The whole of the universe lives within each atom
Which in turn gives rise to the whole of existence
Of which I am a part
I am the universe
--Coffee shop philosophy, E=MC(WHAT?)
These last few lines of a poem I wrote capture the essence of today's thought. We tend to forget that we are only a part of the larger ecosystem of the earth and of the entire universe. It's all connected and we are a part of whatever "it" is. True connection, kindness, compassion and love all come from understanding this simple, yet profound way of looking at the world and the universe we are a small part of. If we are all connected to this amazing web of existence then what how we interact with it all has a profound effect on everyone and everything, including ourselves.