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In the One is the All
My sweet friends,
As you snuggle in with this month's newsie (as we loving call it at Heart), I offer first the brilliance of Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hanh to shed light on this month's wisdom set: In the One is the All. In the One is the All is another way of saying that all is interconnected, deeply unified. Thich Naht Hanh himself coined a new word for this universal truth, "interbeing". Enjoy his poetry below.
If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in a sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are.
"Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix "inter" with the verb "to be" we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have paper, so we can say that the cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. In fact nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And so, we know that that sunshine is also in the sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in the sheet of paper. And the logger's father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way we see that without all of these things, the sheet of paper cannot exist.
One of the most powerful transmissions or learnings of inter-being that I had experienced was during my time at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Our retreat included lay people, monks and nuns intermixed and practicing together. Yes, there was sitting and chanting as one might expect, but there was also deep sharing, listening and gazing. We forget how profound it is to really connect with another human being. We forget how profoundly we can sink into inter-being, inter-feeling, inter-knowing, inter-humaning, together just by offering time and space. When was the last time that you simply sat and listened to someone with your whole being, without a single interruption? When was the last time someone gifted this to you? When was the last time you looked so deeply into someone's eyes that you could relax your whole being into that familiar and loving space? Perhaps some of you cannot answer any of those questions (and I would invite you to Heart). By the end of my time there I had sat with every single person for a long time and I left feeling so whole, present, and deeply held. No matter the walk of life, the choices, the seeming same or difference, we were each other, every last one of us. There was one person there that my heart struggled with and as I sat one quiet day in the library, with my hand on my heart, I quickly saw that the "cloud is in each paper". During these times, slow down and really look. Slow down and feel. Place your hand on your heart and remember your belonging to every last person that you should meet. Spend more time in the places and spaces that create friction in your body, your breath, your heart. Spend more time in the places and spaces that easily breathe you into remembering that you are the sun, the moon, the stars, the universe and beyond. Breathe and be.
We practice all month long, together.
With all the heart,
Meg and Team Heart
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November 2020: In the One is The All
October 2020: Ready, Set, Rest
September 2020: Attract Beauty Today, Create Tomorrow and blogging by the sangha
August 2020: Refuge in One and blogging by the sangha
July 2020: Awaken Your Voice and blogging by Meg Lucks
June 2020: The Spirit of Sangha and blogging by Brenna Kempf
April 2020: The Next Buddha is Sangha
March 2020: You and I Are Essentially Infinite Choice- Makers and blogging bits by Heather Kolvenbach
November 2019: We are All Royalty by Roy Grant
March 2019: Living Your Highest Truth by Meg Lucks
February 2019: Out of Love, Our Path Can Lead us to Serve
January 2019: True Belonging is the Spiritual Practice of believing in and belonging to yourself...