Being immersed a place with lots of memories and connections with family and long-term friendships has gotten me reflecting on the difference between seeing the world through a personal lens and seeing it through a universal lens. With the personal, life becomes framed through our small circle of people that matter to us. We also tend to identify ourselves via that same circle.
But what if we pulled the lens back or took it high to a 35,000 foot view? What then? Our family and friends, our small circle enlarges and become more global and thus universal.
Being without a home base for almost a year puts this issue into a considerably sharper focus than when I was anchored by a place or a job or a group of people. My movement, my transience, my state of flux forces me to hold people, places and things loosely. My viewpoint is constantly shifting, making it impossible to ignore the temporariness of life itself.
A universal perspective sees that life is really much more than our little corner of experience. We are part of a large, global family that includes plants, animals, people and the earth herself. Our home is not a place but a state of being is love. Once we tap into that, we can feel at home anywhere with anyone.
Why limit ourselves to the personal? The universal is about the big picture and contains the big questions, the vast, the eternal, the infinite from where we all emerge. In our preoccupation with the constant distractions of the personal, we often miss life's teaching and guidance. Life's greatest gifts can sometimes be found outside our comfort zones.
I invite you to stretch and move in new rhythms, new surroundings and new circles of people. Or perhaps view your personal life with new eyes, paying attention to details you hadn't noticed before, appreciating its very existence.
It is powerful to step off the merry-go-round of daily habits and chores and tune into something greater...the vibrations of the universal hum of life in the multi-verse. Discover your place in it and experience the vastness of your journey through time and space.
Then when you come back to the personal, you might discover just how precious these moments really are. Thus, the universal, the bigness of life becomes a wisdom guide that shines a light on the deeper mystery of existence and all that dream within it.