nature performs her dance. This dance resonates deeply within each of us, connecting our biological cycles and rhythms to those of nature. As the cycle of each day inches up, as we glance to the bigger world ever changing, we connect to something much larger than ourselves. Each day is different, whether we take the time to see this difference or not. We ignore subtle changes as we get busy with our life, work and family. If we take the time to look closer, on a deeper level, we see nature’s changes moment-to-moment and day-to-day. 

Light and shadow are one “pattern which connects” us to nature. Light and shadow play a role in memory because they connect us to places and to cycles of time. We all have memories of scenes we have experienced. We recall places because our mind makes momentary associations based on how that place smells, how it sounds, how it feels. Vivid images flood back through these sounds, smells, taste and variations of light and shadow from our past. Patterns through which we make a connection to that place may be the way the light flickers on the water and how the shadow heaves in addition to how still the air is, or perhaps how the breeze blows. 

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