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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stardust

I'm reading a book about the connection between quantum physics and Buddhism called the Quantum and the Lotus. It's about how we are all connected,scientifically and metaphysically.

"We are all made of stardust.As brothers of the wild beasts and cousins of the flowers in the fields,we all carry the history of the cosmos.Just by breathing,we are linked to all other human beings that have lived on the planet.For example,still today we are breathing in millions of atomic nuclei from the fire that burned Joan of Arc in 1431,and some of the molecules from Julius Caesar's dying breath.When a living organism dies and decays,it's atoms are released back into the environment,and eventually become integrated into other organisms.Our bodies contain about a billion atoms that once belonged to the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment."

1 comment:

  1. I have a tattoo on the insides of my arms: "Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars"
    It reminds me that my physical reality is interconnected and temporary. That eventually I will be reduced to atoms that will mingle with other atoms. It's very comforting.

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