The moon has been on my mind the last couple of days. This month's moon is known as the Long Night's Moon by some Native tribes as it is the longest night a full moon will see occurring the closest to the Winter Solstice. I awakened yesterday at 4 a.m. seemingly summoned by the moon and arose to watch with great awe the shining beauty, the shadows cast on the snow by her light, and the twinkling of the glittering snow being bathed in the glow. How could anything be more beautiful, more contemplative, than this?
I awoke again early today and immediately searched for my friend. I found her in the west sky blanketed by a thin haze, but glowing through in beauty...
After a time of basking in her glow and feeling a bit of frost on my toes, I came in to find my breakfast and coffee. I was deep into the morning news when R arose and came in. She stopped dead in her tracks and said 4 words, "look at the sky!" Since we cannot see the western sky where the moon was setting from our living room, I glanced out the window facing East. There, on the horizon were the brightest crimson red hues intermingled with bright golden rays! I had not even looked at the sunrise being so caught up in the moon, but it was breathtaking! Believe me, the camera does not do it justice, but here is a glimpse:
Again, I found myself out in the cold, frosty morning being mesmerized by the beauty in front of me. I went to the front of the house, and yes, the moon was still there. I wondered how often we miss something remarkable because we are fixated on something else. There is so much beauty, so many blessings -- but if we focus on just one thing, it can easily be taken away. I think the real blessing is to be grateful for many things. Not just my health, my wonderful job, my relationship, my lovely home, my friends and family... My blessings abound.
That is why I love the gratitude threads and groups here on SP. I am reminded daily (well..almost daily when I post) that I have so many things for which to be not only grateful, but sometimes astounded by! I read the posts of others and am humbled by the offerrings and sharing of the smallest "noticing" to the large life events that are posted there.
I hope to continue this practice this year with new enthusiasm! I hope to notice more and more of the blessings I have been given...and...when I am focused on one blessing, to remember to turn around!
Blessings and joy to all of you. I am so grateful for you...each and every one!