This is a slightly edited version of Saskia Davis’ original Symptoms of Inner Peace ©1984. Saskia has been kind enough to allow me to share it with all of you on my site, which I am happy to do. You can see the original in all its original glory at her website, which is http://symptomsofinnerpeace.net!
Be on the lookout for signs of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have been filled with such peace, and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with this strange virus in an epidemic of some sort. This could pose a serious threat to what has, till now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Here are some symptoms to watch out for:
- A tendency to think and act spontaneously, without the influence of fear due to past experiences and consequences.
- A strange tendency to not over analyse the past
- A worrying ability to enjoy the present moment
- An alarming tendency to not stress about the future.
- A loss of interest in judging people
- A loss of interest in judging yourself
- A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
- Loss of inner and outer conflict
- A loss of the ability to worry (this is a serious symptom)
- Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
- Feelings of connectedness with others and nature
- Frequent attacks of smiling
- Frequent attacks of laughing with others
- An increased capacity for loving others and yourself
If you have some of the above symptoms seek a doctor’s advice immediately. If you have most of, or all of the above symptoms then it might be too late for cure. If that is the case, the best advice is to stay indoors and eliminate any contact with other humans, as your inner peace is highly contagious and could infect others. Prolonged exposure to the outside world could result in your inner peace turning into outer peace, if you know someone with some of these symptoms, remain exposed at your own risk.
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The following image will no doubt amaze and or scare you. It might make you ponder our insignificance in space, it might not, but it most probably will. It’s a gif image, so wait for it to load – by the time you’ve read this far it will already start flicking through pictures of planets and stars contained within our solar system, in order from smallest (Earth’s moon) to largest (VY Canis Majoris – 3000 million km in diameter and 4,900 light years away from our planet)
To put this into some sort of perspective:
- In one second light travels 300,000 km, which is 7 trips around Earth.
- The closest star to us that we can see in our night sky is Alpha Centuari and is 4.5 light years from Earth.
- 1 light year is 9.5 trillion kms away.
- You can fit 1 million planet Earths into our Sun.
- You can fit 1 billion Suns into VY Canis Majoris!
- A lot of these stars have planets orbiting them, just like we orbit the Sun (a star).
- It is estimated that there are as many as 50 billion planets in our galaxy, most of which are as large as Jupiter.
- There are said to be as many as 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone.
- Over 2 million galaxies have been counted, but it is estimated there could be as many as 100 million.
- The visible universe is about 15,000 million light years in size.
- If our planet is the only one in the entire universe that contains intelligent life, then we are really alone.
To view the image as a single jpg rather than an animated gif, click here.
Here’s something else that might bend your noodle – Look outside your window and take a peek at the stars, yes they don’t seem so small now do they? Since these stars are about 500 light years away (takes 500 years for their light to reach Earth and therefore be visible by our eyes) you are actually looking at space as it was 500 years ago.
Yes, you just saw the past.
When Steve Jobs died the other day Facebook was full of ‘RIP Steve Jobs’ posts, as though people really cared that he had died. Sure you wouldn’t have an iPhone if it wasn’t for him, but it’s not like you knew the guy, and people die, it’s not a huge deal. I wrote a post in response to this that was all in good fun. However; I just saw a video of a speech Steve made to a group of graduating students at Stanford University, and it revealed the humanity in the man I never knew. I still don’t know him, and I still don’t care about or mourn his death, but I still respect him as a person; for following his dreams. Rest in peace to Steve Jobs and every man and woman who has passed before and after him, and rest in peace to anyone who has died in the time I have typed this, you will all be missed by someone, somewhere.
Spring Valley Banana and Mango nectar. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Well that’s because it is. I get one of these every chance I get, and under the lid is always a ‘liddle fact’. I looked them up on the internet and found a list so I thought I’d share them with you, as some are pretty interesting! For best post satisfaction, this should be read with an ice cold bottle of mango and banana nectar, or whatever it is you like to drink. Did you know that Jupiter spins so fast that there is a new sunrise nearly every ten hours? No, of course you didn’t. But you do now! Impress your loved ones with more of these zany facts!
1: Some bamboo species grow 91cm per day.
2: Mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
3: Emus and Kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
4: Cats have over one hundred vocal cords.
5: Children grow faster in the spring.
6: You can only fold a single piece of paper in half 7 times.
7: The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime.
8: There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.
9: The longest distance flown by one bird was 26,000km, by a common tern.
10: The woodland frog is the only animal to survive after its been frozen.