During times of Covid-19 I’ve been leading remotely guided nature therapy sessions. Whilst by the sheer nature of them, they have a different energy to them than in person sessions, they still enable participants to connect to the nature that is both in and around them, no matter where in the world they are. I guided such a session last night. I offered an invitation to look up.
Where I was we had a pretty clear night sky – I could see the stars, some constellations (Orion’s belt is one of the few I can name!) and the feint outline of some fluffy clouds (that looked like a sea turtle swimming across the sky). When I look up to the night sky (more so that the daytime sky) I always feel humbled.
During the day, like now as I write this, I can see the sun in the sky above. But beyond that – all that is visible to the naked eye is within the earths atmosphere. Everything almost feels bigger, bolder and more important. Then the night time comes and I can see further.
How incredible is it that we can see something that is millions of miles away? Suddenly my mind gets blown at the potential that is out there. I feel humbled by the scale of things – especially at how small I suddenly feel, how my cares and worries pale into insignificance at what is there before me. On some nights you might be lucky enough to see a star in the sky with a red hue to it – it’s not a star. It’s Mars. How cool is that? To be able to see another planet.
Looking up towards the sky is something anyone can do, no matter where in the world you are. Whether you’re in an urban sprawl, a rural retreat, in the middle of a desert or in a town. We’re all living under the same sky. That’s something I find quite humbling.
Invitation: find a spot to get comfy and then look up. I wonder what you’ll see?
If you feel moved to take this invitation, I invite you to share what you are noticing below.