You are part of the worlds symphony
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein
This quote was part of a meditation I took part in recently, and it came at a time where even though I felt connection with others, there was still a level of holding back there. Holding back because of my own ideas of what was appropriate at that time and a level of self-preservation and defensiveness. Little did I know that holding back was futile in a space of kindness, love, non-judgement and acceptance, created by all the people present and before long I experienced freedom. The freedom to let emotion flow unhindered. To be kind to myself for doing so. And to find my way back to equilibrium again, because after all, emotion is just energy in motion.
What I noticed from this experience was that whatever we do, whatever we feel, even just by being on this earth, breathing, living and being, we are part of the worlds symphony. Sometimes, like in all musical numbers, there is a clash, where instruments are out of tune, where pieces of the song have been forgotten, beats missed, and where the heart just doesn’t seem to be in it. For all those times, there are also times where the musicians nail it, they are all in tune, in time, in the flow of both the music and with each other. Where, if one misses a beat, the others all hold the space strongly so they can find their way back in line. Perhaps, all of us, in living and being, are just playing our part in the worlds symphony.
So when we feel like sitting a song out and retreating from the limelight, remember the symphony will still play on. Because of your presence, you, will never be ‘sitting out’ of any musical number, you may just be playing a different part. Each part, large or small, or all those in between, are important, as the music we hear would not be the same without each part. So how can we open ourselves up to that connection with others? By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, to be kind, accepting and non-judgmental, not only to ourselves, but to others as well.
We can perhaps start with:
Noticing our emotions – when an emotion arises, notice it, accept it, allow it to flow through by letting it go.
Trusting – that whatever unfolds is all just part of the musical number at play at this time.
Non-judgment – being aware that our judgments may be a way for us to see where our instrument may need tuning.
Kindness – perhaps try expressing gratitude and appreciation daily for whatever notes have been played, for whatever transpired, and for whomever played their part.
Connection – perhaps take the lead by allowing true, unhindered connection and vulnerability wherever you can and be curious as to whether any feelings of defensiveness are due to safety or pride.
From what I have seen and experienced, living our lives unhindered, is a goal for many. Perhaps it is just up to us to get out of our own way, and allow ourselves to flow with the world’s symphony.
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As published in The Inspired Guide Issue #16