Here we are, in a courtyard near your home. Somewhere Close By all the life you know plays out…if you live in the country, maybe it’s a little farther, but I want you to close your eyes and really picture your community, the buildings at street level, your favorite park or lake, and the people that inhabit your community, those familiar to you and those you know well, neighbors, family, co-workers, classmates. And I want you to sit here in this virtual courtyard, with your eyes close, just holding all of that life in your minds eye as you continue to breathe, slowly and deeply.
As you slowly open your eyes you will see that we are now safely floating about 1,000 feet above the ground, and your field of vision has grown, you can see for many miles in every direction. Take in the beauty of the earth from 1,000 feet, before you once again close your eyes. Now bring to your minds eye the view of your town, village, city, or wherever you live from about 1,000 feet. Picture the buildings, homes, the schools and fire depts, the unique geographical features and rivers and hills and fields and parks that exist only there. Watch the cars wind hurriedly through the streets, as people walk and bike and move around. Imagine all of the dramas playing out around you, people on first dates, or learning how to drive, or doing homework, so many different lives unfolding. Hold as much of it as you can as you continue to slowly breathe.
As you slowly open your eyes you will see that we are now safely floating about 10,000 feet in the air. The details of the earth below us have grown tiny and non-descript. Breathe slowly and take in the majestic beauty of our earth from this height, as you slowly close your eyes. Now bring to your minds eye the view of your slice of planet earth that you would see from 10,000 feet. The mountains, rivers and lakes, the major roads, buildings and features of your city that would still be clear from this height. Depending on where you are, and how dense a community you are looking down upon their could be 100’s or perhaps even millions of people in your view going about their days. Hurrying to catch a bus, skipping rope with friends, cleaning dishes, all with different stories, different hopes and dreams. Hold as much of it in as you can while you continue to slowly breathe.
As you slowly open your eyes you will see that we are now safely floating about 100,000 feet above earth, and it hangs in space right in-front of us like a perfect blue and green jewel. Just slowly breathe and take in the incredible view of the only planet you have ever been on spinning in-front of you, surrounded by a great nothingness. The entirety of every human life except a very few have taken place on our beautiful and fragile planet. As you close your eyes, hold the earth in your minds eye, watch it continue to spin slowly, holding all of human existence.
When we see earth from this height all the illusions of difference drop away, there are no political boundaries, no difference between countries and states, race and class melt away and we are all just human beings, breathing in and out with all created beings. Hold as much of it in as you can while you slowly continue to breathe.