keeping it simple,  observations

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Photo by Yota Schneider

Always loved this title – don’t remember the movie very well but the title has stayed with me. It must be the idea of total clarity and panoramic view that I’m attracted to.

A few years ago I took a trip to New Mexico and visited the cliffs of Puye. I remember standing on top of a cliff, outside a cave dwelling, looking out. The view was vast, clear, and powerful. There were trees as far out as I could see, and a sunny, blue sky that took my breath away. It was a gift.

We go from one thing to the next, hardly any time to pause. Often, we can’t see the forest for the trees. We loose the ability to take in the view, appreciate where we are, and evaluate our position.

To rise above the hustle and bustle is to give ourselves permission to stop and look at the view. In doing so, our view of life expands, our perspective changes, and our experience of the present moment becomes transformed.

We owe it to ourselves to stand on higher ground and look around. As our eyes adjust to the distance and our breath becomes deeper, our body relaxes and our thoughts slow down. Anything can happen then. Inspiration, a sense of new found joy and limitless possibilities.

Create time when you can take a break, go to a place where you can stand, alone, and look out. Stay present for a few moments, breathing in and out, feeling the breeze, expanding, and becoming one with your surroundings. Let your mind rest and your body relax.

When you’re ready to continue with your day, observe how you move and how you respond to whatever comes your way. Research has shown that taking the chance to pause during the day, clears the mind, and strengthens our decision making ability. Opportunities to pause are ever present. Why not take them?

Yota works with women who are in the midst of personal and professional changes and milestones. Her approach is deeply influenced by her cultural roots, work and life experience, and her long-term practice of mindfulness meditation. In addition to her work with individual clients, Yota speaks and writes on mindful living, overcoming self-doubt, and the art of letting go.

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