you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in
this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without
rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper.
The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here,
the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud
and the paper inter-are. "Interbeing" is a word that is not in the
dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefi x "Inter-" with the verb "to
be," we have a new verb, inter- be....
Looking even more
deeply, we can see ourselves in this sheet of paper too. This is not
difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, it is part
of our perception. Your mind is in here and mine is also. So we can say
that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. We cannot point
out one thing that is not here - time, space, the earth, the rain, the
minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat.
Everything coexists with this sheet of paper.
- Thich Nhat Hanh