Monday, August 18, 2008
Time Machine, Pt. II
Watching a sky full of cumulus humilus clouds is a wonderful meditation because in order to see movement, you have to just stop for a minute, really stop, let your eye relax, and watch. A quick glance reveals nothing but a blue sky with fixed clouds. To see them move, you have to be a little more spacious, something that always helps me.
Staring at the ocean for a long time provides the same kind of brain cooling. I also believe it's calming to focus on something at a distance as opposed to the short-length focus that we're accustomed to: computer screens, someone's face four feet away, the TV, or whatever it is you're holding in your hands right now. Lengthening the gaze literally changes your eyeballs' shape. Did you know that?
The sequence above took place over a period of only ten minutes. So stop right now, go look out a window, watch some clouds float by, yes?