Sunday, July 15, 2012

My Way of Thinking: Sunrise

Sunrise is such an important time of day to me.  I meditate each morning as the sun comes up in the eastern sky, bringing the dawn of a new day and giving light to the world.  I always feel the intense energy that comes with the light.  I also feel the connection with everything and everyone on the planet.  I feel the hope that a new day signifies.  It is a new beginning.  It is a fresh start, a chance to leave the past behind and to make a brighter future.

This is the first time I have written this whole month.  Following my 58th birthday, I made the decision to go back to school to get my M.S. in Psychology.  I am now taking online classes at The University of Phoenix to achieve this goal.  It is another sunrise in my life.  Knowledge carries it's own energy.  It is thrilling to expand ones understanding and the challenge involved is exhilarating.  I am addicted to learning.  I love the process of coming to new ways of seeing the world around me.  I love gaining a better understanding and perspective on things.

We all have this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow every single day.  The world around us, the nature, the people who cross our paths each day, can all be our teachers.  If we take the time to slow down for a second and appreciate all the things that present themselves, we learn so much.  We learn about ourselves and that is the most important part of the learning experience.  We learn to appreciate our strengths and understand our weaknesses.  Understanding is the pathway to change.

Change is something that most people naturally resist.  We like that comfort zone.  We blanket ourselves in the safe and familiar.  But, with every sunrise, we are reminded that change is just part of life.  Embracing change is a lot easier than fighting it.

Well, that was a fun ramble.  After all, this is "Austin's Thoughts".  In writing these reminders to my readers, I am also reminding myself.  Treat yourself to a few sunrise moments this week, figuratively if not literally.

                                        Peace and Love,




  1. This beautiful photo drew me to your post, Austin. I have seen that you are back in school, and I wish you all the best. I know graduate work brings many emotional ups and downs, with the exhilaration of learning and the inevitable frustrations of (temporary) obstacles. Your meditation practice will serve you well, as will those periodic forays into nature. Thanks for the reminder to start the day with reflection and quiet. Looking forward to hearing about trials and triumphs in school!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

  2. So wonderful to hear from you, Judy. Thank you so much for all your support over the past year. I keep up with you too, but I often tell myself I will comment later. When I say later, I generally mean never. I have to do things in the now because I am just no good at back tracking. Please know that I love you and am in awe of your writing skills. I hope to catch up. Lots of writing in my future!

    Love, Austin/Bill

  3. Wonderful post again; I am reminded I need to take time to do some purposeful meditation each day! I like what you write about not liking change, but that it is a part of life. Yes I do like my comfort zone, and it is a challenge each time to accept the changes as they come and grow from them.

  4. Sandy, I hope you will make the time each day to quiet your mind and listen to The Universe. Even 15 minutes can make such a difference in the quality of your day. Challenges are so much more manageable with a quiet, focused mind. The soul has a chance to help us with our daily choices.