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Take 60 seconds of your night to step outside and look up at the stars.

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"Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch television." (Paul Hawken)

Our lives are often filled to the brim with so many activities, obligations and distractions that we can't see outside of the confines of our schedules. Sometimes it's hard to remember that the world is bigger than the systems and subsequent stresses of everyday survival, so take a minute to look up at the stars and give thanks for the very fact that you, in this moment, are fortunate enough to be here.

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Stories (7)

  • Rachel Goossen

    I found that I really appreciate the freedom to enjoy this activity. When living in the middle of Houston, I was rarely able to look up and see the stars because of ambient lighting of the city. Now that I've been gone for two months, I still feel grateful to look at the sky and actually see the stars. Absolutely love to step out and do this.

  • Mmwarner

    I dragged my boyfriend outside in the freezing cold to look at the moon before we went to bed. Was great to get some fresh air, have a laugh and make the most of the last few minutes of our day.

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    I saw saturn through my telescope on Friday. Straight up saw it. It was somewhat mindblowing - to see the literal light from something you've seen only in photos for so many years. When I came across it I couldn't believe it, when I got focus and saw the rings, it was so magical.

  • Shadrack Agaki

    We have lost the touch of our instinct as human beings, we have forgotten that heir should be time to intro inspect and do soul searching because of our schedule.

  • Rodrigo Mejia

    I remember listening to a story about an arctic explorer who felt that where elements are at their most bare--surrounded by unrelenting weather and under the influence of the landscape--we are in communion with the universe. It was said better, but the basic take is that a part of ourselves is drawn to the power of nature, interpreting our exposure to such places as somehow connecting us with the fundamental rules of a larger order. It may be a bit over-played, but I never discount the importance of leaving behind whatever anxieties are plaguing me in the working world to re-frame my perspective.

    So tonight I joined a friend and went biking into the nearby canyons. It's a nice place. The moon was stuck between the encircling canyons and we caught up after months of being apart. That's all it took to quiet the noise in my head. Whenever you can do the same, I urge you to do it. It can be as easy, as Ben suggests, as staring up at the stars, or just going out at noticing all the things that are indifferent to the chaos we create in ourselves.

  • David Corby

    Last year I participated in Professor BJ Fogg's behavioral design program named Tiny Habits, and I chose to incorporate the habit of staring at the stars for 60 seconds into my daily routine. While it seemed to be a minute adjustment during those first few days, I gradually began to realize that looking towards the vast expanse of the night sky for just that one minute grounded me with the reminder of what was truly important in life.

    "If we have never been amazed by the very fact that we exist, we are squandering the greatest fact of all." (Will Durant)