Celestial Birthday Present

The Moon, Venus and Jupiter.

Life Is Not Measured
By the Number of Breaths We Take,
But By the Moments
That Take Our Breath Away.

Pictures really don't do the moment justice. The largest white spot is the moon in the shape of a cup. The little dot above it is the planet Venus!    If you look closely there is a tiny white dot, the planet Jupiter. They are all at an angle, but they lined up in a straight line.

I was taking my puppy out early in the morning on my 63rd birthday on November 8, 2015 and when I saw the moon and the planets in was truly breath-taking! This was a closeness with God, closeness with all beings, creatures and even a closeness to the vast "Out There!" A closeness with all of Creation.

What is really amazing to me is that if it were not for my Yoga Breathing and Awareness, I could have easily overlooked this beautiful Gift from God. 

This MOMENT was truly a moment that I probably will not live long enough to see again... But

Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!

I held my breath as we do sometimes
stop time when something wonderful
has touched us...

I have never seen them again.
Maybe I will, someday, somewhere.
Maybe I won't. It doesn't matter.
What matters is that, when I saw them,
I saw them.

Excerpts from "Snow Geese" by Mary Oliver.

Really hearing the bird sing
Or really seeing the blue sky, 
We touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.     - Thomas Merton

Thich Nhat Hahn Quotes. Inspirational meditation nature video with the Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hahn.

Impermanence a poem inspired by Mary Oliver's poem "Snow Geese"
"Oh to love what is lovely and will not last."