Why are we drawn to sunsets? Is it merely the glowing warm colours that attract us or is it something more. Staring at a sunset often causes us to reflect on our day, our life perhaps, feeling thankful to be able to experience such beauty in nature. Symbolically sunsets represent the end, with a period of foreboading darkness to follow. Perhaps it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our day or life and give us the time to put to rest those troubles that ail us with the hope that tomorrow the sun will rise again and we can begin anew.
What is it about water that attracts us? Its peaceful quality comes both from the sight and sound of it. But why? Does it unconsciously bring us back to the womb where we were bathed and rocked in watery fluid? Is it because the sound of rushing water drowns out all external noise giving us a sense of solitude? Or is it the spiritual symbolic nature of water's purity and its ability to cleanse us and wash away our past that draws us. As I walk my familiar path through the woods and see the streams refreshed by last nights downpour, I stop along a bridge and reflect upon the flowing stream. It is particularly beautiful and serene this morning, reflecting the blue sky and early morning sun. I feel refreshed and hopeful. Rejuvenated. Maybe we are attracted to water for all these reasons or simply because its beautiful to look at.