Recalibrating Perception with Star Gazing
Taking a moment to look up at the night sky has always aroused a curiosity within me, a humbling and reflective feeling always seems to arise. Recently I had the chance of taking star gazing to a whole new level at in Whinfell Forest and while being mindblown at the sight in front of me and my love, my reflective nature brought something to mind.
The activity of gazing at the stars is like a great recalibration of perception. It's a momentary feedback loop covering two aspects of perception, both environment and direction.
To first dissect this in the sense of environment, let's look at my amateur success with Astral Photography below:
In order to see the stars to this degree, you need to be in the right environment. Similar to personal progress, an empowering environment surrounded by inspiring people is a catalyst for growth.
But environment is only a piece of the pie, there is also direction. You can’t see the stars without looking up - just like all pioneers and innovators decided to look to the future and what could be.
I feel like the stoics have the ultimate skillset and tools in the current times of the global pandemic. The discipline of perception amongst overwhelming uncertainty can certainly provide a great foundation for wellness and stability and I'm personally making it a personal priority to cultivate this discipline of perception.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde Amor Fati.