Awe Gazing

Madonie Mountains, Sicily, Italy

Awe Gazing
By Vicki L Flaherty

The majesty of the mountains…
The endlessness of the sea…
The meandering of great rivers
The distant light of the stars…
The power and pull of the moon in the sky…

We gaze in awe:
at the miracle of nature
touching us with her grace
she opens our hearts
pours beauty into our being,
awakening us from our dream,
inviting us into a world
vibrant and alive with possibility.

And here we are:
human beings
with beating hearts
incredible minds
and intricately complex bodies
filled with spirit.

May we gaze in awe:
at the magnificence of our humanity –
our majesty
our endlessness
our meandering
our light.

It is so easy it is to forget that we, as human beings, are amazing and worthy of inspiring awe.

the light of the moon

Moon rising Locarno Switzerland.JPG

From Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion by Rolf Gates, Day 351

“The light of the moon is still, empty, and private. A place for wounded hearts and withered spirits to take their first steps back into a world they felt they had lost. A place to remember cool summer breezes and the ease of a good night’s sleep. The moon’s light is perfect for long walks under the stars. By her light we will look into eyes that love us back. Sitting with her, we will remember that there is not time, only now. With her light on our face we will leave the house of our sorrow and begin the journey of our joy.”


Something about the moon and her light that connection with. I am drawn to her. I look for her in the night sky. I delight in seeing her waxing toward her fullness, sit mesmerized by her fullness, and relax into her waning restfulness.


* I took this photo in Locarno Switzerland.

burden melt away

Sunset on Lake Maggiore Locarno Switzerland 2

Burden Melt Away

One day an invitation comes:
set your burden down.
For just this moment
loosen your grip.
Feel the tension melt away.
As the weight is released,
rest in the available space.
Experience the freedom
that begins to open before you.


Do you ever have days where a tension you’ve been experiencing suddenly loosens, or where something that was bothering you just isn’t on your radar anymore? At times I’ll notice the change without having a clear sense of the point when the shift actually happened.

Sometimes, though, something just keeps holding on, and eventually I tire of carrying the fear or worry around. In those cases, I actively engage in shifting my energy to get closer to where I would like to be. This poem is the advice that came to me one day when I was ready to let go.


* I took this photo at sunset in Locarno, Switzerland on Lake Maggiore.