If you’ve never seen the sunset in the Southwest Desert or any desert landscape you might want to put it on your bucket list.
I never felt such a feeling of “something greater” until I immersed myself in the barren landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in California. There’s something about the vastness of the desert that will humble you.
Being humbled seems to be a theme that keeps coming up when I think about some of my most spiritual experiences. The sense of scale in the desert always seems to put things into perspective. I remember sitting on a ridge one-day eating lunch and looking out over the grand vista miles into the distance. The sense of belonging and peace were pervasive at that moment.
I finally understood that….
We’re a part of something that’s much bigger than what our limited mental capacity can fathom. There have been countless people who stood in this same spot and witnessed the same awe that I felt. That it’s beautiful to be alive and to have the opportunity to grasp the enormity of an endless landscape.
And the best part is….
This connection to “something bigger” is available to every single one of us at any time. When the sun rises each morning we are given an opportunity to rise up into the light just as the mountains in my image above entitled “Majestic Glow” are doing. The majesty of life is effortless to see when faced with an epic view like the sunrise over the horizon.
I love those moments when I’m on vacation and get to have the visual experience of a grand vista. It’s always an inspiring experience.
There’s just one problem…
Most of us don’t get this perspective of the horizon anymore. Our worlds have become focused on smaller and smaller things and our perception about the wonder of life has shrunk as a result. When presented with a vast landscape, like the ones you see in the desert our ability to perceive wonder reawakens.
I hypothesize this disconnect from the vastness of life is affecting us in adverse ways. In NYC where I live, it’s sporadic to see the stars, but I never really realized just how unfortunate that was.
Then I had the following experience…..
I returned recently from a journey in the Amazon rainforest where I encountered the night sky of the southern hemisphere for the first time. I was shocked to see the plethora of different constellations that were there but even more shocked to see the stars in general.
For the first time in my life, I was able to see the night sky in its full brightness all the way down to the horizon. It was a 180-degree dome of magnificence, and it was mesmerizing. That’s a perspective a vast majority of us never get to see.
So what did I learn from these encounters?
I think that it’s important to change our perspective from time to time. I don’t mean to try to shift our mental point of view, instead I suggest we change our physical orientation. Seek out places that give us a new look of things. Visit the beach, hike in the mountains, visit a tall building, climb a tree, take a trip to the desert.
You could even just lay on the ground and view the world from that perspective. Simple things like that help to break our visual cycle and bring back the wonder of the world around us.
You see my point right?
The world is a beautiful place, but we sometimes get too focused in on the same things, the same views, the same route home, the same standing level perspective.
When I draw pictures, I know that I can always make an exciting image by pushing the angle, or point of view as I’ve done in the image below.
By changing the viewer’s position on the subject, you create excitement, and that causes people to become interested in the picture. We can keep ourselves in a state of wonder if we also change our view of the world.
So, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, bored, or complacent in your life. Just change your perspective, and you too can instantly reconnect with the majestic nature of life.