Sunday, October 25, 2015

Autumn Observed

When you have a few minutes on an autumn day, the best advice I can give is to find a woods and walk in. Walk into the color. Move around slowly. Look around. Absorb the fall atmosphere. Soak in autumn's ephemeral tints. See and smell and feel the changing of the seasons. Autumnal hues don't last long, and a moment unobserved is lost.

If you are lucky, and probably more easily if you're alone, you may experience something rare, something beyond normal daily life. I'll leave it to you to name your experience, but I urge you never to let go of the mystery.

It may only last a moment, but it will feel something like a combination of harmony, peace, and beauty. Rare as such moments are, genuine encounters with wild beauty transcend our normal life. Or least that's how it seems.

I can't help but wonder, though, if such luminous, transcendent experiences have to be rare? Could it be that such moments are really just times when we're reconnecting to old forgotten relationships? I tend to think the transcendent would be common if only we were open to it. Revelation is often a mere unveiling of what was there all along.

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