Everything Coexists

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper.
Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without
trees, we cannot make paper.
The cloud is essential for the paper to exist.
If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either.
So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. “Interbeing” is a word that is not
in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefi x “Inter-” with the verb “to be,”

we have a new verb, inter- be….

Looking even more deeply, we can see ourselves in this sheet of paper too.

This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper,
it is part of our perception.
Your mind is in here and mine is also.
So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper.
We cannot point out one thing that is not here – time, space, the earth, the rain,
the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat.

Everything coexists with this sheet of paper.

– Thich Nhat Hanh


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