Meditation for Martian Intimacy
presented at Decolonizing Mars Unconference
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Think now, and go slow. Whatever you choose will be the first of its kind.
This text was presented as a guided meditation at the Decolonizing Mars Unconference, hosted by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The meditation narrated moments of Mars’ geological and atmospheric history, ending with a sensory visualization of waking up to your body on Mars’ surface, and of becoming ready for movement.
Within the context of decolonization of Martian exploration, the
meditation takes on the challenges of physical and perceptual distance that
arise when we regard Mars from Earth. These distances can strengthen a
colonialist mindset of regarding Mars as a body without
intrinsic rights to existence that must be respected and taken into account,
but instead as something to be drilled into, tested, extracted from, and
eventually settled. The meditation aims to evoke in participants a felt sense
of the presence of Mars, to provide a space for reflection on the impact of
their own presence on Martian terrain, and to emphasize the importance of
centering Mars’ own beinghood in our interactions with this planet.
Excerpts from Meditation for Martian Intimacy
Audio recording from Mars’ surface played during the meditation