When we consider just how much of our world we manipulate with our fingers it may feel surprising that our fingers themselves don't have muscles, our powerhouses of force and motion. But the structure of the whole arm allows for muscles in the palm and forearm to lever the fingers into action. In many cases in life, we must engineer creative ways of maneuvering through and accomplishing tasks. Along with all the basic physical tools human life has relied on, the wheel, ramps, levers, hammers, screws, and pulleys, we have developed throughout history a wide range of emotional, social, and technological tools as well. What is one or more tools or adaptations that you cannot imagine living without?
Language can be hilariously strange. Share an expression, an idiom, or wording, terminology, or jargon that you find humorous.
Like everything in the universe and even the universe itself, beginnings are also perpetual movement. We may experience a beginning as state-like through our relative resting or slowing down into curiosity and newness and creativity. But the perception of stillness is, at a quantum level, made up of a multitude of smaller parts in motion. We may also experience beginnings as fleeting and scant. We may perhaps feel all too familiar with the passing of each astounding first, each happy surprise, and each welcome reset. In whatever ways the constant churning of return, rebirth, and renewal occurs for us, we may be left with a universal call to continue anyway, alongside the movement of time and space and matter. What helps you flow through the changes of beginning?
Curiosity, openness, and a willingness to not know may be some of the best antidotes to stigma that we have. How do you fight stigma?
When we were beginners we likely had a lot of help. In the very beginning we relied on it. Some or many of us may not have had the help we needed or the help that actually helped in every or even in many or most situations, which may have soured us on being open to being helped. Yet, when we were beginners we weren't at first afraid of or uncomfortable with or ashamed to have help. It was natural to be supported. We didn't know any other way. Returning to an openness to receiving, utilizing, and growing through help can and maybe must continue throughout life. What's one way that you've helped yourself be open to being helped this week?
Language may only take us so far in describing the varied ways that we actually relate with each other. In English, acquaintance, friend, lover, partner, spouse, and co-conspirator are just a few of the words that we use to describe our social connections. Other neologisms and creative mashups used to describe some connections include flirtationship, hookup, crush, triad, bromance, squish, and polycule. In other languages there are yet many more words that have no translation to English and that describe with detail and nuance even more about our global and local social realities. Yet, while there are many words to describe relationships, there may not be enough or the right words to describe every connection in our lives. When words feel inadequate, what's something you do to stay curious about your social connections?
At times, there is an energy when we begin that may be unlike any other energy. It's an energy that can motivate us to do things we may not normally do. It's an energy that can burst forth in powerful surges. It may also be an energy that changes us in fundamental ways, and it may be an energy that returns us to younger, simpler, more inspired sensations and feelings. What has brought you new energy in the past month? What was the new energy like for you?
Maybe we all and always begin with friendship. Maybe friendship is also the beginning of every relationship, every journey, and every accomplishment. Whether we're befriending ourselves, each other, the earth and plants and animals, or even observable phenomena and the unknown, we maybe are always leading first from a place of mutual trust and kindness. As social creatures, we may be wired for connection. In spirit, we may be at our highest selves when we return to amity to begin, again and again, reopened and restored in collective care. Give a shout-out to your besties, to your friends, and to anyone who lights up your heart with renewed good will.
I love you already.
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