The other day I was listening to my favorite meditation app Calm.com, and they talked about a word I had never heard before: Yugen. Loosely translated, it means a deep awareness of the Universe.
It brought me back to a time when I went to the Griffith Park Observatory here in LA, and watched a movie in the planetarium. It’s one of those dome-shaped movie screens where they utilize the whole wall and ceiling to show the film, which is titled Centered in the Universe.
I remember laying back in the recliner-like chairs and getting goose bumps, because it made me feel like a tiny speck of dust, compared to the Universe as a whole. Normally feeling “tiny” isn’t such a good thing, but in that case it made me feel like, “man, small stuff really does not matter.” Hey someone should write a book about small stuff. Oh wait… 🙂
How many times have you gotten wrapped up in your day, where it seems everything is getting to you?
Maybe you woke up late, tripped over the dog on the way to get coffee, arrived late to work because of a car chase on the freeway (hmm, maybe that only happens here in LA), gotten a condescending email from your boss or co-worker, received a notification that you forgot to pay your electric bill, only to come home and find that you have nothing in the fridge to make for dinner, so you have to order out (even though you have no money in your bank account).
If we can put down the self-medicating vodka shot long enough to get perspective, we would realize that all of that stuff is such a tiny blip in the gigantic Universe, and that MOST of the mini-dramas we get caught up in our daily lives, are just NOT worth getting upset about.
And it’s funny how we can see that in other people. I have a friend who ruminates and replays conversations about people who should not even be on their ROC (radar of caring), yet they get so worked up they almost make themselves sick. I wish I could snap my fingers and make that go away for them. But it’s harder, isn’t it, when it’s YOU dealing with YOUR “problems” right? 🙂
So I’m trying a new technique based on this whole giant Universe perspective, and that’s zooming out. Mainly because I’ve been getting caught up in my own head and letting little stressors turn into a giant mountain.
How do you know if you need to zoom out? Well, the biggest clue is if you’re ruminating about…oh, anything, but especially if you are ruminating about things that are out of your control, or worrying about things in the future that haven’t even happened yet (you know who you are).
I’m not saying that all problems need to be blown off and never addressed, but we don’t need to add a ton of drama and emotion around many of our so-called problems. If you were to zoom out and look at your problems from the Hubble Space Telescope, you might find yourself laughing at the amount of time you spend worrying about stupid stuff.
What do you think of this perspective?