“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
One could utilize any number of the meditative tools that we’ve been working with for the last several months in order to support the becoming of what they “ought to be” and simultaneously support the becoming of what others “ought to be.” This is the concept of interconnectedness; and it is, indeed, the structure of reality. We are designed to connect: to the moment, the ourselves, to others, to emotions, to the earth, to ideas and concepts. For instance, try a smile. At very least, synapses in the brain are connecting and releasing positive neurotransmitters. Try noticing flow as you move through your day. Grace is the result of flowing with the interrelatedness of experiences. Soften and open to another’s words in conversation; linger and receive before you respond. Soften and open to your emotions; release negativity through gratitude and appreciation. Pause, enjoy an interlude, and connect to your surroundings.
Yes, all of the words in italics are steps of the Practice of Living Awareness. Now, factor in asana (alignment with your inner and outer reality), mind (access to awareness), luminous perception (awareness of potential unfolding) and you have landed squarely on your ground of being… ready to connect. It’s all there is: interrelation and interconnectivity.