Eyes to the Sky
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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