Mauna Kea Time

the shadow of the peak of mauna kea extends into space eclipsing our moon. can you say wow?
The shadow of the peak of Mauna Kea marks the center of Earthʻs shadow in space as it extends to caress and eclipse the full face our sister Moon.


Some things are so magical and vast, they seem almost impossible for you wrap your your head around… and for a very simple reason; they are.  Some things – as it turns out most of the universe – one simply can not think oneʻs way through.  How to resolve this conundrum?

Stop thinking.  Can you do that?  Try.  What do I hear? What do I feel?  What am I experiencing?

Donʻt think about it, simply feel.  When thinking does not clarify, when words do not communicate, allow the quest for thinking and words to fall away.  When experiencing connection, simply being present, perhaps simply allowing, and experiencing experience in itself is enough.  Now, a gift.  Called the present.

There are so many ways of connecting with ourselves, each other and the world.  Many indigenous cultures, like the Polynesian, have long been present with these other ways of being in the world.  Navigating and charting the vast oceans of our interiors.  We could learn a lot, if we just started listening.  Of Context.  Relationship.  Connection.  And not just knowledge.  But meaning.  Wisdom.  Love.  Think about that… just kidding 🙂

In contrast, with itʻs focus on the external, the West is so technologically driven, so powerful, so overwhelming, so unaware of missing at least half of the big picture.  This monstrous strength is a weakness that leaves us deaf, dumb, and blind to ourselves, each other, and the living universe we strive to dominate rather than simply inhabit.  It gets in the way of learning, connection, obliterates possibilities, and stunts our spiritual growth.  Not really so smart.

So stop thinking.  Try just be.  Like a mountain.

Mauna Kea is the tallest peak on Earth.  Beginning  20,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean,  it then soars another 14,000 feet up into the heavens.  But this million-year-young shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawai`i is not done yet.  Itʻs merely dormant, taking a short geologic nap before the eruption cycle inexorably begins again.  Further shall it rise,  an evolving Ten-thousand Meter Temple on our living planet.

As if with enormous lungs, Mauna Kea breathes in and out once a day, in perfect sync  with the rising and falling, warming and cooling cycle of the sunʻs rays with each planetary revolution.  Once up and in towards the summit, once down and out to the sea.  If you could meditate like that for one million years, breathing in, breathing out, 365 times each year, imagine what stillness of mind you could achieve.  What could we learn from this mountain?  What can you find in your inner mountain?

Close your eyes.  Imagine yourself on the summit.    Here you float above 40% of the Earthʻs atmosphere, a tenuous veneer is all that separates you from the infinite heavens beyond.  The ʻseeingʻ here is beyond believing.  It is stupendous.  But donʻt just imagine yourself stuck viewing from the summit, imagine yourself as the summit.  What is it like to be this mountain?

How big is your now?  How deep is the bedrock of your soul?  How much love, life and connection have you embraced in your eons?  How far does your shadow extend into space?

Breathing in.  Breathing out.  Like a mountain.

One Reply to “Mauna Kea Time”

  1. You should leave the summit and head back down the hill within 15 or 20 minutes after sunset.  This way you’ll still have time to make it most of the way to the VIS before it gets completely dark. This is much safer than waiting until it gets dark before leaving the summit. The ambient light just after sunset is bright enough that you’ll still be able to see fairly well, and your headlights won’t disturb the observatories as much as they would if you waited until after it became completely dark.

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