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Thursday, April 15, 2010

One Sky

Look up.
One sky.
Breathe out.
One sky.Breathe in.
One sky.Exhale again.
One sky.Allow awe to fill your heart.
One sky.Rest in wonder.
One sky.
Imagine peace.
One sky.
Feel Peace.
One sky.


I shouldn't be typing so much because my hand still hurts (expect more :) smiley greetings when I stop by your blog or reply to emails), but I have to share this realization that is bubbling up from deep inside, a joy in knowing, that cannot be contained. Clearly I'm not the first to notice this, but I want to bring to your attention right now, in this breath, just how heart opening and unifying this simple act of looking up into this great expanse of sky, diverse in color and texture, shifting constantly, truly is. (long sentence, go ahead and inhale again) It doesn't matter where we live. We all understand "sky". No matter our culture, whether we practice a religion, or not, no matter our skin tone, hair texture, eye color, language, gender, political views, physical abilities, rich or poor, young or old, no matter what, every Friday gazing upward and photographing a moment of individual delight we step into collective experience. If only for a moment, we feel the peace and sacred connection of what it is to be alive under the very same sky as everyone else here and now, from the beginning of time until the end. In this moment of expansive awareness, we are One beneath the sky.

One sky.

Please click on the button below to see SkyWatch photos from around the world and feel the pulse of the planet in your heart...the awe of "sky" viewed from many lands.

Skywatch Friday

Many thanks to the SkyWatch Team who make this awesome meme possible, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia

ps. In case you were wondering why I post Thursday afternoon, SkyWatch posts can be published and linked to SWF Thursdays starting at 2:30pm EST/19:30GMT because it's already Friday in some places :)




56 comments:

  1. I love the first shot, the height in the photo.

    Gill in Canada

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  2. Well said, Laura. We truly are under one sky.

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  3. A very clever post.

    Lol at the why on a Thursday bit - I need to add that onto mine! xo

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  4. Looking up into the sky has a calming effect on me. One of our favorite things my husband and I used to do when we were dating (we were teenagers at the time) was to lay on the grass and look up at the sky. In that position we'd talk for hours. Very zen. Very peaceful. You're definitely right on about this!

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  5. I'm sorry your hand is still bothering you. These are beautiful views of the sky and good words too.

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  6. lovely laura
    i appreciate your perspective on 'sky'
    wishing healing for your wrist

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  7. Stunning sky photos, Laura. Yes! I must remember to look up. Cx

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  8. very well said. we are all under one sky no matter how different it maybe to each of us :)

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  9. Amazing clouds, sky and tree. I appreciated your reminder of our collective experience under that sky.
    Happy Friday

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  10. Beautifully captured. Great shots. Have a great weekend

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  11. your sky shots are gorgeous. thanks for the connection and I'm sending soothing healing wishes for your wrist. xox K

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  12. Laura: Loved the view up through the tree, cool view.

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  13. Nice angle on the tree shot and amazingly wonderful skywatch photos!


    Pixellicious Photos

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  14. Great shots. Nice titles to ths shots.

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  15. beautiful blue skies and the w0rds are great matching y0ur s0ft c0lored skies.im f0llowing y0u n0w w0uld be glad if y0u c0uld follow me back!thanks!

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  16. That tree shot is the perfect introduction to your series of clouds! I enjoyed them all!

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  17. Wonderful words and captures Laura.
    Truly only one sky we look up each day.
    And the sky declares His glory.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Happy SWF.

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  18. Dear Laura, Never I comment here at the first time...ALWAYS....I read, read and later, to comments...
    Your posts are lesson to me...I love it the skies...they are like a lysterious scene..and I would like to add the sky to all my photos...love it.
    Thanks for your text
    have a nice day, dear

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  19. It is amazing to think that the sky is the one thing we all share as the source of day and night, breathing in and breathing out. The colors and cloud formations are endless.

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  20. Beautiful clouds! You just gave us one set of exercise, and for our existence, inhale and exhale.

    You take care, ok?

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  21. I like the power of your tree and your meditation.

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  22. Very charming sky in a nice perspective.

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  23. So beautiful! Love the first one.
    Wish you a great weekend:-)

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  24. Ihana kuvaus! Hengitä-taivas-hengitä! Pidin kovasti, kiitos.
    Hyvää viikonloppua Sinulle.

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  25. Laura, I get dizzy looking at the first photo - the perspective captures the height perfectly. I love the series, and the words. You've captured what SWF is all about! You have an open invitation to be a guest host for us.

    I've just started a beginners meditation class, so your post is fitting perfectly with my personal journey as well.

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  26. Beautiful post. As you know, I often focus my writing and photography on the sky, so these pictures were a real treat.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    xo

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  27. Beautiful, as always, dear Laura.

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  28. One sky...breath, lovely practice! Peaceful and calm...

    Have a lovely weekend!

    <a href="http://viennadaily.blogspot.com>Mirage</a>

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  29. Beautifully captured and stated.

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  30. A beautiful reminder that the sky we all look up at is the same sky. No matter who we are or where we live or what we believe in.
    :) right back at you!
    :0)
    xo

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  31. I hope your hand is better soon. I enjoyed your photos very much. I love getting up close to a tree like that and looking up. It is comforting, somehow.

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  32. I also love the one sky under which we all live. The amazing variety is captured well in this post. That first shot is wonderful, amazing height.

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  33. Thank you for such a refreshing take on the sky! Lovely photos you're sharing with us. Thanks also for stopping by at my SWF post. Enjoy the day.

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  34. deer laura, i so mutch loves yor fotos and my jannie does too.

    my jannie wil be heer in a minut, she out in the gardin loking at she rosies.

    we loves you sooooo mutch!!

    xoxo
    me

    blue bunny, xo

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  35. Take care of that hand, Laura!

    Beautiful post. Yes, I think we often forget to look up. The vastness always restores calmness for me.

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  36. Laura, why is it your photos fill my eyes and heart with tears of joy? I guess because... because... you had "that touch" of magic and love that swirl from a heart of gratitude and wonder.

    One sky.

    One love.

    One moment.

    One beauty.

    All a gift.

    And I LOVE your smiley faces whereever I've been seeing them. :)

    Thank you for sharing all you do.

    xoxo

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  37. I can always use more sky... thank you for the reminder!!

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  38. Beautiful, Laura! I have often felt that way as well . . . Sky knows no frontiers, just like our heart and minds in their purest state.

    Wishing you some rest and pain-free moments.

    Thank you for stopping by Mind Deep blog. Your visits always warm my heart.

    Much metta,

    marguerite

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  39. Amazing photos of the skies in here. I love it!

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  40. Your so right. Even if we're here slightly more overclouded by volcanic dust. Thank You for your kind comment.

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  41. Beautiful!

    I spent yesterday looking up at the sky and marveling that such a wonder is there for me all of the time.

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  42. What beautiful words and skies too.

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  43. Hello Laura, this is such a profound post that I'm coming back to it several times to let the full meaning sink in.

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  44. The sky has so many expressions! Beautiful photos!

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  45. Lovely pictures - I love blue skies, the makes me happy. Gute Besserung, Laura and have a nice Sunday, Inge

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  46. Laura, I often find myself looking upwards toward the sky, the clouds, and it reminds me of all sorts of things I associate with mysticism: oneness, the journey, in breath, out breath. Also, because I am live in Scotland and the airspace above is closed due to the traveling volcanic plume of smoke (and quite silent too), I think of how the plume reaches far and beyond by the in and out breath of the wind, circling the earth, our home. Peace, Nicki

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  47. thank you everyone for your heart touching comments. I really loved this post too...so it feels good to know you all connected with it so deeply.

    gentle steps,
    Laura

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  48. Glorious skyscapes, Laura. I find it liberating and soothing to gaze up into that vast space..... feeling the connection to all who live beneath it.

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  49. You really had a lot of examples of this lovely sky of ours! Nice! :) Have a great week!

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  50. I love that- one sky. What a great anthem for peace.

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  51. Yes, I love looking up into the sky, just the plain sky or the sky as seen through tree branches. How marvelous!
    lovely photos!

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  52. I feel so blessed to have found your blog...after you found mine. Great sky post. In Greek, the word for "man" (a person) is made of two parts which mean "looking up". Isn't this a great way to understand who we are and how we connect?

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