Sunset Windows

Elizabeth West returns to Sequitur with her refreshing perspective on these End Times and shares the first of a series of simple practices designed to reconnect us with joy, regardless of external circumstances. Benjamin the Donkey provides additional commentary, and musical offerings by Neil Young, Here II Here, and Zympht are included. Theme music is also by Zympht.

Celebrating the Ordinary

  1. Set aside three to five minutes, out of doors, if possible. This can be done indoors as well, though it is better if you can get into the periphery of nature at least. Perhaps a walk from parking lot to office, or a yard you can go out into.
  2. The goal is to seek around you for a small and seemingly insignificant manifestation of life. It could be a pebble of an ordinary nature, a ‘weed,’ or its flower. It is easiest to do this with something stationary, like a plant or mineral, but it can certainly be applied to a small animal or other animated forms which are often overlooked.
  3. Sit with the thing you have chosen and allow yourself to really look, feel, know it. Search for its beauty, its unique nature. Look and feel until you sense the extraordinary (and heretofore) unseen complexity, or the breathtaking simplicity.
  4. Stay with it until you know how special it is.
  5. Then let it go, with thanks, and go about your day.

Doing this once or twice will likely not change your outlook radically, but if you practice this one every day for a week or two you can see the world (and yourself) in a whole new manner, one that is both truer and more loving.

Photo credits

above: Jeffrey G. White, 4 July 2017, Sunset over the Rock River, Dixon, IL
below: Nora Brenner-West, Sunset over San Francisco Bay, Richmond, CA

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Children of Destiny by Neil Young + Promise of the Real (with full orchestra)

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the ‘Powers That Be’
Preserve the Land and save the Seas
For the Children of Destiny,
The children of you and me

Should ‘goodness’ ever lose and ‘evil’ steal the day
Should ‘happy’ sing the blues and ‘peaceful’ fade away
What would you do?
What would you say?
How would you act on that new day?

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the ‘powers that be’
Preserve the ways of Democracy
So the Children can be free
The Children of Destiny

When money matters most and war is good for gain
The capital is yours, the people feel the pain
They feel the pain, they walk the streets
While the bombs fall in the rain
The Children hide, somewhere inside
While the bombs fall in the rain

Stand up for what you believe
Resist the ‘Powers That Be’
Preserve the Land and save the Seas
For the Children of Destiny
The Children of Destiny.

It’s All Light by Here II Here

Where I’m from it rains and then it shines and then it rains
I paid attention to the teachings that the weather brings
You can be yourself with me, I love you just the same
Scream and shout I promise I won’t take it personally
Feelings come and the feelings go
Feelings come and the feelings go

I border on insanity with the enlightened mind
Like gentle folks who’ve lost their meaning searching for themselves
Acceptance happens naturally without the need of time
Unnecessary effort on becoming someone else
Feelings come and the feelings go – it’s all right
Feelings come and the feelings go – it’s all light

It’s all right, all light.
It’s all light, all light.

Where I’m from we spin around and no one really knows
The truth of our location’s still a mystery to us all
Yet we’re so consumed with always trying to control
We rise above the clouds and then we lose our wings and fall
Feelings come and the feelings go – it’s all right
Feelings come and the feelings go – it’s all light

It’s all right, all light.
It’s all light, all light.
It’s all right, all light.
It’s all light, all light.

It’s all right, all light.
It’s all light, all light.
It’s all right, all light.
It’s all light, all light.

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