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  • Right now I am remembering my very recent summer holiday with my 2 going on 3 year old niece, Anushka and one of the things she taught me is how all life is essentially the same. In our playtime together, she would jump on the bed holding my hands to steady herself and she would say she loves :"jumpayin' betause it titkles my tummy" (she is in the cute phase of getting her "ce/ke" mixed up with her "te" pronunciations). And she loves going on the swings in the park for the same reason. And riding in the bus on the back seat. And she loves getting scared by the tickle monster for the very same reason. She grabbed my hand as my husband decided to play the tickle monster and said: "twick... twick, lets hide". As I held her when we were both hiding under the duvet from the "Untle Sid Titkel monster", she goes: "ooohhh my tummy titkles", she could barley contain her excitement! And yet she knows its not a real monster. She simply suspends her imagination for an amount of time and lets the feelings of some outside monster coming to get her arise and plays and then its all over. Until we played some other game.

    And it struck me there is nothing outside of this universe that is not part of the universe that we know of. Even our feelings of being on the outside is a part of this universe of thoughts and feelings; actions; people of all backgrounds and perspectives all are together here. There is just a temporary shift in our focus and a suspension of our imagination. I've felt like an outsider in many situations but I am slowly realising how unreal that is. It's something we create in our mind's eye so that we can experience fully our projection of reality from a certain perspective, because at the end of the day it tickles our tummy to be who we are, creating and defining ourselves in each moment! It makes us feel alive.
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