Another paradox is our relationship to one another. We all conceive of ourselves as if we were entirely separate from one another. We inhabit separate bodies, with separate minds, each of us a discrete, unique human being. At the same time, none of us could exist separately. We were brought into this world through another human being, our mother, and our lives have depended fundamentally on our connections to others. We are never really separate at all, just occupying time and space in different ways, each of us living together, sometimes in unison, sometimes in conflict. Spirituality asks us to hold each of these positions as equally valid and precious. We are each unique beings, with unique lives, desiring to express the truth of who we are, however we might define that for ourselves. At the same time, we are never separate, never disconnected, even when we appear to be in isolation. We only exist in and through each other.
Finally, we are all different, with different identities, preferences, languages, histories, and hopes and dreams. Yet we are all the same. We all share the same core issues and desires of wanting to belong and feel loved, to believe that we are worthy and to feel that we can be our true selves. We all share the same desire to live an authentic life and to love and be loved. We occupy different bodies, with unique faces and identities, but we all share the desire to become the fullest expression of who we believe ourselves to be. The word spiritual captures that ineffable sense that, at the core, we are all the same notwithstanding our many differences in appearance or ways of expressing ourselves. Spirituality teaches us to embrace our differences as the expression of our common humanity.