Union and Perception

It’s amazing that we find ways to live in this world all together when we live in so many versions of reality. On a basic level, is my “yellow” the same as yours? Is that color “peach” or “pink”- this has been a matter for debate in our household.

Last night I read Matthieu Ricard’s words, in The Quantum and the Lotus, “According to Buddhism, time and space are just concepts created by our perception of the world, and have no existence apart from our perception.” Perception. Sit “here” with that idea for “awhile.”

Are my perceptions of time and space the same as yours? And Who is perceiving?

I avoided much commentary, in my previous post, about the quotations about healing and serving. It’s still brewing in me…. And they sort of speak for themselves; I’m just trying to decide how I feel about it. Whether I truly embody it or could.

When I was in school, I used to construct academic papers around an outline of compelling statements from other sources. Sometimes there’s not much more to be said. Sometimes I was too lazy to think for myself. Sometimes the concepts were too vast or important for facile interpretation.

In this case, I find myself right in the middle of the mix with wholeness and healing, the union of self and other. Easy to say, hard to do. Lots of others have gone there in trying to describe this in words. It’s one thing to talk about it. Other times, it happens. We live it. We connect with what Thich Nhat Hanh calls “inter-being.”

Contemplate how we breathe the same air; how what we eat becomes us (this pear is about to be me) and then becomes soil, fish, plant once again; how I find myself singing the song lyrics you posted online yesterday. I never tire of those contemplations.

And I think it’s another level to live fully inside the embodied experience of knowing this union, this yoga. To feel ourselves as one and act from that in how we are with ourselves, with other beings (ourselves), and with the earth (ourselves). Can we imagine, can we enact, being that knowing?

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