The pale blue dot

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How stressed are you . . . REALLY?
Your wife has just left you.
A close friend dies.
A work colleague is saying nasty things behind your back.
Yes life sucks.
So much so sometimes that it’s seems hardly worth living . . . or does it?

Let me take you on a journey.

First, put on your earphones and listen to the amazing piece of music by Sigur Ros. Use it as a meditation as you look at the pictures. Take all the time you want. Let the images, the thoughts, the music work their wonder – you will find that your worries shrink as your imagination soars!

All you have to do now is climb with me on board our imaginary space craft. Or grow angel wings and fly beside me at the speed of light.

With the first beat of our wings we leave the confines of earth and find ourselves hovering above our planet.

Where do you live down there?

Where do you live down there?

Where do you live on this beautiful orb surrounded by water, trees and air?
What is your home like? Take a moment to look, to find the place were you spend every living moment.

Next with a beat of our wings we leap across space and find ourselves on the far side of our nearest neighbor – the moon.

Grey Moon - brilliant Earth

Grey Moon – brilliant Earth

It’s dusty and grey down there with no sign of life but we do see home.
Where do you live on this beautiful blue orb? What have been your fondest memories?
Take your time – let your mind wonder . . .

Time to head out now so turn your back on the moon and follow me as we pass Mars and Jupiter till we reach that most stunning of planets – Saturn. And here, looking back through the rings of ice you can just make out the planet Earth. It is a bright point at around 10 o’clock on the second outer ring.

Our planet is so small now as to be barely visible . . . and yet that is the place that harbours and holds us, feeds and waters us.

The earth is that tiny speck on the 2nd ring at around 10 o'clock

The earth is that tiny speck on the 2nd ring at around 10 o’clock

Now for the very last part of our journey. This time we head out of the solar system. But just before we leave we look back to see a Pale Blue Dot suspended in the darkness of space.
This famous photo was taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometres. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth at the request of the astronomer Carl Sagan.

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

Take a moment to look. To wonder.
This is where we live our lives. Your life.
This is where we are born, fall in love and die.
This is OUR tiny pale blue dot.
This is home.
How big are your worries from this distance?

Below is Carl Sagan’s mediation on The Pale Blue Dot.
Watch it! It will make your worries seem very small while your wonder at the universe will only grow!

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About Kevin Flanagan

Kevin is a journalist and writer. He edits The Sunday Independent Travel magazine and is writing a book about his time working with the legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
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