Look at a Time-Lapsed Video of the Northern Lights for Three Wondrous Minutes

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 · 12 Comments

If you’ve followed my writing or heard me speak you may have heard me quote Philosopher and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel saying, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.”

Our brains are wired toward routine and we absolutely lose our sense of wonder in every day life. Yet wonder is a natural anti-depressant.

When we pause, have a moment of mindfulness and open our senses, the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feeling of things comes alive.

There are so many wonders all around us that can bring alive the magic of the world. I wanted to share one of them with you put out by filmmaker Alexis Coram in National Geographic who films the “auroras” of the Northern Lights.

Take 3 minutes and treat this as a mindful experiment. As you watch, what do you notice. See if you become aware of the fact that here we are sitting on a spinning planet in the middle of space. Look at this beauty, what comes alive in you?

Carry this wonder with you for the rest of the day (or press play again :).

Please share you thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Adapted from Mindfulness and Psychotherapy


  1. Lynne L Tracy
    October 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you, I’ll keep those visions in my mind 🙂

  2. susanne johnston
    June 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Awesome, had 9 lovely mindful minutes, thank you.

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