Heaven on Earth


     You’ve probably heard the phrase, Heaven on Earth, before.  I heard it yesterday and started to think about what it really means.  I immediately started to analyze the phrase, and the result was interesting in that heaven may exist here, actually it does, but we often don’t realize it.

     You might be wondering what I mean by that, so please allow me to explain.  In my analysis, I started to think of what heaven would be like, and came up with some of the standard concepts.  You know, peaceful, beautiful, serene, a feeling of love, those types of things.  I thought some people may view it differently, but that these elements would most likely be present in everyone’s description of heaven.

     So where do we find those things here on earth?  The peacefulness, the beauty, serenity, the love, is it really present in our physical world?  It is if we open our hearts and our senses.  It is my belief that because of our busy lives, and the injection of technology that consumes every down minute of our time, we miss some of the obvious heavenly type things that are right in front of us every single day.  The old stop and smell the roses philosophy fits well here.

     One way to truly experience heaven is to be present, to be in tune, tuning in and tuning out.  Tune out the noise, the distractions, the smartphone, and the stressors of everyday life.  Tune in by feeling and experiencing things.  I was walking the dog a couple of months ago, as I have hundreds of times before, and I noticed how the sun was lighting up the trees behind my house, and how blue the sky was behind a sea of green leaves.  I don’t know if it was the time of day or the time of year that made the colors stand out so vividly, vividly enough to notice that it seemed different than the dozens of times I have seen that same scene before.  I don’t think that was it however.  I believe it was my senses that made it appear different, in that I was in tune to the beauty of this scenery.  This is something that I have been more aware of since I was diagnosed with heart disease last year.  I guess you can call it appreciation of the little things.

     I am striving to live more in the moment.  The warmth of the sun, the gentle caressing feeling of a warm breeze, the smell of coffee in the morning, the freshness of the air on a cool day, little things like that are all around us.  The beauty of a loved one, inside and out, or colors that make up this earth, are there in front of us every day, but do we recognize them as such?  Do we feel them?  Do we allow ourselves to be present?  Do these things make you stop and smile, and do you feel them in your heart?  If you don’t, you should, it’s all within your control.

     After thinking about the phrase, heaven on earth, I realized it wasn’t just a phrase, that heaven does truly exist in our physical world.  Allow yourself to experience the heavenly items in your life with all of your senses, and you will know exactly what I mean.