No, I am not a morning person. Which may be why, on the times when I have to be up and about before sunrise (appointments at the airport the most typical of such occasions) I often experience a sense of excitement and wonder. What is going to happen as the day unfolds? What surprises lay in store; what experiences to navigate? The darkness feels rich with possibility, and other people up starting their day give me a sensation of the vast network of life. As I drive by, it’s as if a thread of energy connects me with the others, stretching out like elastic before releasing its hold as I move on.
This is especially potent when I travel by plane. I always have the vision of airports as the spokes of great wheels. People unload from a plane, then spread in all kinds of directions to take them where they are meant to be that day. Some remain in the arrival city, moving outward from the hub in a myriad of routes appropriate for their occupations and plans for their days. Then there are those who only stay in that airport until their connecting flight departs, starting a whole new network to disperse in the next destination.
Unfortunately, I usually don’t watch the sunrise on early morning flights. Either I’m already asleep, lulled by the roar of the engines on take-off, or the sun has already greeted the skies for the new day. But on a recent evening flight, I saw the most magnificent sunset that will be engraved in my memory for some time. The colors along the horizon were the replication of a rainbow: deep red, orange, yellow – then yes, a stripe of green! -- before a lighter blue that darkened into the indigo blue of a night-infused atmosphere. To top it off, the barest crescent of a brand new moon stood above the horizon for a brief time before “setting.” The first evening star (I’m guessing Venus) also shimmered brightly before the other stars and planets added their silver sparkles to the nightscape.
While I’m usually much more attuned to nature on the earth (trees, plants, animals), this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Who’d have known, when the day started, that this was waiting? A precious few minutes when beauty was striking. Deeply, amazingly, wondrously striking.
Wishing you moments of similar awe.
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.