Some of us are forced into 'down time', or into life's dark corner, where it is meant that we do some soul searchin' and self-discovery work. Some of us are fortunate to come out of that dark corner and some do not. I know from personal experience how vital it is, when life forces us into The Float, that we make best use possible, of doing absolutely 'nothing'. Doing nothing relates to turning off human activity in the outer world and exploring one's inner world for what may await our discovery or rediscovery. Doing nothing has significance in all lives, but glancing around the human experience, it's quite evident busyness is going to bring about more 'forced down times'.
I've known friends, an exspouse and some just acquaintances... they were taken to that dark corner in life. Sadly for some, there was no return to the human experience, just a return ticket Home. Simply put, it is very often about what level of choice making one operates from. Higher or Lower?
Vibrationally the difference is immense, and we're back to The Float of Nothingness. It's the importance of working your way back out of that darkness, of no longer denying your spiritual growth and personal empowerment issues and choices!
Had to create a space where I can discuss doing 'nothing' and how life's dark corners have brought spiritual reawakenings and Divinely empowered Points-of-Light to brightly shine the Way, by choice~!
photo image: Dark moments force us to go within, search and re-member we are the Light
MOTHER of all Mothers...EARTH. Let's hold her gently!
This blog post series has most humbly expanded my human understanding, perhaps the REAL reason behind my strong desire to create it. It took many hours, probably more due to my inept computer skills than to the lack of available information and video accompaniments.
If the series touched but one other woman's life, in some small way... then all the hours, all the tired deriere moments and all those times my recent back injury flared up and forced me to walk away from the computer... will without a single doubt will have been worth it all.
At this point in my tribute to our Mother Earth I wish to share a most fitting video. The only spoken words are from the Cherokee Nation. The vertically scrolling message this video conveys so remarkably well is simple but a most profound one! You may miss the first part of it like I did, so thought I'd make you aware of it. It's a message worthy of becoming part of all our lives. There is NO denying what happens to Mother Earth happens to each and eveyone of us! There is NO escaping this truth, you have only to explore your heart, news headlines and educational TV programming... to grasp this... truest of true realities.
The female voices heard on the video are those of Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Collidge and niece Laura Satterfield. The song is a traditional Cherokee song passed down in the Coolidge family. The words are:
Wi-na-de-ya-ho, wi-na-de-ya-ho Wi-na-de-ya, wi-na-de-ya Ho- ho- ho- ho He- ya- ho, he- ya- ho Ya- ya- ya
I'm sure if you play it a few times, you'll more than want to join in with the singers, it really feels good to do so!
A most ONEderful video that humbles you, inspires you and warms your HEART bringing YOUR heart to smile...
Because it's all about where WE all live how WE live why WE LIVE....
Good reasons for ALL to give LOVE back to our EARTH...
THIS IS OUR MOTHER EARTH . note This is a 7 minute video that moves slowly, so take a few moments and relax into the beauty of our true home Earth. The background music is gentle and earth rotates right before your eyes, almost as if you were orbiting earth as a passenger on a space shuttle's mission...
We humans know how to light the world and it definitely shows except not too many of us ever get to see it so. Here's a peek so we will have an idea...
I have always felt that the planets in our universe must have a voice, that they must have a vibration and until the advent of the internet... I had little access to late breaking science discoveries. Not being much of a reader, going to a library to do research, just isn't part of my way of being. For this blog entry I did just a whisper of research online and found some pretty awesome stuff. So below is a left brain explanation of the issue of our planets and their audible presence in our universe, followed by those actual sounds. I was amazed and would like to feel you will be also. INjoy!
Technical explanation as to how the planets have a sound in space:
OK, first of all I had no idea this video was going to be this popular. Pretty exciting stuff. Anyways, there's alot of arguing on here about sound in space. Obviously sound needs a medium to pass through, to vibrate through so that it can carry the sound waves. Space has no air, and therefore cannot project sound in audible wave form. As it says in the description, these sounds are not from satellites zooming around the earth with a normal microphone. Sohpisticated instruments can detect the different sonic vibrations going on in the planet GENERALLY. So what you are hearing is not what it would be like if you just stuck an ear out the window of a space ship. First of all you would probably either die or go deaf in that ear for the rest of your life because of the pressure of the vaccum. What the remote sensors on the sattellite are doing is analyzing different radio frequencies coming off the surface of the earth and converting it into audible soundwaves for you and I to hear. So you're not hearing whales, you're not hearing cars or even wind. You're merely hearing the general frequencies of the Earth in an audible format.
Let's explore these planets a little more below...
FACTS about our good EARTH
Earth is the only planet in the Solar System to have water in all its three states of matter: solid (ice), liquid (sea, rain, etc.) and gas (clouds).
Earth is almost five billion years old, although life has only existed on the planet for the last 150 to 200 million years. This means that life has been present on the planet for only 5%-10% of its lifetime.
Earth and Mercury are the two densest planets in the Solar System.
The length of time it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun is 365 and a quarter days. To make up this extra quarter, which isn't counted at the end of a year, we have an extra day every four years i.e. on 29th February.
Earth is gradually slowing down. Every few years, an extra second is added to make up for lost time.
Millions of years ago, a day on Earth will have been 20 hours long. It is believed that, after a few million years, a day on Earth will be 27 hours long.
The centre of the Earth i.e. its core is molten. This means that it is liquid rock, which sometimes erupts onto the surface through volcanic eruptions. This core is 7,500° C hotter than the surface of Sun!
Earth is the only planet in the Solar System not to be named after a mythical God.
Despite being called Earth, only 29% of the surface is actually 'earth' (land). The rest of the planet's surface (71%) is made up of water.
From a distance in space, Earth would seem to be the brightest of the 8 planets. This is because large amount of sunlight is reflected by the water on the planet.
Earth is the only planet in the Solar System known to be geologically active, with earthquakes and volcanoes forming the landscape, replenishing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and erasing impact craters from meteors.
Earth's average distance from the Sun is 149,600,000 km (92,960,000 miles) Earth has a diameter of 12,760 km and mass of about 5.972 x 1024 kg.
Earth is the fifth largest planet in the Solar System.
Earth has only one satellite, the Moon. Moon is the second brightest object in the sky, as seen from the planet.
Earth's atmosphere is composed mainly of nitrogen (77%), oxygen (21%), argon (0.93%), and carbon dioxide (0.03%).
El Azizia (Libya) is the hottest place on Earth, while Vostok (Antarctica) is the coldest.
Earth travels at an orbital speed of around 108,000 km (67,000 miles) an hour.
Earth, along with Mercury, is densest planet in the Solar System.
Earth is home to millions of species, including humans.
The average distance between Earth and Moon is 238,857 miles (384,403.1 km).
FACTS about our SUN
The Sun is actually a star.
Sun is about 4 1/2 billion years old.
Sun's mass is 2 x 1027 tons.
The mean diameter of the Sun is 1.392×109 m
Sun appears small, because it is 93 million miles away from Earth.
Sun was formed, like every other star, from a huge swirling cloud of gas called a nebula. The cloud contained all the matter which went together to form the sun and the solar system.
Proxima Centauri is the closest star around the sun, at a distance of 4.3 light years.
Light from Sun takes about 8 minutes to reach Earth.
Sun is made of hot gases, containing hydrogen, helium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, and iron.
About 75% of sun is hydrogen, the rest is mostly helium.
The effective surface temperature of the Sun is 5778K.
Temperature of Sun’s Corona is 5x106 K.
Temperature at core of the Sun is 15.7×106 K
At the centre of the Sun, hydrogen nuclei fuse into helium, releasing the energy upon which we depend.
Just as the planets orbit around the Sun, in the same way, Sun orbits around the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, taking 225,000,000 years to complete a full orbit, traveling at 800,000 kilometers per hour.
If we could remove the bright, glowing surface of the Sun, we would see nothing other than blackness.
Only the Sun's outer surface shines brightly, while its inside is complete darkness.
Without Sun, life on earth would not exist. Our planet would be a frozen dark ball, drifting dead in space.
If Sun was a hollow ball, you could fit about one million earths inside it!
Sun is almost half-way through its life and at its most stable point in its lifetime. Eventually, it will increase in size, eating up the Inner Planets and heating up the Outer Planets and their moons, before collapsing to become a very small White Dwarf.
FACTS about our MOON
The average distance between Earth and its moon is about 238,900 miles (384,000 kilometers).
The diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles (3,476 kilometers).
The mass of moon is 7.15 x 1022 kg. It is about one-eightieth that of the Earth.
The surface gravity of the moon is only one-sixth that of Earth.
The time taken by moon to complete one rotation and one revolution is the same - about 27.3 days. This is why, from Earth, we always see the same side of the moon.
The moon orbits Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour (3,700 kilometers an hour).
The moon's gravitational pull on Earth is the reason behind the phenomenon of rise and fall of ocean tides.
There is no water and no air on moon.
From earth, only 59 percent of moon's surface is visible.
The dark spots that can be seen on moon are nothing, but craters filled with basalt, a very dense material.
The moon is the only extraterrestrial body to have been visited by humans. It is also the only body from which samples have been taken.
The first artificial object to impact the lunar surface was Luna 2.
Luna 3 (built by the Soviet Union) was the first space craft to send back pictures from the moon, in October 1959.
There is no global magnetic field on moon.
In 1966, Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to perform a successful lunar soft landing.
The first unmanned vehicle to orbit the Moon was sent in 1966, under the name Luna 10.
Unlike the moons (natural satellites) of other planets, the moon of the Earth has no proper English name, other than "the Moon".
The surface of the Moon is covered with craters, basins, and cratered highlands, called terrae.
The soil that covers the Moon is composed of rock fragments and fine dust grains.
It is known by the name of 'regolith'.
The density of moon is 3.34 g/cm3.
The temperature on moon ranges from -171 deg C to 111 deg C.
The total atmospheric mass of moon is less than 104 kg.
Lunar eclipses occur near a full moon, when the Earth is between Sun and Moon.
During its brightest phase i.e. at "full moon", moon has an apparent magnitude of about −12.6.
Moon is neither round, nor spherical. Rather, it has the shape of an egg.
FACTS about SATURN
Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system.
Saturn is at the sixth position in the solar system, according to its distance from the Sun.
Due to fast rotation on its axis, Saturn is flattened at the poles.
Galileo was the first person to discover Saturn. He was confused by its strange appearance in his telescope.
It was in 1659 that Christiaan Huygens rightly inferred the geometry of the rings.
Just like Jupiter, Saturn is a gas planet. Its large distance from the sun helps it retain its original primitive gases.
The atmosphere on Saturn is primarily composed of hydrogen, with small amounts of helium and methane.
Saturn is the only planet in our solar system that is less dense that water.
Saturn's distance from the sun is two times that of Jupiter.
A Saturn year lasts for more than 29 Earth years, but a Saturn day only lasts 10 hours and 14 minutes.
Saturn is a faintly smaller version of Jupiter, with alike, but less distinctive, surface patterns.
Saturn’s rings are believed to be the particles of an old moon destroyed in a collision about 50 million years ago.
It is assumed that Saturn’s rings will disappear one day. They will either dissolve into space or get sucked into the planet by its pull of gravity.
Saturn is yellow in color and is believed to be the third brightest planet in night sky.
Saturn has the most number of moons in our solar system.
Saturn was the God of agriculture in Roman mythology. Saturn is also the father of Jupiter, the king of the Roman Gods.
Saturn's rings orbit the planet at different tilts. Sometimes, they can appear like 'ears' sticking out of the planet. At other times, they are flat when seen from Earth and are hardly visible. This shows how thin they can be.
Saturn is the basis of the English word “Saturday”.
FACTS about JUPITER
In our solar system, Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun.
A scientific record says that Jupiter is as many as 778,330,000 km away from the Sun.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system.
Though Jupiter is the largest planet, it rotates extremely fast on its orbit, taking only 9 hours 55 minutes to complete one rotation.
Jupiter takes nearly 12 earth years to revolve around the sun.
The planet has the shortest day in our Solar System, extending up to only 10 hours.
The planet is the fourth brightest object to be seen in the sky, after Sun, Venus and Mars.
Unlike Earth, Mars, Venus and Mercury, Jupiter is not a terrestrial planet.
Jupiter is a gaseous planet, which is held together by a massive gravity field.
Jupiter primarily consists of hydrogen, nitrogen, helium and water.
At the center, Jupiter has a small metal core that is made of liquid hydrogen, surrounded by vast expanse of hydrogen and helium gas.
The atmosphere of Jupiter consists of intense wind patterns, running horizontally across the planet.
Jupiter's Giant Red Spot is a storm, which is brewing for over 300 years.
The Giant Red Spot of Jupiter is about 2 Earth diameters wide.
Jupiter has 16 big satellites and many other smaller satellites as well.
Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are the largest Galilean satellites of Jupiter and came to be known so, when they were discovered by Galileom way back in 1610.
Ganymede is the largest Galilean satellite of Jupiter. Till date, as many as 60 moons of Jupiter have been discovered.
The effective temperature of Jupiter is -148 °C, which is equivalent to -234 °F.
It was the Voyager 1 spacecraft that discovered Jupiter’s ring.
Jupiter has three thin rings around its equator, which are primarily made of smoke-sized particles and dust.
According to scientific studies, it is discovered that Jupiter’s core is very thick, just like a super hot soup.
Jupiter's mass is 318 times larger than that of the Earth.
The density of Jupiter is 1/4th to that of the Earth.
Jupiter has the strongest pull of gravity amongst all the planets of the Solar System.
It is believed that there is an area beneath the upper cloud layer of Jupiter, which would be just as hot as the room temperature on Earth.
FACTS about URANUS
Sir William Herschel was the first person to discover Uranus, on March 13, 1781. However, he thought that he had discovered a new comet.
The distance between Uranus and Sun is almost twice the distance from Sun to Saturn.
Uranus has a pale blue color, which is caused by the methane in its atmosphere that filters out red light.
Uranus orbits the Sun on its side. Its South Pole is pointed towards Earth. The angle of the tilt of its axis is 98 degrees.
Like Saturn, Uranus also has rings. The rings are made of ice and small rock particles, which are so faint that they appear as black as charcoal.
Uranus rotates from east to west, like Venus. This is opposite from the spin of Earth.
Uranus has 21 moons. Five of these moons are large, while the rest are smaller.
Uranus' moons orbit the planet just like a Giant Wheel in a fair. The satellites would go over and under the planet.
A year on Uranus is equivalent to 84 Earth years. A day on Uranus is shorter than a day on Earth, at about 17 hours long.
Uranus is the only planet with a unique tilt of 98 degrees. Thus, its seasons are extreme. When the Sun rises at its north pole, it stays up for 42 Earth years and then when it sets, the North Pole is in darkness for the next 42 Earth years.
The atmospheric composition of Uranus comprises of hydrogen, helium, and methane.
The force of gravity at the surface of Uranus is about 90 percent of that at the surface of Earth. Thus, an object that weighs 100 pounds on Earth would weigh about 90 pounds on Uranus.
As per mythology, Uranus was the lord of the skies and husband of Earth. He was also the King of the Gods, until his son Saturn overthrew him.
Astrologers believe Uranus might have an ocean of water beneath its clouds. It has a large rocky core, and because of tremendous pressure, could possibly contain trillions of large diamonds.
FACTS about NEPTUNE
Neptune is the fourth largest planet among the eight main planets in our Solar System.
Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have visited Neptune, in 1989.
Neptune's atmospheric composition comprises of hydrogen, helium, methane, traces of ammonia and water.
Neptune looks blue in color. This is due to the absorption of red light by methane in the atmosphere.
Amongst all the eight planets in the Solar System, Neptune has the strongest wind flow. The wind blows in a westerly direction, at a speed of 2,000 km/hour.
There is a cloud that moves around Neptune about every 16 hours. It is known as "The Scooter".
In Roman Mythology, Neptune is the God of the Sea.
Neptune's moon, Triton, is slowly getting closer to it. It is believed that finally, the moon will get so close that it will get torn apart by Neptune's gravity and, possibly, form rings more spectacular than Saturn's.
Like Jupiter's Great Red Spot, Neptune also has dark spots. However, these spots disappear and reappear on different parts of the planet, unlike Jupiter's spot.
Neptune, sometimes, orbits the Sun further away than Pluto, making it the most distant planet in the Solar System. It returned to its usual position, as the second farthest planet from the Sun, in December 1999.
Neptune has 11 known satellites, of which Triton is the largest one.
Neptune's moon, Triton orbits in the direction opposite to the planet's rotation. It is the only large moon in the Solar System to do this.
Neptune has three prominent rings and one faint ring. Some parts of these rings are brighter than others and appear like arcs orbiting the planet.
Neptune completes its rotation in about 16 hours and 7 minutes.
It takes 165 years for Neptune to revolve around the Sun. Since its discovery in 1846, the planet has not yet completed a full orbit.
Neptune's moon, Triton has the coldest temperatures measured in the Solar System, about -230°c.
FACTS about MARS
Mars is the seventh largest planet in the Solar System.
There has been strong evidence, mainly in the form of channels, valleys, and gullies, that Mars once had water flowing on its surface.
Mars is home to 'Valles Marineris', a canyon system that is much deeper and much longer than the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Mars boasts of having mountains that are higher than Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth. It also houses Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain in the Solar System.
The atmosphere of Mars is about 100 times less dense than the atmosphere of Earth. However, it is dense enough to support weather system that includes clouds and winds.
The average temperature on Mars is about -80 degrees F (-60 degrees C), making it much colder than Earth.
The average distance between Mars and Sun is about 141,620,000 miles (227,920,000 kilometers).
The average radius (distance from its center to its surface) of Mars is 2,107 miles (3,390 kilometers), about half that of Earth.
Though Mars travels around the sun in an elliptical (oval) orbit, just like other planets, its orbit is slightly more "stretched out" than most of the other planets.
One year on Mars is equal to 687 days on Earth.
Just like Earth, Mars also rotates on its axis from west to east.
One day on Mars is 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds long.
The axis of Mars is not perpendicular to the planet's orbital plane; rather it is tilted from the perpendicular position.
Mars has a mass of 7.08 X 1020 tons (6.42 X 1020 metric tons).
The density of Mars is about 3.933 grams per cubic centimeter.
The force of gravity on Mars being only about 38 percent of that on Earth, a person standing on its surface would feel his weight reduced by 62%.
It has been estimated that the average thickness of Martian crust is about 30 miles (50 kilometers).
Mars claims the distinction of the being the planet with the largest volcanoes in the solar system.
The atmosphere of Mars is made up of 0.13% oxygen, 95.3% carbon dioxide, 2.7% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, 0.07% carbon monoxide and 0.03% water vapors.
The atmospheric pressure on Mars' surface is about 0.10 pound per square inch (0.7 kilopascal).
Mars has two tiny moons - Phobos and Deimos.
It is believed that Mars might have harbored life in the past and might have living things existing even today.
The surface of Mars resembles the impact craters of the Moon as well the volcanoes, valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth.
Mars was first visited by the Mariner 4, in 1965.
FACTS about VENUS
Venus is the brightest natural object in the night sky, with Moon being the only exception.
Venus reaches its maximum brightness shortly before sunrise and shortly after sunset. This is the reason why it is usually called the 'Morning Star' or the 'Evening Star'.
Being primarily composed of silicate rocks, Venus has been classified as a terrestrial planet.
Venus is sometimes called 'Earth's sister planet', mainly due to the fact that the two are similar in size, gravity, and bulk composition.
Venus is the sixth-largest planet in the solar system.
The reason why Venus is not visible from Earth in the day is that it is covered with an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid.
Of all the terrestrial planets, Venus boasts of having the densest atmosphere, which mainly comprises of carbon dioxide.
The atmospheric pressure at the surface of Venus is 92 times that of the Earth.
It is believed that the surface of Venus is relatively young, approximately half a billion years old.
The distance of Venus from Sun is 108,208,930 km.
One day on Venus Day is equal to 243 days on Earth, while its one year is equal to 224.7 days on Earth.
The orbital speed of Venus is 35 km/sec and the eccentricity of its orbit is 0.007.
Venus does not have even one satellite.
The surface of Venus is very dry and characterized with flat plains, highland regions, and depressions.
Just like Earth, the interior of Venus is composed of a central iron core and a molten rocky mantle.
The rotation of Venus is opposite than that of Earth and there, Sun rises in the West.
Venus is the hottest as well as the brightest of all planets in the solar system.
Venus is the only planet in the Solar System that rotates clockwise. All the other planets turn anti-clockwise.
Venus has more volcanoes than any other planet in the Solar System. Whether these volcanoes are active or not, is still not known.
Around 80 percent of Venus's surface is made of smooth volcanic plains, with the rest claiming to have two highland 'continents'.
The equatorial radius of Venus is 6,051.8 km, while its equatorial circumference is 38,025 km.
The volume is Venus is 928,400,000,000 km3, while its mass is 4,868,5 x 1020 kg and density is 5.24 g/cm3.
FACTS about MERCURY
Mercury takes 59 days to make a rotation, but only 88 days to circle the Sun. That means that there are fewer than 2 days in a year at Mercury!
Mercury is denser than any other planet in the solar system, except Earth.
The surface temperatures on Mercury ranges from about 90 to 700 K (−180 to 430 °C), with the sub-solar point being the hottest and bottoms of the craters near the poles being the coldest.
The English name for the planet comes from the Romans, who named it after the Roman god 'Mercury'.
Mercury can only be seen early morning and in twilight.
Before 4th century BC, Greek astronomers believed Mercury to be two separate objects: one visible only at sunrise, which they called 'Apollo' and the other visible only at sunset, which they called 'Hermes'.
Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator.
Mercury is a heavily cratered planet, composed of rock with a central iron core that is three-quarters of the diameter of the planet (3,600 km).
Mercury has a large iron core, which generates a magnetic field about 1% as strong as that of the Earth.
Mercury has no atmosphere and no known satellites.
The first visit to Mercury was made by the Mariner 10 spacecraft, in 1974.
The second visit to Mercury was by 'MESSENGER' spacecraft.
If you were to stand on Mercury, Sun would appear two and a half times bigger than what it looks from Earth.
Despite being the planet closest to the Sun, Mercury is not the warmest. Rather, Venus is warmer and Mercury can be one of the coldest planets in the Solar System.
Mercury takes the record for the most eccentric orbit. This means that its orbit is an ellipse, varying its distance to the Sun. At its closest point, Mercury gets to within 46 million km of sum. Then, it ranges out to 70 million km away from the Sun.
Here's a great webpage sharing views of clouds on earth and explains their formations and locations:
I've always had an interest in our astronauts and how their lives and belief systems may have changes following their 'tour of duty out there'... again with just a whisper of research online I found this...
QUOTES from our ASTRONAUTS
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. Donald Williams, USA
My first view - a panorama of brilliant deep blue ocean, shot with shades of green and gray and white - was of atolls and clouds. Close to the window I could see that this Pacific scene in motion was rimmed by the great curved limb of the Earth. It had a thin halo of blue held close, and beyond, black space. I held my breath, but something was missing - I felt strangely unfulfilled. Here was a tremendous visual spectacle, but viewed in silence. There was no grand musical accompaniment; no triumphant, inspired sonata or symphony. Each one of us must write the music of this sphere for ourselves. Charles Walker, USA
Looking outward to the blackness of space, sprinkled with the glory of a universe of lights, I saw majesty - but no welcome. Below was a welcoming planet. There, contained in the thin, moving, incredibly fragile shell of the biosphere is everything that is dear to you, all the human drama and comedy. That's where life is; that's were all the good stuff is. Loren Acton, USA
The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space. Aleksei Leonov, USSR
The sun truly "comes up like thunder," and it sets just as fast. Each sunrise and sunset lasts only a few seconds. But in that time you see at least eight different bands of color come and go, from a brilliant red to the brightest and deepest blue. And you see sixteen sunrises and sixteen sunsets every day you're in space. No sunrise or sunset is ever the same. Joseph Allen, USA
The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God. James Irwin, USA
Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home. Edgar Mitchell, USA
My view of our planet was a glimpse of Divinity. Edgar Mitchell, USA
For the first time in my life I saw the horizon as a curved line. It was accentuated by a thin seam of dark blue light - our atmosphere. Obviously this was not the ocean of air I had been told it was so many times in my life. I was terrified by its fragile appearance. Ulf Merbold, Federal Republic of Germany
A Chinese tale tells of some men sent to harm a young girl who, upon seeing her beauty, become her protectors rather than her violators. That's how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. "I could not help but love and cherish her. Taylor Wang, China/USA
I found this webpage very interesting and learned a great deal in a few minutes. If you need to brush up on what you know of Mother Earth, this is a great place to start. It's laid out simply, organized and is easy to read and understand.
The following section is from: Peters Patch editor Andrea Bosco: Andrea.Bosco@patchcom
There is a MOTHER who desperately needs our help. She’s running low on resources and having trouble staying clean. Her name is Mother Earth and she deserves a break. It’s our job to give her one.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year. The Earth Day Network refers to it as a day for “individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.”
Earth Day isn’t breaking news. It’s been around for over 40 years. The first national Earth Day was in 1970, fathered by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson after he witnessed the devastation caused by a 1969 oil spill in California.
Tapping into the flower power and revolutionary energy of the era, Nelson, and those with whom he aligned himself, encouraged a national demonstration. The result was Earth Day 1970—a single day where 20 million Americans rallied from coast-to-coast in support of sustaining the environment.
Earth Day became an international phenomenon in 1990, reaching 200 million people in 141 countries and bringing environmental concerns to the forefront of global discussion. Ten years later, Earth Day hit the internet. Use of the worldwide-web let activists better organize their efforts and more effectively extend the movement throughout the world.
From then to now, in both the physical and virtual worlds, the Earth Day initiative has bridged many gaps between divergent groups of people, allowing them to set aside their differences and pursue the common goal of saving the planet.
To achieve this goal, there are state regulations, national legislature and international summits regarding environmentalism. But, these things only address part of the ongoing problem.
Environmental protection and sustainability requires more than obedience to applicable laws and regulations. It requires personal interest and action.
Personal action is at the heart of Earth Day 2011. This year’s focus is the continuation of the A Billion Acts of Green campaign that began in 2010. The campaign’s objective is to reach a billion pledges of environmental action before the Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.
The A Billion Acts of Green website was set up so that individuals, organizations and nations could register their pledges in a quantifiable way. Right now, 100,504,172 pledges have been registered. That number will probably be higher by the time you are done reading this article.
One way you can guarantee that this number grows is by visiting the website and registering your own pledge. Your pledge doesn’t have to be a huge action on your part. It can be some small change in your life.
You could pledge to carpool to work or walk to the post office rather than drive.
You could pledge to plant a garden in your backyard or teach your children the principles of sustainable resources.
Maybe a pledge to switch to reusable grocery bags or low energy light bulbs is more your thing.
Perhaps you’d like to ditch that bottled water in favor of a water filtration system or use eco-friendly cleaning products.
Or, maybe you’ll decide to donate your old clothes to a charity instead of throwing them away.
There are so many ways you can reduce, recycle and reuse to minimize the carbon footprint you leave behind. It’s just a matter of finding the one that’s right for you.
When you take care of Mother Earth, you are also taking care of yourself, your children and your children’s children. You’re helping to ensure that our water, air and land are clean and useable now and for years to come.
We now return to your regularly scheduled Great Escape, already in progress…
Have a happy Earth Day with your family and friends. Give yourself and the Earth a break from your daily routine. Hit a park. Get outdoors. Explore nature. Waste less and care more. //
The spiritual awakening begins with some kind of uneasiness, a generalized and widespread premonition that we are in the final times of a cycle.
The search for truth leads to spirituality, to a door in our heart that allows us to reach another type of knowledge: the inner one. Through that knowledge we can achieve mystical experiences; those are experiences from our soul or spirit that allow us to know the mysteries of life and nature.
In order to reach that knowledge, many people resort to certain practices: Yoga, Tai Chi, relaxation, meditation, techniques to activate chakras, astral projection, etc. All those are helping tools, but the true awakening is that of the consciousness. It is achieved with will, in a rigorous work upon ourselves that enables us to grow spiritually until we reach inner enlightenment.
Our planet is about to undergo a process of change. The time for a new era is coming close: a period when spirituality, love and peace will prevail. But before, great sufferings will come to this humanity.
Well... I attempted to find interesting stuff online and park links to it all on this final blog post...
MY CELEBRATION and way of honoring Earth's Day, 2011. I truly and wholeheartedly hope it will have helped some of you, or just one of you better understand life on Earth, Earth her Self and how better to live upon her. I know there is a vast variety in all of these 7 Earth Day posts and that it's all jumbled together and not well organized or written...
but my intent was to make it interesting, upbeat, real and from my heart. I've done the best I could do, gave it many hours, actually many days and I feel deep in my heart... it was all worth it.
For you see, it shan't go to waste as these 7 Earth Day posts will be "OUT THERE" in cyber space forever! Unless BHW goes away.
And like anything I have ever shared here on the BHW community blog, my blog, or will share elsewhere on BHW... PLEASE take only that which feels deeply right to YOU and release or toss all the rest, as it's not right for you at this time.
Now that you've viewed the absolute pristine beauty that is our Mother Earth from space... hopefully you are feeling more and more like one of her stewards. If not yet, then perhaps after viewing the next 2 videos you may feel a little more like taking more responsibility as one of her entrusted caretakers. It's time to get more REAL and get into a deeper level of our human emotions and FEEL the truth that is shared in these next 2 videos.
The first one is of Charles Moore giving a tall. He's sailor who was making a return trip from Hawaii following a sailing competition. He decided to take a shortcut... a different route back to California and found the infamous garbage island out in the Pacific Ocean. Following his discovery he has spent his life campaigning and educating we human beings as to the plight of earth's oceans and the oceans' marine life. Even on behalf of our own human well-being as we are that race of beings that must reside upon this planet.
They are not pretty but they are factual and visually stimulating. They were not created to bring about hysteria or violence upon the peoples of our planet. Instead they were created to inform, educate, inspire and bring forth HIGHER CHOICES by those of us who, with all our hearts, really do or will begin to care. For it is WE who can make a monumental difference NOW. Perhaps many of we women of BHW are already feeling like we're doing enough. Or that what we are doing is OK. Perhaps we need to rethink our thinking. It is impossible at this point to clean up the residue floating loosely about in our oceans, but someone told me in passing that someone is attempting to buy the island of floating plastic and recycle it???? I wonder if I've dreamt that or if someone actually did share that with me and it may just really happen. What a strange feeling that was to just have that garbage island thought pass through my consciousness... I hope to heck it is TRUE.
I for one don't fill a small garbage can in two weeks and sometimes it takes 3 or 4 weeks to have it be really full. But I live alone. It takes 1-2 months for me to fill my BIG recycling bin our garbage company supplies us with and it's picked up on the days I put out my regular garbage can. I only have my garbage picked up twice a month and only because the city's regulations require it of me because I am on city water(which I don't drink until it's gone through my multi-pure water filter). I would have my garbage picked up once a month if I could. I am certain many of you live where recycling happens and I hope after experiencing this blog post, that you will begin to recycle, IF you do not already do so. I am fortunate that my little coastal town's garbage company is really into the process of recycling. It feels so good knowing I am doing everything I can do help do my part as it pertains to diminishing the impact of plastic in our landfills and in our environment. And I salute all the women here that are also doing their utmost to recycle and reuse.
Please do what you, living where you may live, are able to do. Together I know we can do a great deal to help our Mother. Most of us are mothers, it should come second nature for Mothers to Mother another Mother, right? Right on!
So, this first video is of Charles Moore giving a lecture, with charts and graphs and still images. You can tell he's not a natural at speaking, but you can also tell he is driven from deep down within himself, to do what he is compelled to do. He CANNOT NOT do this thing. He has reached that Point of NO Return. How well many of us know that one right? Of course... we are the nurturing ones, the intuitive ones, the organizers, the multi-taskers, the chamipons of many causes! WE ARE WOMEN of very very BRAVE HEARTS. WE are making our differences and Mother Earth is a better place because WE are good at nurturing and caring and daring.
Before you watch it, let me suggest that you make sure to catch a glimpse of Mae West, a Snapping Turtle you will see in the video. She has survived her plastic garbage experience but isn't as our Creator made her to be. She is defintely a BraveHearted female, bless her turtle heart!
This is the final post of seven in seven days and is my first blog post series! It feels like there'll be more to follow but only by time passing shall I truly know. Change is unfoldin' all around us. Best get on board and INjoy the ride!
Now to change up and move to a different type of experience where quiet wisdom and serenity prevail. Here's a video that is gentle, with soothing sound and is voiceless... so you can relax and INjoy some insightful moments pertaining the realm of spirituality. It's titled:
I conclude this series with 4 more videos. The first 1 expresses how deeply grateful I am today and everyday for a life that's blessed. I've always admired Jessye Norman's voice, especially when she sings my favorite hymn. A unique video with her voice in the background, as it shares still images of Jessye through the years. INjoy!
This 2 part video gives you a little glimpse into the WOMAN behind that inspired and powerful voice you just listened to. I admire her honesty, her talent and her presence on the stage of life, as she very gallantly stays true to her SELF. She indeed has a God-given gift of voice and shares it so well. This is part 1 of 2...
And at the last moment I decided to share the next video-another rendition of my favorite hymn by someone the world knows well... and I lovingly share it here at this time because it represents to me someone who'd surrendered their power to others and lost who they really were. It hurt my heart to watch this over the years...
note: All videos in this series are from: PLAYING FOR CHANGE, Songs Around the World, except videos of earth, the garbage island, Jessye Norman and Elvis.
About PLAYING FOR CHANGE Songs Around the World: For 4 years a small crew travelled the world in search of inspiration. They recorded and filmed live on location as they connected the world through music. Over 100 musicians spanning 5 continents collaborated to create music and song! Many of them never met in person and despite their cultural differences, their songs illustrate a deep human connection and desire to unite. We can all celebrate our differences through music.
Together we can and we shall create a better world from our UNITED rhythms of ONE HEART and ONE LOVE'S vibrations
Quoting Mark Johnson, the producer of PLAYING FOR CHANGE: Songs Around the World... As a human race we come together for birth, we come together for death. What brings us together in between is up to us. Stop and listen to the universal language of music and bring that positive energy with you everywhere you go.
Here the producer gives you some background into what motivated him and his crew to put it all together, includes some entertaining film clips...