“You are that” or “that you are”–Tat Tvam Asi–a Sanskrit “great saying” or pronouncement from the Hindu Upanishads. Each one of us is unique; it is our connection to one another. Together, we are whole.
Oneness never diminishes the individual but honors the unique space each of us occupies. We mirror the world for one another; looking is how we recognize ourselves.
This is at that moment in time for our country when we are collectively looking
in the mirror and with furrowed brow asking this question, who are we?
(Senator Kamala Harris, the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017).
Traits we so readily recognize in others are in us, too. No matter what label we give them.
If we shift our focus to what connects us— that we hold a mirror for one another— imagine the possibilities.
We are at a moment, a global moment, when we are looking in the mirror and asking who are we and who do we want to be.
To look is fraught with risk but as William James said, “it is only by risking ourselves from one hour to another that we live at all.”
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