DEEPLY RELAXING, HEALING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM, "A View From Above" - Plato
In this week's relaxing guided meditation, we go over Plato's liberating concept of "View from Above".
As Marcus Aurelius wrote in Meditations, 7.48, "How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once—of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets—all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites..."
This change of perspective from the individual to “the Whole” has the capacity to change us in fundamental ways. When we take it seriously, it can turn “this human life of ours upside down” (as Plato says in his dialogue Gorgias, line 481c). It can produce inner peace and freedom, replacing anger and pain with compassion and love, even when we are most hurt.