I love to read by candlelight.
As dusk falls outside, a chill breeze passes through the house.
The candle flame flickers in response, instilling life to the dark shadows around me.
I take a moment to enjoy the serenity of silence that only night time can bring.
The sensual, earthy aroma that accompanies early Autumn has filled my house, bringing with it a multitude of memories infused with bittersweet emotions. It feels as if there is no demarcation between inside or outside. Both worlds are incorporated into a seamless, unified reality of which I too are intimately connected.
A deep tranquillity settles within my heart and soul.
It seems that this very moment will last forever . When all worlds become one an eternal stillness is created within which any sense of duality is lost.
Through the open window I see the black velvet of the night sky peppered with small pinpricks of light. Moonlight highlights misshapen clouds as they scud silently across the horizon. Her silver phosphorescence cast upon the landscape as if to lovingly caress her nocturnal kith and kindred.
I draw comfort from the sight, the same stars and constellations that were there at my birth and have been with me throughout my life. They continue to provide an exquisitely beautiful backdrop to so much of my life, both past and present.
Out to the porch overlooking my ramshackle garden, my ears are met with the distant mewling of fox cubs. The occasional solitary hoot of an owl adds testament to the incoming night.
A single pipistrelle darts around the street lamp seeking to snare those insects drawn to its fluorescent light.
A small field mouse scurries through the undergrowth, halting only to sense for any nearby predators that might be hidden amongst the shadows.
I remain as one with the Earth and with eternity. There has never been any separation between myself and the universe. For I feel that deep inside myself I have borne witness to this world since the beginning of time.
It feels that all of my ancestral memories are within me. There is no physical recall of events, just a deep and soulful knowledge.
There is no fear of the future for this has always been so and will be forever.