• Neil G.

Total Eclipse

It was fairly cloudy and overcast over the British Isles this morning but I've seen a few reports of people who caught a glimpse of the celestial spectacle this morning. I hope you did too.

If you take a moment to think about what's happening up there, with the magnitudes and distances involved, you can realise that it's actually and incredible convergence of events combining to create a truly amazing sight. Not quite once in a lifetime, but it's on the way.

I can remember a similar event that occurred in the UK back in the '90s, but I don't recall what I actually saw back then. I was maybe too young to really appreciate what was happening, but for sure I was preoccupied with the next task, the next assignment, how to get through the day, what was for tea, etc, etc.

This time I made a real effort to be present in the moment. It's a really useful skill to practise and master, with many uses, aside from taking in special moments.

So, when the clouds thinned for a brief instant and the crescent sun came clearly into view, I was free to absorb the sight and the feelings. Very often it's the feelings that allow you to recall events more clearly when looking back.

But you don't need the excuse of a spectacular celestial event to be in the moment. If you can, take time today, tomorrow, every day, to become present, even if for a short time, and see what a difference it makes to your day.

BTW I also took a few snaps, here's the best one, you can make out the crescent to the top right of the bright area. But it's not close to seeing the crisp image for real with the naked eye, in the moment.


#science #mindfulness

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