“When I was young, I used to entertain myself this way before asleep: In my mind’s eye I would see myself lying in bed. I would zoom back like a camera to include my house in my neighborhood in Boulder, in Colorado, in the United States of America, on the continent of North America. Then I would look at the planet like a globe, including India, where I was born; Tibet, where my father and mother were born; and Scotland, where I learned to speak English. Then I would picture Earth as a beautiful blue sphere floating in blackness. I would make the picture bigger, including other planets in our solar system with the sun in the center. The most amazing thing was to see earth disappearing into the darkness of a speck. Then I would imagine the outer planets of the solar system. The sun would disappear as I imagined all the stars in our galaxy, which seemed endless. I would dissolve our galaxy into one star, one light, and make that light very tiny, surrounded by other lights in the darkness, which weren’t stars, but galaxies. Then I would think about how small I was, and how strange and wonderful it is to have been born.”
- Sakyong Mipham, Turning the Mind into an Ally
This quote was some personal therapy for me today, so I decided to post it over at the other blog, in hopes that it would help others as well. Plus, it’s basically Jeff Mangum’s “Can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all…” (one of the single best lyrics of all time) in a nutshell. Only in this case, a really big large nutshell that is actually larger than the original nut. Or something. It’s been a long day.