How To Watch The Sunset (In Maroni)
Doers that we are, we can’t help but feel that the sun is like us – a busy celestial body running circles around the Earth. This false impression is a tenacious one, but we can resist it. The next time you watch a sunset, sit tight: Experience the Earth’s majestic rotation. Here’s how to do it.
1. Before dusk, face the sun as it nears the horizon. Notice how you assume that it is sinking. Remind yourself that this downward motion is an optical illusion.
2. Drive an imaginary stake through the Sun and pin it to the sky. Make sure it doesn’t budge.
3. Now watch the horizon climb gradually towards the Sun. Imagine the ground shifting under your feet.
4. Give in to the feeling that the Earth is tilting backwards in slow motion.
5. As the Sun disappears, visualise your side of the planet rolling quietly into the twilight.
6. Congratulations. In the last 10 minutes, you’ve done a 10,000 mph backward somersault into the night.
From The Art of Doing Nothing – Simple Ways to Make Time For Yourself
by Véronique Vienne. Published in 1998 by Potter.
Whilst this may be advice that you can apply anywhere, the number of gorgeous sunsets that we get on Cyprus makes this especially good advice. Be sure to try it when you come to visit Maroni!