LIMINAL: “of, or relating to, or being an intermediate state, phrase, or condition.” Liminal is the in between time, the connecting flashes, the moments of anticipation leading up to the main events in life. It is easy to get caught up in the expectation and trill of the next big thing—that next important date on the calendar, but life is filled with a trillion more preparatory & seemingly insignificant liminal in betweens than what humanity thinks is noteworthy. It’s in the liminal spaces that I am learning to be present, because it’s here that I grow the most. The Great American Eclipse has become sort of a metaphor to me as there is and will be a before, a present, and an after of this historical natural event. The time leading up to the eclipse, not particularly relating to the event itself, has been, like most things in my life, a spiritual experience for me. A reminder in the anticipation of something awe-inspiring and almost eerie, that after two and a half minutes will in its fullness be over. I don’t want to become distracted with the waiting and excitement that I forget that these moments that I am currently living will be gone in an instant, never to be relived. The moments during and after the event, people will be filled with wonderment, but then soon forget the realness of that feeling as they become distracted by the next big date on the astrometric calendar. As I type these words, I’m sitting outside, listening to the peaceful sounds of the breeze blowing through the trees and the cicada’s sing their summer song; I am reminded of one of my favorite, recent liminal moments, and it happened on Sierra and Gentry’s wedding day. In anticipation of the ceremony, Sierra’s loved ones surrounded her with hearts of thankfulness and covered her in prayers of blessing for her approaching marriage. These ladies didn't waste their liminal space. | These thoughts were inspired by listing to an interview of Sarah Deshields of the musical group, Broadcast Safe.