I feel the presence of Spirit as I soak in the sublime.
Some moments in life are beyond beautiful—they are sublime. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said we experience the sublime best when we become aware of our oneness with Nature. Looking carefully at the world around me, I find the sublime. I begin by noticing colors and shapes pleasing to my eye. When a flower catches my attention, I take a moment to stop and look more carefully. I notice delicate lines, sprinkles of gold dust, and flecks of white. Spiraling, velvety petal folds lead my gaze toward the inside. The flower’s outer boundaries expand and I feel the presence of Spirit. This presence permeates the flower—and me. I experience the sublime Oneness I share with all life.
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.—Song of Solomon 2:12