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SHADOWS & LIGHTS

WE ARE ALL SAME

We are all afraid, of something or the other – we are all trying to hold everything together.

23 March 2014 Sunday 08:47
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

We are all afraid, of something or the other – we are all trying to hold everything together.

We are exactly like one another. This can be hard to believe, when we’re struggling with a situation that seems entirely unique and nobody seems to understand the first thing about it.

But it is always true.

Look deeper, and cosmetic differences (what jobs we do, what we look like, how much money we have) seem less and less important. Our struggles and our joys are our common ground.

Also, there are small birds.

How can small birds help us, in the face of such fear?

I will show you how.

The next time you are outside, look for (or listen out for) a bird. When you’ve found one, watch him closely.

What color is his beak?

How do his feathers catch the light?

How does he move?

To help you observe, think about what word you would use for the color of his eye.

How would you describe the texture of the skin on his ankles?

How would you describe his song?

If you can’t find a bird, choose something else.

Notice the sky.

The cold breeze.

That man across the street with his limp and his old dog.

Something. Anything…

How do you feel now?

If we can observe the details of things, and if we can allow ourselves to be influenced by what is ‘other’, then we will get to know the ‘other’ more intimately.

We will feel a kinship with this particular bird, as he forages for food in the winter. We might recognize him when he visits again.

Pausing to reflect on our favorite mug will put us into a deeper relationship with it – to wonder who designed those orange swirly petals, or where the paint came from, and to feel gratitude to whoever invented bone china to keep your tea nice and hot.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!


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