Individuality and Compassionate Connection

Time and conscious experience of spaciousness give us perspective, an opportunity to become observers of our “self”. We tend to think to think our self is unchanging despite the fact that change is the only constant. We deceive ourselves by believing there is a set in stone “me” when that’s not so.

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We are all changing based on circumstances and our responses to them and our thoughts about them. We are all subtly interconnected to all other matter in the observable universe and perhaps beyond.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

Impermanence

The universe is in a constant state of flux and both within our bodies and without we are in a constant state of flux.

The cells in our bodies and our mind are constantly being replaced.  We may have an internal biological clock programmed to age. Some researchers believe each type of cell, tissue and organ is like a clock that ticks at its own pace. Some cells, such as white blood cells, live for only a matter of hours while other cells can live throughout the duration of the lifespan of the individual.

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We are born, we grow up, we grow older and we die. The transition involves biological and psychological changes as well as changes in social roles, careers, attitudes, opinions and actions. As we move through different phases, places and spaces, the thoughts we think and emotions we feel are continually replaced with new ones.

I am not the same me I was when I was born nor the self I was in years past, nor are you.  We are constantly becoming — we are born and reborn every second in a sea of time and space.

 

I Can Only Be Me – Eva Cassidy

Butterflies begin
From having been another
As a child is born, from being in a mother’s womb
But how many times have you wished you were some other
than someone who you really are
Yeah who’s to say that if all were uncovered
You will like what you see
You can only be you
Cause I can only be me

Flowers cannot bloom
Until it is their season
As we would not be there
Unless it was our destiny
But how many times have you wished to be in spaces
Time places than what you were
Yeah who’s to say that unfamiliar places
You could anymore be loving you that you see
You can only be you
Cause I can only be me.

Spaciousness, Compassion and Connection

As I age I need time and space to be alone, to find myself in solitude, before I can give myself  to another in a deeper relationship.  When I don’t speak to fill the silent space, I become mindful – aware of the moment, my environment and my companions. Spaciousness provides the time to consider the value and timeliness of anything I may feel prompted to say. And, when I  do speak, my words are much more likely to reflect compassionate connection.