Always looking up.

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I look up every chance I get. First thing in the morning. On my run. On my way to work. In between classes. Out for a bike ride. From the skylight in my office. On the front porch before I go to sleep.

Connected to Something Bigger

The sky connects us to something much bigger than ourselves. Challenges seem small in comparison to the vastness of the sky. Solutions seem plausible. Answers come more easily.

The stars heighten our awareness, expand our field of possibilities, and relax our mind. In their presence, we embrace the profound and surrender the pettiness. When we look up, we become fully present. In the moment. Completely mindful. Nowhere else to be but one with the sky above.

Peace of Mind

The celestial bodies provide a sense of comfort, peace of mind, and well-being. No matter what happens, the sun will rise, the stars will shine, and the moon will glow.

Blazing sunsets, radiant full moons, and shimmering constellations are all reassuring reminders that we are in this life together. We are united. We share the same magnificent celestial view.  No matter what happens, we share equal access to the divine, all-powerful universe. We are one. We are never alone.

From Me to We

Recent research at the University of California confirms that a “me to we” transformation takes place when exposed to nature. The study found that inducing a sense of awe (e.g., star gazing; looking at the ocean) in participants shifted their focus from personal needs (small self) to greater concern for society at large (altruistic behaviour).

“Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to research. Awe is that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. People commonly experience awe in nature, but also in response to religion, art and even music. When experiencing awe, you may not, egocentrically speaking, feel like you’re at the centre of the world anymore. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others.” Source: Science Daily

“The sun, the moon, and the stars are there to guide us.” Dennis Banks

I am starstruck every time I look up. I am in awe. The sun, the moon, and the stars are the true celebrities in our universe. Always shining. Always inspiring. Always showing us the way.

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What lights your way?

65 thoughts on “Always looking up.

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  2. We like the “me to we” thought. It is a very powerful way of looking at moving from selfish to selfless. So much truth in what you describe as it helping us connect to something much bigger then ourselves. Thank you Andrea for setting a good thought base for us to build on today.

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  3. I find your articles very insightful and in tune. I do my best to promote holistic tools for wellness and personal well being. Your writing is very helpful. The element that stuck out for me was the line “I look up every chance I get.” Those lines attracted me, because although you speak literally about looking up at the sky, I found it to be a beautiful metaphor for moving forward in difficult times. Things get dark but no one should let themselves be consumed by the negativity. Even in the most difficult of times and when you have no idea how you’re going to move forward, look up and keep your head up. If you feel lost, surrender your troubles. Have faith things will turn out okay. For me personally, I surrender them to God when I cannot find a way and things always turn around once I surrender. My other favorite line is “No matter what happens, the sun will rise, the stars will shine, and the moon will glow.” Beautiful way to nudge people out of the egotistic perspective when things are seem to be going downhill. Gentle way of saying “The world doesn’t stop for you.”

    Wonderful piece.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my post on your website & for your ideas about this article. You have an expansive & uplifting way of writing. Something that I always look forward to reading. You make a concerted effort to shift yourself & your readers out of our ME me me egocentrism to a connected “all is one” WE viewpoint. Shine on Danni! Shine on. ⭐️💫

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    1. Hi Denzil!

      Yes, for sure! When I practiced as a psychologist I recommended time in nature as a doorway to mindfulness. For myself & my clients. Self-care is essential for therapists as a antidote to vicarious trauma & compassion fatigue.

      I also continue to assign “stress relief homework” to my psychology students at the college. And we all benefit.

      Relaxed Professors ↔️ Relaxed Students. 🌲 ☀️

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  4. Wonderful post doc! I’ve always believed that nature is a great motivator and a great healer. It reassures the presence of goodness and godliness in life. The serenity of night sky truly leaves us in awe. I used to connect with the night sky a lot before my marriage but with kids, I had completely forgotten about this habit. Thanks for the reminder. I’m headed to the terrace right away 🙂

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  5. Looking up is such a comfort. One of my favorite verses assures, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28 KJV. How beautiful He is up there! ❤

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  6. My son recently experienced being in the solar eclipse zone of total eclipse. He describes his reaction and that of fellow watchers as a deep spiritual experience. An experience that brought people together in a shared two minutes of awe and connection to something much larger than self.

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  7. Lovely! I remember while in France looking up at the sky and seeing it look like something else. It was the most amazing view I think I’ve ever seen and has always stuck with me. I agree that nature calms us and so perhaps it’s no wonder many live under stress when glued to technology rather than even taking the smallest of bre… *places down phone and heads outside* better start practicing what I preach! Great post. I look forward to more. 💚

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    1. Thanks Arbie!

      Just reading the word France transports me to another world! I can just imagine how incredible the sky was that night.

      Hoping the night sky was equally mesmerizing last night at 9:04pm when you typed your comment above. Hee hee..

      You had me at **places down phone and heads outside**

      💃🌈

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    1. No wonder you picked the ocean Dr. Kathy! Florida is such a beautiful place to live. I’m imagining the vastness of the ocean as I type this. The image alone shifts me to a higher place.

      Hoping you have a chance to enjoy a relaxing walk along the coast this weekend. And perhaps make a small wish for both of us. For another great school year & year of positivity.🌊📚

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  8. I love this post! I used to always spend just 5 or 10 minutes on my deck before bed, in silence, gratitude, and wonder. I need to get back to that! I also always think of Paulo Coehlo admonishing us to “lift your gaze” in his book The Valkyries. It makes such a difference! Thanks for the reminder!!

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  9. “Lift your gaze.” Such a great quote / mantra for life.

    Thank you also for sharing the reference to his book. I just listened to Oprah’s new soul series podcast interviewing Paulo Coehlo. He is so humble & funny! Such a treat to listen to someone so successful and yet so relatable. He definitely lifts his gaze.

    I will think of you tonight as you return to your soul nourishing habit of sitting on your deck before bedtime. (I will do the same!) The Heavens await! 🌌💙

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