This Scientific American post “A Thanksgiving Meditation in the Face of a Changing Climate” (November 21, 2018) is an interesting take on gratitude — from a cosmic perspective.
And ESA’s video “Space Station 20th: longest continuous timelapse from space” is the type of thing which makes for interesting meditation as well.
Here’s an excerpt from “A Thanksgiving Meditation in the Face of a Changing Climate:”
Our climate is changing because of our actions. We can already see the impacts: changes in the range and behavior of animal species, coastal cities smashed by hurricanes and inundated by floodwaters, a haze of unseasonal wildfire smoke. Science says nothing about how to feel about these changes. I feel grief, guilt, anger, determination, hope, and sadness all at the same time. But what I feel more than anything is gratitude for what we have. We live on a medium-sized rock that goes around a garden-variety star in a galaxy that exists only because of a flaw in the smooth perfection of the early cosmos.
Here’s ESA’s YouTube video:
Published on Nov 19, 2018
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Physicist Sean Carroll‘s annual Thanksgiving blog post is another take on a cosmic perspective: “Thanksgiving – the moons of Jupiter,” (the four Galilean satellites) posted on November 22, 2018.
Reason One: Displacing Earth from the center of the Solar System
Reason Two: Measuring the speed of light
Reason Three: Looking for life
An excellent summary of the Cosmic Perspective is Chapter 12 “Reflections on the Cosmic Perspective” in Neil de Grasse Tyson’s book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
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