Let’s take a deep breath together.
Really feel the air whirl into your lungs and expand the spongy tissue.
In. Out. In. Out.
This isn’t for some fancy, hypnotic relaxation purpose.
This is simply to remind you that you are alive.
Do it again with that knowledge in your mind.
And now, I want you to expand your mind too, to encompass all the millions of souls out there who are breathing just as you and I are. All those living, moving, thinking people. Each with their own intricate universe swirling between the lobes of their ears. Each with their own dreams. Aspirations. Loved ones. It’s mind-boggling, yet also humbling, to think about.
How many of us have a tendency to get so embroiled in our own affairs that we forget to see ourselves for the tiny drop in the ocean we are? We concentrate only our patch of shadow, and forget the darkness that stains the rest of the globe.
It’s not our fault. You and I, we’re stuck in our separate bubbles of consciousness, that’s all. We can only live one life at a time. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good to remind ourselves we are living, and that other people are living too.
Breathe. In. Out.
You’re alive. Look at you. Look at me.
Look at us.