Two distinct ways of seeing our world. I read an amazing book each day called “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo. He spoke of this duality this week. I thought of so many ways in which we get caught up in thinking “this is mine”; for many it is validating our lives through how many possessions we have. Mostly I ponder the delusion of possessing this beautiful blue planet that so many of us in the Western world have, as if we really could.
Although we claim to be so advanced in this part of the world, I cannot help but marvel at indigenous people who live in less “civilized” parts of our world that have a greater understanding of belonging. They understand we are all connected and interdependent on each other and our environment.
The first statement “this is mine” feels contracting to me, and the second “I belong to this” feels expansive. Whenever I get caught up in my own delusions of possessions I remind myself how in truth we own nothing, we are only stewards to everything.
When I walk on the land where I live, I often speak to the trees and wildlife. No I do not hear anything in return but I am comforted somehow by the thought that I am a part of this beauty around me. Whenever life gets frustrating I sometimes simply go to the beach and walk until I feel relieved of my burdens. This morning was one of those days where the ocean welcomed me as I walked along the shore letting the waves wash away my tension. This always helps me gain a much-needed different perspective. Yes I belong to this! We all belong.
When we feel like we belong we understand instinctively that we need to take care of nature and each other. On the other hand if we are living the illusion that it belongs to us than we no longer have to take responsibility for the future of our planet or for each other. Then we become an “I” society and what we need more of is a “we” community. In my training we were given two simple words to look at. I found these words to be profound. They give us a clue that can be a wakeup call to all of us.
“I”llness or “we”llness.
It is not the act of acquiring that is wrong but the delusion that we need these things to belong.
What can you do this week to connect with nature, to get grounded in the healing energy of belonging?