A meditation on interconnection, with Sharon Salzberg

Okay, so let’s sit comfortably, as
comfortably as you can. You can close your eyes or not, however you feel most at
ease. We’ll start… Actually why don’t we start
with my favorite reflection of all, which is: Let’s see who comes to mind if you
consider for a moment who all has been in any way involved in your being here
in this room right now or watching this online. However you may be experiencing
this. Because nobody was walking down Amsterdam Avenue and saw a bunch of
people coming in here and thought, “I’ll come in too!” Right? We’re all here because
somebody told us about their meditation practice, or they gave us a book, or they
read us a poem. We’re here because of conversations we’ve had, people who have
reached out to help us, people we have reached out to help. We’re here because
of relationships, encounters, connection. So, who all comes to mind? This moment is actually like a
confluence of all that interaction, all those connections, as is every moment. We
might feel so alone and so apart, but the truth is our lives are embedded in this
greater fabric. So, who comes to mind? It’s like, who did you bring with you? Sometimes I do this reflection and I think
about the Board of Regents of the State of New York which gave me a scholarship,
which was how I was able to go to college.
And I went to India on a college program, which is how I learned meditation.
Because they’re part of why I’m sitting here right now. And sometimes I do this
reflection and I think about those people whose actions have really, really
hurt me, not just the ones I felt annoyed at. You know? But those times
where I thought, “I’m really at an edge and I’ve got to find something different,
or I won’t be free.” They’re a part of why I’m here right now too. That’s the true
context of our lives every moment. And within that context we place our
attention on our breath, that movement of air which is linking us. Let it be
the vehicle for our really uniting with ourselves in this moment.

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