And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we’re apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
Thank you Hoagy Carmichael.
Every atom in your body is billions of years old. Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe and a major feature of your body, was produced in the big bang 13.7 billion years ago. Heavier atoms such as carbon and oxygen were forged in stars between 7 billion and 12 billion years ago, and blasted across space when the stars exploded. Some of these explosions were so powerful that they also produced the elements heavier than iron, which stars can’t construct. This means that the components of your body are truly ancient: you are stardust.
It is wonderful to consider the physical nature of our being, as well as the spiritual. We are ancient. No wonder most of us have such a love affair with the stars in the sky. It is home and who we are. Gazing at the Milky Way Galaxy on a dark night gives me shivers. It makes me feel what E.T. felt when he was left behind. We are recent inhabitants of our wonderful blue space craft Earth. However, atoms that are a part of us are part of our gorgeous planet as well. I believe we feel that connection too. That is why it is so important for us to care for this sacred place. It is us!
Neil Diamond wrote:
Turn on your heart light
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see
When we realize who we are and what we are, we begin to glow inside. And when we all turn on our heart lights, we may even light up like Tinkerbell! Remember….phone home! From my ancient heart to yours, Thomas