Contemplating the Stars

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What can be better than the cool breeze on a summer night under the starry skies?  Dazzled by the city lights, we urban dwellers forget to look up.  If you don’t have a park nearby, go to your building terrace.  And instead of looking down at the city.  Look up.

The view may not be as spectacular as when seen from places remote from the artificial lights and pollution.  Nevertheless, it is often breathtaking.

I completely agree with Bill Watterson:

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” ~ Calvin and Hobbes

To enhance your relaxation into a wordless state – you may like to try this:

  1. Lie flat on the ground/terrace.
  2. Pay attention to your breathing and allow yourself to relax.
  3. Imagine as though you are being held closely by the earth and simultaneously are expanding into the open sky.
  4. Let your eyes wander, taking in the moon and stars.
  5. Focus on the one directly above you and make this the center of your attention.
  6. Now continue to breathe in a relaxed manner.  Let your thoughts and eyes wander as they may.  Don’t move your body, but let the eyes do what they feel like.
  7. You may follow a plane or two, or a shooting star if you are lucky.  Or a planet may catch your attention.  Gaze at them as long as you like.  If thoughts flow, let them.  Don’t resist.
  8. Routinely, gently take your attention back to the star right above you.
  9. After a few moments, your eyes may close.  Let them, but try not to fall asleep (you can save that for later).  Again take the attention back to the star above.
  10. Keep relaxing and then returning attention to the star for about 15 minutes.  By the end of it, you will feel calm, relaxed and empty of thought.
  11. Thank the sun, moon, stars and the earth for their beauty and healing energies.
  12. Rub your hands and cover your eyes.

Rise renewed and refreshed 🙂

If you try this, do let me know how you liked the experience.  And if you enjoy it, do share it with others.

 

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8 thoughts on “Contemplating the Stars

  1.  Thank you very much Sangeetha. Though I have not tried in the city, I have done it in a more unpolluted country side and enjoyed every minute of my gazing of the sky. although I have done it years ago, those nights are still fresh in my memory. It just gives me happiness, whenever I recall it. Thanks again.    ananth rao

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  2. Reblogged this on seeingM and commented:
    Oh, the magic available when one puts their focus on the full emptiness of the night sky! With the stars absorbing and reflecting what is available from the visible light spectrum, this leaves vast space for the ultra violet frequency to make itself know… no woo woo here, just the opportunity for our expansion of perception.
    ::

    ::
    We live the masterful life that’s mythical
    Feel its chords and its vibes atypical
    Do what you want
    It’s alright this mystical time you’ve got
    That’s a lot of this principle
    If you stay in this moments so critical
    Let the music change your brain stem’s chemicals
    Make you feel like your spirit’s invincible
    Force centrifugal reaching up to your pinnacle now
    It’s a wonderful night
    You’ve gotta take it from me
    It’s a wonderful night
    Feel the connectedness, energy, disprojected the weighted
    The whole collective consciousness
    Arise like helium oh
    Come on and break it on down
    ::
    THANK YOU Serene Reflection! For many weeks I have been feeling the pull to once again take my meditation tuffet and head up to the roof of my building for a little expansion of focus into the night sky. Think I am going to have to make time for the immense romance of a date with the grid soon!

    Appreciate the sync reminder SR. -x.M

  3. Serene Reflection….. I just rewatched the whole video for the song. I forgot that there are two uses of the incendiary *F* bomb of a word. My apologies. Please feel free to unlink if this offends. I just remembered the joy of the deeper message of this song when viewed with the eyes of consciousness that are focused on the magic of our shared night sky ans spontaneously posted up.

    Sincerely, (with love and light sent straight to you as you view the piece of our night sky found right about your beautiful head there in India)
    x.Maren

    1. Dear Maren,

      I feel your enthusiasm and enjoyed the post being a synchronic reminder for you 🙂 I haven’t seen the video, but I appreciate the space you shared from, so those two mentions do not make it reason to remove the comment 🙂 thank you for reposting and sharing your feelings here.
      May we all enjoy the night skies!

      Love and light

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