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May I Understand Why People Don’t Understand




May i understand why people don’t understand.
And why is there such a disconnect in people’s minds
between them and all other things?
They look with (and “as”) sep
each from a center that never was a true center
and that never will be a true center…
like bubbles floating in a glass of milk
each thinking that they are separate from
the milkiness.  



Beyond Separation … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019


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  1. Appreciated the bubbles-in-milk metaphor.

    “One must be most patient with those that do not understand you. Remember, their ways are as important to them as yours are to you.”
    – Chow Zen Master Chuy

    Seek peace,



  2. This one’s a keeper – to remind me that those who think I’m surely mistaken in my views are in fact simply tangled up in their own views (tendrils).
    What plant is this? Fantastic image!


  3. I think of many indigenous peoples’ view “all my relations.” I will try to sit still and look and think these thoughts as I observe my surroundings. Whoops! There’s that separateness again! 🙂


  4. Those tender tendrils look so delicate, like curling ribbon Tom. I remember when I was a kid, we did not go out to eat much, but when we did my parents would order milk for me and I got a straw (yay, never got a straw at home) and I’d blow bubbles in my milk with it – I always got “the look” for doing that. I thought of you this morning as I was walking home and the mushrooms I’ve been monitoring on someone’s front yard had finally opened and they looked like spotted umbrellas.


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