Surrounded by Blessings “In the Dark”

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When I was a kid, I would lie in bed at night and could see the sky very clearly from where my bed sat. We lived in the country and it was very dark, no streetlights or car lights. On a clear night the stars were very bright.  Sometimes my dad would wake us up to point out a  planet or to watch the sky for falling stars. It was always a very special thing to see a shooting star. Of course by the time I came up with a wish, the “star” had already passed out of sight. It didn’t matter though, the experience was magical.

Does this have anything to do with yoga?!

At the Maternal Spark blog, this week there is an ongoing theme of “In the dark” and they are asking: What inspires you?

Now that I’m “all grown up” I know that shooting stars are not stars at all. They’re rocks. Pieces of meteors or asteroids falling into earth’s atmosphere. But I still feel lucky to see one. I still think they are beautiful and inspiring. And in fact, I believe (probably more  now than I did as a kid) that if I wish for something, it will come true. The universe hears and has an uncanny way of providing.

Acknowledging abundance (Aparigraha), we recognize the blessings in everything and gain insights into the purpose of our worldly existence. ~Nischala Joy Devi

John Denver’s Colorado Rocky Mountain High was inspired during a camping trip he took in the Colorado mountains. He was there during the peak viewing time of the Perseids meteor shower (which has only just passed in the Northern hemisphere). I love his music and think he must have been a yogi at heart. This song is all about recognizing the blessings and beauty that surrounds us.


Rocky Mountain High
Words by John Denver; Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Comin’ home to a place he’d never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin’ by a song
But the string’s already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changin’ fast and it don’t last for long

But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky mountain high

It’s Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high
Rocky mountain high

0 thoughts on “Surrounded by Blessings “In the Dark””

  1. I miss watching the summer meteor showers – we can’t see them anymore since we moved to the city. They certainly are full of inspiration aren’t they? Thanks so much for sharing your post!

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