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In the animated series Avatar, there is an episode in which Aang and his friends meet a waterbending master from the Foggy Swamp Tribe called Huu, who tells them:

Under The Banyan Tree Huu Avatar“I reached enlightenment right here under the banyan grove tree. I hear it callin’ me, just like you did. See this whole swamp is actually just one tree spread out over miles… branches, spread and sink and take root and then spread some more – one big living organism, just like the entire world.

You think you’re any different from me? Or your friends? Or this tree? If you listen hard enough you can hear every living thing breathing together, you can feel everything growing. We’re all livin’ together, even if most folks don’t act like it. We all have the same roots, and we are all branches of the same tree.”

That is actually how I feel about everything and everyone around me. At the end of my last yoga class, our teacher gave us a little deck of cards to choose one from, which would be a personal message from the universe. I smiled when I read my message. It was one word: Freedom.

Sometimes it’s so sad: there are so many little signs, methods, practices, and ways of thinking that can help people, but most don’t know of them. It’s a way of life that has been unlearned over the history of mankind, generation after generation. Maybe that’s why so many people are lost. But I do have hope for our future. Many people are seeking truth, and yearning for ‘something’ they know they need even though they don’t know how to find it, or what ‘it’ is. They’re looking, which is enough for now.

I’ve always asked questions, always wondered and worried about the things I didn’t know and was always afraid because I could not understand the strange emptiness I felt sometimes. But, like I said, I’ve always been looking and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made over the years. It makes the future seem mysterious and exciting and vast!

I honestly wish the same for everyone – after all, we are all connected, in ways we are yet to understand, and what affects one, affects all.

STAY UPFUL