Set Adrift on Memory Bliss: Rediscovering Inspire Space Park in Second Life

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Unburied. Unburdened. Unwound and unbound. As the last of my boxed-up bounty was rezzed, unpacked, and organized within my inventory, I audibly exhaled with gratitude and relief.

My first month back on the grid has been an orgy of discovering and delighting in the overwhelming generosity of Second Life’s designers, and the amount of free and gifted parcels I had quickly amassed was amazing and not a little bit daunting. But with persistence and many hours spent semi-naked in sandboxes (you’re welcome, fellow homeless wanderers), my inventory has at last been sorted – for the moment, at least! So where would my first journey take me? I had soothed my desire to clothe myself with style; now it was time to soothe my soul.

A few weeks ago, perhaps inspired by the SS Galaxy’s impending retirement, a thread was woven at the SLUniverse Forums wherein members waxed poetic about their favorite sims and builds of SL past. I piped in with my recollection of a space-themed sim where one could listen to lush, ambient music and lose themselves in digital meditation. I presumed that the place was long gone, having not visited there for many years, but quick came the reply: “I believe you’re thinking of Inspire Space Park.” Oh my stars, I thought to myself, in wonder. It still exists.

Inspire Space Park
Inspire Space Park (please click for full-sized images)

Inspire Space Park is one of those beautifully unique Second Life destinations that are compelling just by virtue of their presence. I virtually never remember to turn on media streaming, but it’s one of the first things I did when I rezzed out of orbit, and immediately I was lulled into a meditative groove with chilled, evocative music that recalls the best of SomaFM‘s ambient and downtempo stations all rolled into one.

Inspire Space Park 02

ISP’s Facebook page offers a welcoming glimpse at the impressive longevity of the sim, now in its 8th year of operations – a tremendous accomplishment! Created by Virtual Life Media, their inspiration for the sim was “to set in place a 100% cosmic chillspace merging sight and sound to foster appreciation for relaxation, contemplation, and conversation.”

Inspire Space Park’s landing area is rimmed with teleports and landmarks for sims within the Virtual Life family, as well as complimentary locations and experiences. Visitors may also click on curiously-named pose balls ike “Orbital Spin” or the two-person “Orbital Embrace”, which immediately whisks riders off on a guided cosmic orbit. Couples may opt to share a dreamy “Moondance” off on lofted platform, while those with relaxation in mind are welcome to sit on any number of meditation cushions or practice the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Set adrift on memory bliss …

After availing myself of a glorious space ride (I remember this feature from all those years ago; it never fails to give me chills), I took the Level 2 teleport and found myself in a dreamy cosmic garden with glowing flora and gleaming fauna. I walked along a floating pathway to a trippy planetary light show, where no one could see in but I could view the fullness of the cosmos all around me. Then, back in the garden, I nestled myself gratefully into a relaxing pose and spent the next hour camming around in delighted bliss, my newly upgraded computer (a birthday gift with impeccable timing) offering me the best views of this lovely place that I’ve ever known.

Inspire Space Park is vintage Second Life at its best, a place I recommend that all new and veteran residents alike pay a visit to (or many!) And don’t be surprised if you peek into the distant abyss and find me lounging in repose as I’m off in another window writing a blog post or catching up on Flickr – my new favorite pastime. Worry not if you send a hello and I’m slow to respond; time moves at a different pace here in my spacey abode, and that’s quite alright by me. I could bliss out like this forever. ♥

Inspire Space Park
Region Rating: Moderate
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shinda/32/224/1560

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4 thoughts on “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss: Rediscovering Inspire Space Park in Second Life

    readmeri said:
    June 4, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I don’t know anybody who has been around for a good while who hadn’t got sweet memories of this place. It used to be ‘the’ place to end a date night, wrapped in each other’s arms, orbiting the stars. I’ve been back a few times since and it brought back the wonder of those early days of SL.

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      June 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Yes! So many memories, such a cool place that can be either cozy and romantic or full of lovely solitude, depending on your mood. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy it there as much as I do, Meri!

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    Raznay Decosta said:
    June 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Another place I never knew existed! Thank you Ever for showing me even more wondrous places and writing about them so beautifully I have the urge to drop everything and sit there to write, work and unwind!

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    Becky said:
    June 5, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I’ve not written many location posts, but if I did, I’d want them to read like this one :) You’ve done a fantastic job of bringing back personal memories of a place that for some perhaps may seem a tad out of date, but still has the power to inspire our imaginations. Well done!

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