Eyes to the Sky
When you walk, do you look straight ahead, chin up? Or might you look at the ground in front of you, head tilted down?
I catch myself looking down at the trail out of habit. I look over at my autistic son and see that his head is facing down much of the time. I make a point to take his hand and stand still for a few moments, encouraging him to look up at the scenery around us.
“Look, Sean, the ocean!” I say, tilting his chin up away from the ground.
“Ocean!” he says, then looks down again.
I sigh, glad that at least we’re out in the fresh air. Then I realize that I rarely stop completely and tilt my head back to look straight up.
Looking high in the sky usually offers a pleasant surprise. One day I see abstract tree branch patterns silhouetted against a vibrant blue sky. Another day I see unusual cloud formations. On another, I count as many as ninety pelicans flying in a V-shape overhead.
Stopping to look at the world from a different angle is not only refreshing, but can snap our minds out of entrenched viewpoints.
Plant your feet and aim your eyes to the sky next time you have a chance, and see if the world feels a little more open. Keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Mountain Lake-Anza Trail, takes walkers on an easy loop walk at the southern end of San Francisco’s Presidio.
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