standing at Trail Camp. It all depends on where you stand, what and how you see.

How like life! It isn’t that I sometimes see “wrong”, but that I need to look from a different angle, or perhaps from the perspective of someone else. It can make all the difference.

From where you stand - from where you sit, how tall does this look to you?

From where you stand – from where you sit, how tall does this look to you?

So How Do You See It?

It’s a beautiful world to see,
Or it’s dismal in every zone,
The thing it must be in its gloom or its gleam
Depends on yourself alone.

– Anonymous

So what do you see? A dismal and foggy day? Or do you see the potential for majesty and that oak tree on the hill behind the bridge?

So what do you see? A dismal and foggy day? Or do you see the potential for majesty and that oak tree on the hill behind the bridge?

Getting Perspective

I’ve learned to time things so that I am driving with a beautiful sunset off to the west as I drive home. It calms me. It gives me perspective. I think, “There is a hideous traffic jam in front of me. There are trucks on either side of me. This is a mess and I can’t believe any good will ever come of it. But look at that phenomenal sunset! Look at those clouds. Look at the reflection on the mountains. Look at how it makes the snow sparkle on the mountains.” It puts things in context.

JoAnn Valenti

Sunset adds such perspective . . . if we notice it

Sunset adds such perspective . . . if we notice it

Making Sense fo the World

Everything in the world makes sense and is wonderful if viewed through open eyes.
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
Seeing the beauty of rust on an old truck

Seeing the beauty of rust on an old truck

Easter Thursday- What to Remember When Waking

Today’s Easter Poem is by one of my favorite poets, David Whyte. I heard him recently at the Religious Education Congress in Southern California. It is wonderful just to hear him recite poetry. What a wonderful experience!

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?

What to Remember When Waking

In that first
hardly noticed
moment
in which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
moveable
and frighteningly
honest
world
where everything
began,
there is a small
opening
into the day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.
What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.
What you can live wholeheart-
edly
will make plans
enough for the vitality
To be human
is to become visible,
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.
To remember
the other world
in
this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.
You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth, you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents,
you were invited
from another and greater
night
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.
Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
presence
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches

against a future sky?

Is it waiting

in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?
Source: House of Belonging, by David Whyte.
Langley, WA: Many RiversPress, 1996. p. 26

Let Us Open our Eyes

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”

– Rachel Carson