"Love is not a matter of getting connected. It is a matter of seeing that we already ARE connected within an intricate web of relationships that extends throughout all life. It is a realization of 'no boundary' -- that we are all made of the same stuff, riding through time on the same spaceship, faced with the same problems in the world, the same hopes and fears. It is a connection at the core, that makes irrelevant skin color, age, sex, looks or money." --Anodea Judith
This is one of my all-time favorite quotes about love and it has been resonating for me this week as I ponder life, the Universe and everything.
I am obsessed right now with trying to figure it out. "It" being this life, this Universe and everything that surrounds us. How did we get here? Are we alone? What are we to do? What does it all mean? It is unfathomable and frightening, and on some level I know that I will fail because I don't think any true answers are available to us on this plane of existence. If there were, we wouldn't need to be here. (As my friend Cindy says, "If you're here, you still have work to do.")
But the other day I had a vision in meditation that I keep coming back to - and this quote speaks to that vision.
My husband and I have been watching Homeland on Showime, a show about a POW from the war in Iraq (the current one) who is rescued after being held hostage for eight years. While being held he was beaten and tortured in a manner that is hard to imagine, but I was trying. I was trying to imagine it happening to me and I was trying to connect with those around the world to whom it is happening right now.
And what I realized is, I am already connected to them. What I saw in this meditation was all of us on the planet at this moment holding hands on the outside of the Earth like cut-out paper dolls (it looked something like this), each of us connected to one another by each other. So that when you feel suddenly sad or mad or afraid for no apparent reason, what you are feeling may be something happening to someone else halfway around the world. We are that connected to each other. Made of the same stuff. With the same hopes and fears.