Hello Brain Masterz!
It’s the year 2020- pretty amazing, right? But from another point of view, we could call it the year 4,543,000,000 (give or take 50 million years). How come?
Yup, that’s the estimated age of the Earth.
Thinking about the Earth is difficult. It’s really too big to comprehend. And it’s out here in the middle of really big, really empty space.
They say that when astronauts first get a look at the Earth from space, it’s a life-changing experience. It gives them a new appreciation for just how special our planet really is.
We like to imagine traveling the stars, colonizing other planets and moons, discovering new forms of life. But realistically, Earth is the only home you and I are going to have.
Even the folks up in the International Space Station depend almost entirely on Earth for survival.
You know what happens when something is too big to comprehend? We easily take it for granted.
So, let’s take a moment to meditate about our relationship with the Earth and see if we can get a deeper sense of just how important it really is.
Let’s practice a meditation
If you want to effectively meditate while you’re sitting and reading, you can prepare by doing these simple things:
- sit up a little taller
- bring your shoulders back and take a deep breath
- exhale and feel your chest relax
- if you still feel stressed or stiff, gently shake your body for a minute or two until you feel looser
When you’re ready, take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Bring your awareness into your body.
Even as you read, keep 50% of your awareness on your body and breathing. Only pay 50% attention to what you’re reading.
Basically, don’t worry. You won’t miss anything.
Now… feel your body as you sit.
Feel your head and neck. Are they comfortable? Hot or cold?
Feel your spine and back muscles. Do they move a little with each breath?
Feel your pelvis and tailbone. Where do you feel pressure and tension?
Now, focus on the feeling in your feet.
And under your feet… feel the ground. Are you wearing shoes? Feel the soles of your shoes. If you’re in socks or barefoot, feel the texture of the floor or ground.
Now, feel the earth.
Think about the relationship between you and the earth.
What does the earth provide for you, that you could not get any other way?
There are over 7.5 billion people on this planet. All of them are breathing, drinking, eating, sleeping, reproducing…
How much of that ultimately depends on this planet? How much of that would be possible if we didn’t have this planet?
Where do we get food and water? Where do we find shelter and the materials to survive? Where do we get the oxygen we breathe?
It’s obvious, right?
All of these things come from the earth.
Even for our greatest technologies- our phones and computers, pacemakers and airplanes, nuclear power plants and cell phone towers, their raw materials come from the earth. Every bit of energy in the cells that make up our bodies comes from the earth.
But we don’t think about it because it’s so huge.
Think about your parents.
Your parents were essential for you to be born. You needed people in order to survive. Someone raised you. Someone fed you. Someone washed you and clothed you. We need people. We need family. We won’t live long without them.
Family is important. Even a healthy infant will not survive without some type of family.
In the same way, even a strong family cannot make up for an unhealthy society. We depend on other people to survive, now more than ever.
And take one more step back. Without the Earth, will our societies survive? Of course not. Even if we dream of one day colonizing other worlds, that reality is far, far away. For now, we only have this one planet.
Feel all that your family, society, and the earth have given to you. Can you feel it?
When children argue and fight with their siblings, how do the parents feel?
When children hurt each other, what do parents feel?
When a child accidentally burns down the house, what do the parents feel?
Now think about the earth. When the earth’s children fight, what would the earth feel?
When we destroy the land and air and water, what would the earth feel?
Now the earth is on fire, and how should we feel?
Please take a moment and meditate with an open heart, with courage, about these things, and post your comments below on what you think and feel.
Thank you- we’re looking forward to hearing about your meditation.