I said yesterday that I was like, “meh” about the eclipse and I was. But then, OMG…the eclipse, y’all!
I totally was unconcerned about it until I was getting ready to leave work about a half hour before the event took place above me. The moon had already begun to slide in front of the sun, though it made no difference to the daylight outside. Someone from work had a pair of viewing glasses and was inviting each of us to go take a look.
I turned the offer down a couple of times…when I think back on it, I am pretty sure I turned her offer down because I was afraid that if it was really cool I’d regret not having my own glasses to watch the event.
Finally, as I was leaving the building, I got a third offer to take a quick peek. So I did. And Oh My Goodness. I got it, y’all. I understood the excitement in that moment. I was witnessing a rare astronomical event. It felt celestial, that’s the only way I can describe it.
“Oh!…that really is cool,” I admitted. And then I had to hand the glasses back and walk to my car without anything to watch the rest of the event. I didn’t regret getting a peak at the sky. I was grateful for it. But now I had to figure out what I wanted to be doing as the rest of the even unfolded. How did I want to experience the eclipse?
When I got home, I quickly rushed inside, set all of my belongings down and then went right back outside to sit in the sunshine and feel the experience.
Where I live, we had something like 98% totality. So, I sat outside for 20 minutes and witnessed the solar eclipse with simple presence. I sat right outside of my front door and felt the eclipse. I sat in its presence and I have to say it was….stunning.
St. Benedict says to listen with the ear of your heart-
“Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instruction, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”
Let me try and describe what was going on for me. I felt the silence of the moon sliding across the path of the sun as a weight that filled the very air around me.
I watched the sunlight’s intensity fade while still remaining in place. It was surreal.
I experienced a sense of evening time slide right on top of the afternoon time.It was like a lens sliding over a bright spotlight;
darkness and shadow co-mingled in the air with lightness and warmth.
I felt the air around me thinning. It never got dark, per se. But it got thinner and dimmer.
And then, just as I was getting used to the experience of thin light, I felt it begin to gradually strengthen up again.
People all across the viewing path of the eclipse reported that it was a very spiritual experience.
For me, what they were describing was a tangible spiritual experience. To have so many people describe what it’s like to tangibly feel a spiritual experience was so validating! Y’all, this is how I feel all of the time. Tangibly spiritual.
So I experienced the eclipse, I listened with the ear of my heart and I sat in presence with it- in contemplative awe and wonder. And now I wonder about you.
did you watch? were you viewing the whole thing on tv? was it spiritual for you? meh? both? neither? I’d love to hear about what happened yesterday from your perspective.
Until the next post,
Peace & sweet dreams!