Feeding my soul
Sunday, July 12, 2020
We have many types of hunger. Only physical hunger needs to be fed food, but we tend to feed all our hungers that way, don't we? Emotional hunger? Food. Craving tastes hunger? Food. Soul hunger? FOOD!
Your soul or spirit or self or mind or whatever you want to call it is the 'you' that is not your body. It gets hungry, too. Food doesn't satisfy soul hunger, though. We need to stop and listen to our thoughts and our hearts to find out what will satisfy it, and it may not be easy to do because we've spent years in most cases ignoring soul hunger or trying to feed it with food.
Last night, I fed my soul with the food it really craves.
I took my father's telescope to the vista point near the campground near me last night. I'm a docent there, and usually I'm talking to visitors about redwood ecology, but sometimes I lead star gazing for the campers. The vista point has a 270 degree horizon and no light pollution.
There was a beautiful twilight followed by glorious stars. As they came out, I pointed out constellations and explained about Polaris and how all the stars appear to circle it, and how it was used for navigation. I talked about the plane of the ecliptic and how the planets and the zodiac lie along the path of the sun. I talked about the stunning Milky Way, which most people rarely see because they live in areas of light pollution. We saw some meteors and some satellites.
Finally, Jupiter and Saturn came out from behind the hillock that blocks 90 degrees of the horizon at that spot and I trained the telescope on them as they did. We could see four of Jupiter's moons and the stripes of the storms, though the eye is facing the other way just now. The visitors looked in the telescope and oohed and ahhhhed. At the end, I was able to train the telescope on Saturn and they looked and saw Saturn's rings. Every one of them, on looking into the eyepiece said, "WOW".
After the guests had gone and I had packed up my father's telescope, I went back to lie on the table where I had set up. I let myself be lost in the cosmos and feel myself connected to it all.
And my soul feasted.