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We Are Stardust

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We Are Stardust

Lauren

In one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs, she purrs, “we are stardust, we are golden.” The beauty of this line has always made me smile, even before I learned that she was being literal. We are actually stardust. The elements that make up our world, and our bodies, were forged in the heart of a giant supernova 14 billion years ago. We are as ancient as the universe itself! If you don’t believe me, check out this National Geographic interview with Astrophysicist Karel Schrijver. 

I don't know about you, but realizing this fact about the origins of my physical body makes me feel incredibly powerful. When I think about just how many things had to happen so that I could exist, I feel magical, purposeful, sacred. And what better time to feel magical than in the month of October. 

Halloween, and really this entire month, feels to me to be a time with a very specific mood; there is something crisp and fresh in the air. Fall brings with it a brand new mystical, numinous vibe that really informs my self care practices. October grants me renewed permission to experiment with my identity, to find new, magical pieces of myself and incorporate them into the whole of who I am and how I care for myself. 

This month, the blog will be exploring the different ways in which we can use magic, mystery, and the opportunity for identity experimentation- often associated with Halloween- to benefit us all year round. To start our exploration, I'm curious what would happen if we begin to think of ourselves as existing as a part of our world, instead of separate from it. Carl Sagan referred to humanity as a "way for the cosmos to know itself."  How does this change the way we think of ourselves? How does this change the way we care for ourselves?

As you connect with the magic and mystery inside your self, enjoy this poem which beautifully captures the miracle of our lives and our connection to the universe. 

Matter

You may not believe in magic,

But don't you think it strange,

The amount of matter in our universe,

Has never slightly changed,

That all which makes your body,

Was once part of something more,

And every breath you ever breathe,

Has seen it all before,

There are countless scores of beauty,

In all the things that you despise,

It could once have been a shooting star,

That now makes up your thighs,

And atoms of forgotten life,

Who've long since ceased to roam,

May now have the great honour,

To call your crooked smile their home,

You may not believe in magic,

But I thought that you should know,

The makings of your heart were born,

Fourteen billion years ago,

So next time you feel lonely,

When this world makes you feel small,

Just remember that it's part of you,

And you're part of it all.

 

-Erin Hanson


How will you take advantage of this month's focus on identity exploration? How will you connect with the magic inside yourself?