Janet Solyntjes: on Interconnectedness

I came across this snippet in Tricycle Magazine . It’s from a 2015 conference called “Wisdom Rising”.

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and Adjunct Professor at Naropa University. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, and a teacher of MBSR, she leads mindfulness retreats in the U.S. and internationally and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living. Learn more at the Centre for Courageous Living

Is it true that we are interconnected? And if it is, what are the implications?

Based on your conditioning, and what books, talks, and ideas you’ve encountered, you may have ready-made answers to these questions.

And so, a further question: On what level do you know these truths — today, right now?

It’s one thing to hold a view on the level of intellect, or concept. And it’s another to experience something like interconnectedness as a living reality.

In the short video,  Janet Solyntjes guides us in a contemplative meditation on interconnectedness. Taking the time to hold a concept in our heart-mind, allowing it to open into a personal experience — a personal knowing — is how we evolve spiritually.