a supermoon appears in the desert skies
(photo credit: Douglas Cobb)
Yesterday was the first day of summer, a celebration of the solstice.
This year, the beginning of summer will be marked by an awesome and mystical cosmic event. Late tonight a "supermoon" will appear in the skies.
Tonight the moon will be closer to the earth than usual- in fact, at the closest point for all of 2013. So, tonight the moon will appear much larger and far brighter than usual; and if you get to see it as it comes over the horizon, it will even glow a bright orange color. It will indeed be a supermoon.
Scientists say that the deserts of the Southwest will be the very best place to take in the full splendor of tonight's event. So I guess I am living in the right place, at the right time; and I can't wait to see it out here in my desert retreat house.
Like many people, I find cosmic events like the appearance of a supermoon to be mystical and spiritual; but if you live in the desert, every night is a cosmic event- mystical and spiritual. I love to walk at night on the trail just outside my home - the moon and the stars so bright that it seems as if it is daylight.
I always feel a sense of connection in those moonlight rays. I think about the moon pulling at the ocean tides (even greater tonight with the appearance of a supermoon). I think about the vast array of galaxies, all buzzing and swirling around together in one great cosmic dance. I think about the fact that we, human beings, are made out of stardust; and so I look at my feet as I walk, and I see swirling particles of cosmic planets flowing in me and in all human beings everywhere.
I walk along the desert trail at night and the veil between me and the abiding Holy Presence is so very, very thin.
The desert at night is always a mystical and spiritual place, even more so when there is a supermoon.
The Buddha said:
I saw stars within me, sun rising, sunset, full-moon nights - everything within me, not without me. It was my boundary that had been keeping them out. Now the boundary is no more; everything has fallen in. Now I am the whole.
So all day long today I will think about the "whole." I am "the whole." I am a harmonious relationship with everyone and everything. Today I will reflect on the reality that that there is no "other."
I anticipate the night, waiting to be drawn into the mystical magnetism of a supermoon.