Hello and welcome to Friday, October 8, 2021. Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
Supporting the wisdom of shared existence, my teacher, John Bruna, states a whimsical yet profound truth, “You are not in traffic, you are traffic!”
Though we may intuitively know that we are but one among a crowd, many of us tend to live as if “there’s me and then there’s everyone else.” If we didn’t think this way, we wouldn’t call home and say that “I’m going to be late for dinner because I’m stuck in traffic.” You are the traffic. If we were more consciously aware of our interconnectedness, we would instead say something like, “There are many of us on the highway tonight, so I’ll likely be home late for dinner.”
Primarily in the west, there is a strong sense of I, me, and mine. We tend to place a lot of emphasis on individual identity and ownership. Though there are more than three hundred million people living in the United States, we often hear something to the effect of, “I am an American and I have rights.” If we were more we-c