Stargazing for Anxiety & Depression Relief
When was the last time you looked up at the stars? Did you feel something? Maybe it was the feeling of connection. Maybe the weight of everything lifted off your shoulders as you sat there knowing that you’re not the only one looking at those same stars. Perhaps you gained anxiety or depression relief.
When you see how vast, simple, and complex everything is, you are given space to breathe and maybe find some relief from what has been weighing on you. Stargazing helps us remember our connection with the one cosmos. Have you ever been in the middle of nature and looked up at the sky at nighttime? If not, put it on your bucket list. If yes, then you know the feeling I’m talking about. This feeling usually comes with the thought, “oh, right…,” and a sigh of relief. Anxiety washes away: Seeing the stars really puts things in perspective. You can actually see that you are a tiny speck of dust in the grand scheme of things and that there are aspects much grander then you could ever imagine. Nature is perfect.
Humans of ancient civilizations knew what modern humans are only now understanding. Perhaps this is because they could see the stars in all their vastness. Even in the not-so-distant-past the stars were so vivid that humans were able to use them as a map. Countless twinkling lights were there every clear night to point humans in the right direction.
In current times this is not possible. Even though the stars are still up there, light pollution, smoke, and smog give the illusion that there aren’t as many (or any) stars in the sky. This alone has the potential to be the source of the growing rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and many other modern dis-eases. Perhaps the illusive dis-connect from the one universe contributes to the illusive disconnect from the self.
Humans are complex beings with many different traits. There is an infinite number of permutations and combinations that create each of our own personas. We all know we exist as the sum of our parts of DNA that we received from our parents. A lesser known fact is that we also exist as a result of the gravitational pull and relationships between the stars and planets at our date, time, and place of birth.
We are a macrocosm of a microcosm and a microcosm of a macrocosm. Our heartbeat and breath are microcosms of an infinite expansion, contraction, and beating drum. Looking at the stars helps us to remember that everything we need is within ourselves: In and out of breath is here now. Thump, thump, thump of heart is here now.