I love waking up early.
The house is quiet, I have time to meditate, read, or dance around in my boxers.
Whatever I want, really.
But one of my favorite perks to early mornings is the chance to stare at the stars.
Staring up at the cosmos and letting a sea of questions flood my mind is one of my favorite forms of therapy.
It’s a reminder that we really are on this planet together, hurling through space at unfathomable speeds, and we don’t have a clue why we’re here.
Realizing that the stars I’m seeing are ancient — possibly even dead, centuries beyond their explosive and colorful death — puts my worries in their proper order.
Right now Jupiter is up there, swallowing planet-sized asteroids on a daily basis (Thanks Jupiter), and I’m worried about my little problems?
Talk about perspective.
Staring at the stars helps you realize that we’re all down here, just doing our best.
We don’t know the nature of life, reality, or the universe we inhabit, and that’s ok.
Pretending to have a grip on this beautifully confusing thing called life is exhausting.
And that’s why I love star therapy.
Because when you stare up long enough you realize that we aren’t somehow separate from the infinite order of the cosmos.
We’re very much a part of it.
And this is true whether or not we understand it.
Hurling through space at unimaginable speeds. Habitating this beautiful green and blue gem we call earth.
We may not know why, or what any of this is.
But what an experience.
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