My name is Gretchen. I love the moon. My favorite places are in Italy, particularly Florence and Amalfi. I am interested in lucid dreaming, meditation, Buddhism, spirituality, art & design, astrology, cosmology, and philosophy. I’m looking for love and light in these strange times.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
“…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 because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity.”
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Most Astounding Fact