“Our atmosphere is 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen. But whereas plants and animals can use oxygen directly out of the air, nitrogen gas has to be transformed before it can be taken out by plants and microorganisms. It’s a good reminder of an idea so important to mindfulness impermanence that is that everything is always changing in our minds our bodies and the world around us.”
What is nitrogen? How do living things on Earth, from bacteria to humans, use it? And how did it first arrive on this planet?
Learn more about the life cycle of this colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that makes up nearly four-fifths of our atmosphere. Watch this Headspace video, a helpful explainer that connects nitrogen’s critical role in nature to the changes we experience from moment to moment.
Headspace is a popular meditation and mindfulness app that creates media to help viewers find moments of calm reflection and better mental health. Among many topics, they also use these promotional shorts to educate about life-cycles and interdependencies in nature. Find more of their free media on their YouTube channel.
Related reading at NASA: New Insights Into How Earth Got Its Nitrogen.
Watch these related mindfulness videos next:
• The Mindfulness of Jellyfish
• Mindfulness animations on change, calm, and connection
• Japan’s 72 Micro-Seasons of Impermanence