Happy Note: The Universe is in You
Posted on March 8, 2013
When I was little I used to think we were the stars, that the cosmos was just another part of the human condition…
Life is abundance in motion, even when relaxing your body is thrumming with activity, thoughts running wild, worrying about the future as you calculate the past into the present, your chest rising and falling without conscious direction; this microscopic physiology echoing the macroscopic cosmic vibration -a universal fingerprint of time. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by the minutiae of living I like to take a step back and realize that, in the grand scheme of things, just being here breathing this breath of life, is enough. I adore NASA APOD , it brings the galaxies far far away a little closer to home allowing me to connect with and instantly feel like a part of the greater whole than this defined self. Did you know the universe is in us? It’s true.
“The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures.
These stars, the high mass ones among them, went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy; guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems–stars with orbiting planets–and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself.
So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up–many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big–but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive.” ~Neil deGrasse Tyson