And less on the floor, I might add. If you look down the street, almost everyone is looking at the ground! It seems to be fashionable to avoid looking into our eyes and instead shelter the sight on our feet. Not that I have anything against the feet or the ground, but I have found that the more I look up and the less I look down, the better I feel.
And how good does it feel to look at the sky?
I’m sure that psychologically and physiologically there must be a reason behind this, and I sense that I’m not the only one it’s happening to. It’s possible that, unconsciously, we create an individual refuge by looking at the ground. I interpret this as a sign of insecurity and vulnerability, at least in my own experience, I have found that when I look at the ground a lot it is when I feel most scattered and unstable, even making the situation worse by helping me to focus even more on my thoughts! On the other hand, we also miss wonderful landscapes, details and learning around us, going totally unnoticed.
A shortcut out of these vicious loops, even if it won’t solve all our worries in one fell swoop, is to raise your head and look at the sky. Looking at the sky really does heal, it heals you inside and out. It sounds simple, but it really works for me, it gets me reconnecting with myself and feeling better with amazing efficiency and speed.
I usually like it better at night, I don’t know why, but I feel a special connection with the nights, and especially with the stars. Personally, looking at the stars allows me to realize how insignificant my problems and worries are, helps me to relativize, apply humor to life and laugh at myself.
One person told me some time ago: “you are a herpetologist who looks at the sky too much”. I thought that was a beautiful phrase. Although at the time it was a criticism, because instead of watching the clouds and the birds go by I was supposed to be lifting stones (as I did much of my childhood), I was delighted.
Source of inspiration and meaning
If I venture back years, I can find myself out at night just looking at the stars. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, I just knew it made me feel good. I guess like every human being at that time I just maybe wanted to find answers to those complex questions that even you don’t understand.
Now I think I find my attraction to the sky more meaningful. It is a habit that I am proud of and one that I often practice, even if not consciously, and I go to it naturally. I often find great inspiration and a sense of well-being in looking at the stars at night. They make me feel that everything is fine, that everything will be fine.
Stop. Breathe in. Look
I think that with this crazy life we all lead, we need to stop from time to time, to be reminded that we are human beings, small pieces in this big universe and that our problems are microscopic specks in our minds out of control. Worst of all, those specks are usually unreal because they don’t exist yet, and in most cases they never will. Looking at the sky slows us down, helps us get back to the moment, back to ourselves.
Find that sky that fascinates you the most, whether it is the sunrise, the radiant midday sun, the sunset or the night. If the sky doesn’t appeal too much to you, you can apply any component of nature: the trees, the flowers, the animals and all their colors, shapes and sounds. It is simply a matter of finding yourself in nature again, letting nature help you. After all, it is one of the wisest teachers.
To finish, I leave you with a quote from Stephen Hawking, who could not have said in better words what I wanted to convey in this article:
Remember to look at the stars and not at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and ask yourself what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And as difficult as life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at it. What matters is that you don’t give up.Stephen Hawking
With all the love in the world,