Meditating upon the size of the Universe – and our place in it

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) created few years ago a video to help viewers visualize the size of the known Universe. As the video states in the first few seconds, it features every star, planet, moon and galaxy, among other celestial bodies, that are known to date. In only 6 minutes and 30 seconds, it puts the Universe and our space within it in a breathtaking perspective.

I find this to be one of the most amazing videos ever produced, not only for the extraordinary scientific value it provides. From a spiritual perspective, it provides a very useful context to meditate upon. Realizing that we are so small, limited and remote in the big Universal scale is fascinating. Knowing this, can we decipher what’s the role we are playing in this Universe? What are we, humans, collectively pursuing during our existence in this vast, unknown region to us? What is our link to all this trillions of other celestial bodies that inhabit this indescribably extensive space?

I invite you to watch the video, and to meditate on it afterwards. I sincerely hope you find it as useful as I have for your meditation purposes.

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‘Weightless’ – The (scientifically proven) most relaxing music in the world. Try it here!

Back in January 2012, I published here at The Inner Power an article titled “Why is music important in meditation?“, where I said that music plays a crucial role in removing negative thoughts from it. Moreover, certain scholars have even suggested that “music is the language of the spiritual world”, an assertion that makes every sense when considering that music is a universal language, and one that can fill our mind and spirit with certain types of emotions, feelings, and stimuli.

One of the most valuable properties of music as a vehicle to achieve a meditative state is its power to calm down our body and mind, and help the individual to reach deep mind concentration. In doing so, the person is isolating themselves from the everyday and mundane thoughts, negative energies, and problems, just to achieve a state in which they can look at the “bigger picture” of their persona, and analyze their goals and hurdles from a different (more calm) perspective.

The development of better music to allow more relaxation and concentration has gone to the next level. The Telegraph reports that a group of scientists in the United Kingdom have developed what they explain as “the most relaxing music ever”. The resulting 8-minute long melody was branded Weightless, a composition worked jointly by sound therapists and Manchester-Based trio Marconi Union. Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, one of the scientists working on this project and one of the leading stress specialists in the United Kingdom, explains after testing this new melody on 40 women that “Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested.”

Lyz Cooper, of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, explained that scientific theory was used throughout this project. The end result was the making of what she referred to as the “perfect relaxing song” because “The song makes use of many musical principles that have been shown to individually have a calming effect” According to Cooper, these principles are related to the calming of the heartbeat, fall in blood pressure, and induction of feelings of euphoria and comfort.

Want to “test drive” this wonderful blend of music and science yourself? Just click play on the screen below!

Happy relaxation –  and meditation.