As circumstances would have it, I watched the solar eclipse from a lawn chair in a cemetery where my brother is the groundskeeper. Anynegative thoughts about cemeteries evaporated very quickly, because it was where I was meant to be.
We were surrounded by deer and bunny rabbits and tall pine trees, all representing peacefulness to me. As we watched the predicted movement of the moon, the light became a beautiful dusky blue. We didn’t witness 100% totality so it really didn’t get dark. It reminded me however of summer evenings when I was a child. My parents would be sitting outside in their own lawn chairs, and we would be chasing fireflies to catch in glass jars as the darkness approached.
And then there was the silence. A nearby highway, which had been packed with cars that morning, became perfectly still.The temperature went down and you could almost hear a pin drop, as if even the rotation of our planet had stopped for those brief minutes. The sense of quiet was all encompassing.
For just that short interval, all the division, hatred, violence, uncertainty and even the daily challenges of life were eclipsed. We all existed in harmony on this beloved planet earth, the sun and the moon overshadowing us. My brother and I said, “Cheers!” and celebrated the moment.
As I return to the ups and downs of living, I am striving to create an imprinted memory of that moment – the silent space where my heart was at total peace.
What was your eclipse experience?
PS I took no pictures, choosing to just be present instead.