I usually had my office door open when I worked at the university, to indicate that I was accessible to the staff.
This particular evening, however, I had the door closed with a notice pinned on it, stating that I was not to be disturbed; I was trying to finish a report with a deadline of that day. It was with annoyance that I heard a knock on the door. One of the senior staff members came in. ‘I know that you don’t want to be disturbed, but I think you’ll want to see this’. He then walked to the window of my office which was on the opposite wall to the one my desk was facing. Curiously, I got up from my chair and followed his gaze out of the window towards an amazing sunset of translucent, bright pink and blue. My mouth fell open and we both just stared out of the window, in silence. There was nothing to say that could add to the moment, except after a while, I just said, ‘Thank you’.
I have always been fascinated by the sky. The differing light and colours, the breath-taking sunsets, the joy of a rainbow appearing after the rain, the low clouds moving fast below the high slower ones. As a child (and adult!), I would lie back and see the cloud shapes as a dog, a flying dragon, etc. I studied the names of clouds and tried to identify the different types: cumulus, stratus, cirrus, nebulosus, etc. which was not as much fun, however.
Why do I love the sky so much? For me, the changing light, colour, clouds and weather (even inclement weather) always touch me deeply at a spiritual level. I can expand myself into the sky and feel at one with it. This feeling is extraordinary in both the sense of being ‘amazing’ but also of being not a usual part of the ordinary aspects of our outer, physical life; it is a reminder of my connection to the expansiveness and pure love of our spiritual home. As I meet the sky at soul level, it lifts me energetically and reminds me of my true nature and my Source.
We are taught that it is important to take the time to smell the roses – Definitely! But for me, taking the time to see the sky is what I like to do.