“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, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Watching an awesome video with this quote within it from Neil, I felt the magnificence and weight of his words move thru my body. I felt the joy I feel in yoga when I feel my body reacting to the messages from my brain. It may be the slight rotation of my thigh in triangle pose enabling my chest to expand. It may be the sinking of my chest into the mat in Savasana. It is this connection to myself, my body, my thoughts and my breath that extends out into my family, friends, neighbors, members of MPY and the universe.
Looking up at this moon 2 nights ago, I felt big. Partly because I could appreciate the awesomeness of it and partly because it signals the expansion of daylight in our lives. While I do not get caught up in signs or zodiac symbols – I do enjoy when others find or explain meaning in these symbols. With all of the craziness of 2014 starting, our 40 Day Challenge in full swing and life intervening…it was really nice to enjoy something as simple as the moon rising. The light filtering the darkness of the night. The small amount of space I fill in this world and the huge potential impact I can have, simply by living consciously.
I am biased, Neil is one of my favorite graduates of my high school, The Bronx High School of Science. He represents the intelligence we all have the potential for. He embraces Science and explains the world and how it works in terms that I can understand and relate to. He reminds me that it is my choice to see myself as small compared to the universe or big because of connection to it. When I get on my mat and do my yoga practice, I feel that connection with myself, I know in my heart we are all part of the same living breathing mass we refer to as the Earth. That, and my hips feel better.