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From a sailboat at various times and various points along the Atlantic ICW. My general response is to worship the Father to whom I credit their creation.
On a trip to hawaii. We were sitting on the beach waiting for the sun go down. I have never seen a more beautiful sunset and my whole entire body felt at peace. I felt grateful to just be alive looking at something so beautiful. It made me think of how beautiful this world is and felt the amazing creation of God through the rays of that sunset.
Sailing across the sea on a night sail, silent, on wind power. A crisp clear night with intense star light. Approaching sight of land, day dawned, the sun rose and a porpoise said hello. There is really no me when the enormity of beauty like this cascades into my bones.
To arise early enough in the morning, to see the sunrise, is truly a gift seldom seen. I feel a quiet connection between me and God, a private moment no one knows about. Though I have so much I want to talk about and say to God, at this time, I can only whisper a quiet thank you.
My sunsets tell a different story. For when I see them, I’m elated…I made it through another day! And God is there, quietly smiling, I feel blessed and deeply loved. And again, all I can really say, is another quiet thank you, with bowed head.
Both reminders, so needed, so grateful, so soothing.
I used to take my two dogs for a walk at 4:30 in the morning, long before the sun came up. One morning I went off our usual path and walked across across a field just as the sun was approaching dawn.
There was a man across the field, standing on his hands facing towards the sun in a lotus position, the sunrise was orange and hot pink due to the fires east of the range. I was awestruck, one at his strength and sun salutation. but also the awareness that the lotus pose symbolizes true enlightenment, pure beauty and abundance.
What a way to start your day, I felt blessed to have witnessed this and now to remember. Many thanks for the question.
There is nothing like an Arizona sunset …
When being gifted with witnessing a beautiful sunrise or sunset, it feels awe inspiring, it just makes you stand still and t0 be still, as if your breath almost would cease, the heart´s eyes wide open while facing the wonder of the mystical unfolding of light in divine colors right in front of you.
When i recall this sort of thing i recall being a part of it.
Every day, the sun rise. Every day is unique and different – fresh and new. An awe and wonder. An invitation to a bigger view of self, after all to see the sun, you need to become the sun.
From my balcony on Friday Nov 26 – see the picture in the Lounge. The rose and blue colors were much more vivid – wonderfully so – and there were extra bright bits of rose light in a horizontal row, with God’s rays radiating up from them, toward the left – they were subtle – you can see them in the upper right section of the photo. I’ve never seen God’s rays like that. It was a wonderfully powerful experience.
nice pic. I wish I had more time to participate in the Lounge – I only have time for the daily question and off to work. One day I look forward to participating on there with everyone too:)
Thanks, Michele – work is important! 🙂
It’s been a while, and I love sunsets! If the weather allows for it, I will try to witness tomorrow’s sunset and update my answer!
More than once from the shores of Lake Michigan. People gather at the beach just to watch the sun “falling into the lake” ever so slowly. It makes me feel privileged and included, to be at the shore at that moment. A time of grace.
The most beautiful sunrise I’ve experienced was on the beach in Truro, Massachusetts (cape cod) many years ago. It made me feel hopeful for the future.
When I think of awesome sunrises and sunsets, I think of southern Arizona where I lived for 7 years. There are no big trees to block the sky and the sunrise and sunset is breathtaking. I always remind myself that the sun that rises and sets on me is the same sun every other form of life is experiencing on any given day. Brother son, Sister moon comes to mind.
I like being in tune with the rhythms of nature, the sunrise, sunset, the weather, the seasons, the waning and waxing of daylight throughout the year, and even the phases of the moon. I don’t actively watch them all, but I watched a sunrise just a week ago where red danced on the clouds. Usually instead I listen to the sunrise – with the birds – and watch the day creep in from the vantage of a southern window.
My kitchen window looks out to the west, and at certain times of the year we catch every sunset as we clean up from dinner.
The sunrise and sunset is just part of the whole connection to the earth. There is something in every day that helps me to feel grounded and connected to it, whether or not I see the sunrise or sunset. The grounding makes me feel at peace and happy.
I try to slow down and pay attention to as many sunsets and sunrises as I can and find the beauty in each, as something that has never before happened in quite the same way, each wholly unique. Yesterday evening, after an overcast day, I was walking in the woods and the sun broke through the clouds for just a few seconds at sunset. The brevity of the moment added to its profundity.
Many years ago, I was visiting the small town of Oban (west coast of Scotland) which overlooks the strait that leads to the Isle of Mull. I sat on a bench for almost two hours looking at the sunset in progress. I used my camera to take a “sunset” shot every five minutes. When I returned home, I had the film developed and laid out the resulting photos on my dining room table. I left the photos on the table in order for almost two months. Over that time, I was able to see the unfolding majesty of the end of a day with the last photo showing a “wee” glimmer of light that promised an equally spectacular dawn the next morning. As I had to rise before dawn the next day to catch the train to Glasgow for my flight home, I missed the unfolding of the dawn — but I remember its promise.
Almost every day at our new house. Especially this time of year, later fall and winter. It always fills my heart and soul with joy.
Three mornings ago… an incredible intensity of color! I felt awe and grateful that my eyes can see!
Just two days ago we had a beautiful sunrise….all colors gently appearing and fading away…
When we were in Hawaii we went up to Haleakala for the sunrise. It was impressive.
I remember sitting on a boulder in Colorado Springs with some friends. We watched the sunrise at a place that is known for its view. I can’t recall what it was called but it sure was breathtaking. Watching the sky change colors across the vast view of forest. Meanwhile, breathing taking sunsets I remember were in South Florida because of the beach of course. Also, Central California. Watching the sun disappear behind hills of vineyards.
Every sunrise and sunset I’ve witnessed has been beautiful. Most of them on Folly Beach, SC, my main surf break. I’ve been in the ocean before the sun woke up and have watched her rise slowly to greet the day. And then those days sitting there in the evening, watching it go down on the other end of the island… just beautiful. It doesn’t happen much anymore since I live an hour from that beach, but my house faces the east, and if I’m home when the sun’s rising, I get to see her peep thru the enormous pine trees that line the front of our property, and depending on the cloud situation, it can be quite the sight!
Then there was the sunset when I was in Pavones, Costa Rica. Definitely something special about the sun going down on the Pacific Ocean, a small island between the shore I was on and the setting sun on the other side of it all.
And I can’t forget when we were in Lake Lure, NC this past September. The home we were renting had a great view of Chimney Rock and the sunset. Seeing the last bit of the day’s light hitting the side of the mountain held so much grace and wonder. I’m a big sky watcher and appreciate it all!
One day after an exhausting day in the Middle East, I sat in the backyard of an acquaintance’s home overlooking Jerusalem and watched the sunset. As the lights in the sky faded the old wall of the city was illumined. I sat in the cool of the day , listening to a harp and the sound of food sizzling on the outdoor grill and felt my weariness fade. I took in the incredible panoramic view of that 5,000 year old city and marveled at all that it has endured. It was…hard to describe in mere words. I’ll never forget it.
This week on my way to work – there was snow on the ground the sun was rising. The beauty gave me a sense of hope and peace.
I live in Florida, so there are many days when I see a beautiful sunrise as I drive to work. The sun lights up the clouds in a magnificent way.
Good morning fellow Floridian! (Tampa Bay side)
When I open my shades in the morning I am greeted by a beautiful sunrise, reminding me of this new day with endless possibilities and opportunities.
I’m on a rowing team that goes out before sunrise several times during the week, we get to see the sunrise often and it’s beautiful! As the coxswain, I face the other five rowers in our 28 foot whaleboat, who of course are rowing the boat forward but who are also sitting facing the stern of the boat, so I frequently turn the boat, then call “Avast! Hold water!” which prompts my teammates to use their long oars to stop the boat, allowing us to all sit there in the middle of the harbor and watch the sun finish rising, oftentimes with a lighthouse or other moving fishing boats in the foreground. In fact, we row this morning, and we stand a good chance of seeing the sunrise about 15 minutes after we leave the dock.
Beginning about 10 minutes before sunrise, and for 3-4 minutes as the sun slowly peaks over the horizon, there’s a hush, a strange stillness in the air, then a new soft breeze, as seagulls begin swirling and squawking above our heads, we just sit there, all six of us, quietly looking and taking it all in. The moment comes and goes within a few short minutes, yet it’s plenty of time for us to feel the new hope rising, fresh, spiritual, wordless and powerful.
You often write about your rowing, and I was wondering how long you have been doing it, and what got you interested….
Clearwater Beach has some pretty amazing sunsets, however, I can remember driving to work one day – years ago – and saw a beautiful mint green sunset in Pa. I love all the varied colors of sunsets – so beautiful. I miss the sunrises because it’s still dark when I leave for work.
Together with my dear Karel in America at the Grand Canyon. When we drove out of there in our rental car we saw a real sky spectacel. It was unforgettable, wonderful. How did we feel? Love and respect for Nature.
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