Welcome to Creative Contemplation with Light
Dawn and New Beginnings
This week we begin with the theme of light. The invitations offered each day can be engaged in multiple different ways. There is no right or wrong practice. I will offer some reflections and examples as well as ideas to get you started. Feel free to try different things different days or to repeat a routine that works for you. You may find that some days you want to engage with materials while others are simply about traveling with a different kind of awareness on daily walks or even just during time at home.
Our first invitation is inspired by the monastic practice of praying the hours. It is an invitation to be present to the changing qualities of light throughout the day. Today will be an introduction to awareness around changing light throughout the day with a focus on the light at the beginning of the day.
Begin with thinking about your own living space, is there a part of the house that is brightest in the morning sun, how about in the late afternoon? If you have a dog or cat, do they have a favorite resting spot in the sun? In the morning and evening, maybe try looking around at how your home appears in the dimmer light before turning on your lights. There can be a gentle beauty in the softer light just before dusk and dawn.
Outside, take time to notice the skies this week. Sunrise and sunset tend to be the most dramatic; look up the exact times for these in your area and make a point to spend a few minutes observing the skies. Even on misty or overcast days, there can be surprising colors and qualities of light offered. One of my favorite things is seeing trees with just the crowns illuminated in the early morning sun as in the photo below.