What is distance? There is distance between you and another living organism. There is distance between yesterday and today. There is distance between one cloud in the sky and another. However, is there really separation? There is, for instance, distance between your index finger and your ring finger. However, is your index finger really something separate from your ring finger? When I was very young, I used to be an avid fisherman… until I realized that the distance of the fishing line did not contribute to any separation whatsoever. Supposedly separate countries (that are divided up upon this globe), by man-made demarcations, might not be in such friction with each other if they deeply saw the interconnection involving all. Separate islands, for example, may seem very separate until one probes deeper and perceives how (under the water surface) they actually connect and are one.
Many people were taught that they control their thoughts from a distance (or from something separate). However, the actuality of the matter is that there is no distance (or even separation) between the thinker and the thoughts (if the thinker is part of thought — is a protrusion of thought — which it is). How we perceive is often (or usually) dictated by (and shaped by) thought. Many perceive — both internally and (therefore) externally — with a learned separation that is fragmentary, erroneous, self-oriented, and rather robotic. (We are not talking about foolishly blending in and walking into walls here; we are discussing about going beyond inelegant, unevolved perceptions.) Many of us “think” that we are very modern and sophisticated; but the fact may be that we are still very barbarous, deeply primitive, and crude (with gross separation and archaic division drilled into our psyches). Look, for instance, (and read the current news) at what humans are doing in the world. We can do better.
The only distance that is significant to me right now, is my long distance relationship.
Thanks, Jessika! (Life is much more than that!)
Hi Tom, I’m still faraway from home “vacation” yet no distance at all and I still enjoy your wonderful writing, your valuable philosophical thoughts including the way you present your beautiful image😊 Thank you Tom. Enjoy your Sunday… Beth
Thank so much, Beth! Enjoy that vacation a whole lot! (That’s what vacations r 4!) 🙂
Fabulous post and photo.
Thank you, much appreciated! 🙂
yes, we can, Thomas, you are completely right. Wonderful photo, have a nice day, regards Mitza
Thanks Mitza (who is beyond merely superficial)! 🙂
I hope we both are beyond merely superficial, Thomas. Have a nice day, regards Mitza
I do agree,Tom! The image is beautiful. 🙂
Thanks Amy (who perceives deeper than most)! 🙂
Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Tom. 🙂
Great picture Tom.
Thanks, Sonya! Sometimes the backside of flowers have more going on than the front.
Great quote Tom.
Uncredible beautiful, Tom.
Thank you, Ulli! It’s from a local peaceful, wild meadow by a little, placid pond not far from where we live.
You are living at a wonderful place, Tom.
i very much agree! great post and gorgeous photo! 🙂