“To a mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders.” ~ Lao Tzu
I came across this most wonderful image this morning, a comparison of the Universe and our brains.
And, as is the case with most things in my life and world, this one single image seemed to come at ‘just the very right moment.’
And as I looked it over, and thought for just the shortest of whiles—I felt my whole heart begin to smile.
I had felt just the smallest bit shut off from this world, in an awfully ‘disconnected’ sort of way—the result of losing myself in a panic filled, and life altering moment that had occurred a little earlier last week.
My body one night decided it had most certainly had enough—and in just the span of a few short breaths, my whole world went black as I fell nearly lifeless to a most unwelcoming floor.
It was just right then…that I felt much as if my body had been ripped from my soul.
I spent the next few days in this state of feeling ‘off’—as if my whole world was sitting just right there beyond a smudged-up lens. It seems, in that momentary lapse of consciousness, I felt my body break free from this world.
Sometimes life has this way of shocking us out of our ‘presence’—of causing us, at times, to feel most separate from self.
And then it happens, that something comes forward clearly to remind us that the only thing that has changed is our mind.
My Universe hasn’t changed location—it’s always been just right here (points to heart).
And now, I can’t help but to smile as I think over this irony—that in this daze of thinking my connection to this great big magnificent Universe had all but slipped away, that it had actually always been there all along.
And, it only took a moment of my body being completely still, to bring this awareness right back to me where it belonged.
So, whenever it is that you feel most separate from ‘self,’ try to be still, just long enough to remember, that..
“Everything in the universe is within you”—and all you have to do it look within.
In fact, “you are the universe—expressing itself as a human” for a little bit.
Bonus: Some Completely Random Thoughts about the Universe.
“What makes the universe so hard to comprehend is that there’s nothing to compare it with.” ~ Scott Adams
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” ~ Stephen Hawking
“Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. ~ Wayne Dyer
“The size of the universe depresses many people, but not me, I’m delighted at it” ~ Alan Watts
“Last night, I lost the world and gained the Universe.” ~C. JoyBell C.
“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit – this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” ~ Johann Von Goethe
“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~ Eden Phillpotts
“The greatest miracle is this: That stillness and vastness that enables the universe to be is not just out there in space—it is also within you.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
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Ed: Lynn Hasselberger