'You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.'
When I think about this quote by Rumi, I instantly feel expansive. The boundaries of my body seem to disappear a bit, and I start feeling the air around me as, well, myself. This mantra reminds me of the connection between myself and everything else. We are all made of the same materials, in a quantum level, no? So what is really the difference in substance between myself and another person/animal, or even between myself and an object in front of me? If this sounds too shanti-babble for you... you can also interpret the quote as a change of perspective: your thoughts design an outlook, so turn the thoughts on their heads for a different outlook. The quote also refers to the relationship of the individual to the rest of the world: Are you a mere insignificant speck in the world? Or is the world 'your oyster?'
Clearly, the most memorable quotes are the ones with multiple meanings. So take this mantra and make it your own. 'Cause you know - you are the entire ocean in a drop...
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In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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