There are times when our problems feel unique and we imagine that no one will ever understand the depth of our pain.This human incarnation brings with it both challenges and opportunities and as Buddhism offers, the concept of 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Some are beyond our control and others of our own making. Some are part of the natural flow of life, such as the death of loved ones, others are as a result of ingrained patterns of behavior. Regardless of the nature of our challenges, there is an inner knowing that we can reach beyond our fears and limitations.
This song, written and performed by ‘heritage artist’ Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco reminds me clearly that even in the midst of feeling isolated, I am never alone. Instead, together with the One who created us and those in our lives, we are All-One. How can you reach out to others, as well as the “God of your understanding” so that you are certain of the same thing?