That circle, it is.

No matter what comes along, there we are. Standing right smack dab in the center of it. That’s how our lives go.

It could be the glorious act of picking out a dozen donuts in the sugary-sweet lobby of the Dunkin’ Donut. Some other minute, it might be getting caught in an icy cold downpour on the way up from the lake. Maybe we are sitting across the table from a loved one, discussing the important decision we have to make about the rambunctious kitten. Or the results from the doctor’s office.

There we are though. In the center of the very world around us. But it isn’t just any space. It is our sacred space. It is where everything that happens to us, happens. Right there, in that little circle around us. And everything that comes in to that little circle, our little circumference, travels great distances to find us. It is there, existing as it does, to teach us exactly what we need to know, in that minute.

That is important stuff. It doesn’t matter if we are standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, mouth agape, staring at a bowl of potato salad, or whether we are sitting in the concert hall listening, watching Madam Butterfly. There it is. There we are.

And most of the time, we don’t notice.

Not enough. Our minds are a flurry of activity and noise. And we aren’t really seeing the things that are coming, and going, right there in our sacred space. Our true awareness.

For me, its a reminder. The time to breathe. And see.

Most of the time, it travels past, and I wonder, what that might have been.

Each person does see the world in a different way. There is not a single, unifying, objective truth. We’re all limited by our perspective. — Siri Hustvedt

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. — Aristotle

Many people in this world are still so identified with every thought that arises in their head. There is not the slightest space of awareness there.  — Eckhart Tolle