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:
- Lie flat on the ground/terrace.
- Pay attention to your breathing and allow yourself to relax.
- Imagine as though you are being held closely by the earth and simultaneously are expanding into the open sky.
- Let your eyes wander, taking in the moon and stars.
- Focus on the one directly above you and make this the center of your attention.
- 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.
- 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.
- Routinely, gently take your attention back to the star right above you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thank the sun, moon, stars and the earth for their beauty and healing energies.
- 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.
Image Source: Quote-lover.com