Have You Ever Looked at the Stars?

21 Sep

Sometimes, I like to sit in the darkness and become absorbed in my thoughts. If it is in a room, then I let my eyes adjust to the blackness. You would be surprised at what you can see, both internally and externally, once you become comfortable with the absence of light. If it is outside, then other senses begin to emerge. You can hear the sounds of the outdoors and feel the air.

Last night, I took Daisy Dog into the yard and allowed myself to be immersed in the night. I let the darkness surround me. I let the sounds of nature grow louder in my ears. I lifted my eyes and focused on the stars, those lights that have already been extinguished.Stars

Have you ever looked at the stars and ended up looking within yourself?

Have you ever looked within yourself and wondered what is really in there?

Have you ever wondered what is inside of you and think about those dead stars that we can still see?

Have you ever thought about those dead stars and wonder if part of us remains after we are gone?

Perhaps, our remaining light shines in the memories of those left behind. It could be in our deeds or our stories. It could be in the hearts of the ones we loved or the minds of the ones we encountered along the way.

Sometimes, the darkness is where you can find the light.

11 Responses to “Have You Ever Looked at the Stars?”

  1. shutterbugshea September 21, 2014 at 15:19 #

    We are the stars :+).

    • Rick September 21, 2014 at 15:27 #

      I like the way you think.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong September 21, 2014 at 17:28 #

    I used to EVEN have a telescope. Now, I don’t go out at night so much in warm weather. The flying jaws swarm to greet me and I can’t see the sky — the leaves and trees block it completely. After we have had a couple of killing frosts, it’s safe to venture out. Early winter nights are the clearest skies of the year. When the leaves are gone, I can see the sky and wonder what that big honking set of lights up there is, only to learn that the space station is hanging over the skies of Uxbridge. Is nothing sacred?

    • Rick September 21, 2014 at 20:32 #

      There is an awful lot of junk floating around up there.

      • Marilyn Armstrong September 22, 2014 at 04:25 #

        The space station is HUGE even with the naked eye. I got all excited and thought I was seeing a real UFO. Except it’s just an FO and it was in the Globe, even on our local bulletin board that it would be directly over us for an hour or two. The flashing pink and green lights were a bit of a giveaway that it was probably man-made. But for a couple of hours, I hoped.

        We saw something weird in the say in Arizona, too. But we were right around the corner from a couple of air force bases and I’m pretty sure it was a drone. Big one, though.

        Yeah. A lot of junk.

  3. jcalberta September 22, 2014 at 22:49 #

    “Have you ever looked at the stars and ended up looking within yourself?”
    Yep. I think that’s what they’re there for.

    That’s what I miss most about living in the city – you can’t see the Stars very well.
    (Gorgeous post .. tickles my spiritual fancy.)

    • Rick September 23, 2014 at 00:31 #

      Thank you. City lights can sure be bright.

  4. John S September 26, 2014 at 00:01 #

    Rarely see them in London, but love it on a clear night in the countryside. Reminds us how insignificant we are. And mind-blowing to think that what we are seeing is what it looked like millions of years ago!

    • Rick September 26, 2014 at 02:52 #

      That’s the cool part. It’s like looking back in time.

  5. DyingNote October 7, 2014 at 13:39 #

    The urban haze here ensures the absence of a clear sky. So it was particularly stunning to see the milky way every night when we were in Ladakh in July.

    • Rick October 7, 2014 at 14:44 #

      We have created all kinds of ways to block out the stars.

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