Never not connected; not really

Published 10:53 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sometimes my Kindle mysteriously loses its connection to the Internet. One minute I am reading emails and then pouff, it’s gone. I get aggravated because I know while I may not have the highest speed connection, the signal should not be gone.

The message usually says I’m not in range, which means I am too far from the source of the signal connecting me to the Internet. That is when I walk down the hall toward the room where my router sits patiently pulling stuff out of the air and into my computer.

Before I reach the door, I see I am no longer disconnected. Five bars on the Kindle screen tell me the signal is back. My aggravation evaporates when I know my connection is strong again.

This morning when my Kindle lost its way, I was finishing a book about connections of a different kind. It was a yoga book; well it was really about life as much as the physical practice of yoga.

I read the final words in the book.

“We have believed we are separate long enough. If we can endure the challenge of that experience, we certainly have the capacity to love, to trust, to see God everywhere. We can truly connect to each other, to God and to ourselves as God. Therein lies the practice.”

It was after reading this I noticed the little icon showing me the strength of my internet signal was gone. And, there was that message, “not in range.”

“Ah, I think there is another message here,” I whispered, walking to the router room. “How often do I lose my connection to source?”

That got me to contemplating what message might be trying to get through to me. My thinking went like this.

So, when my Kindle loses its connection, it doesn’t mean the source of that connection is gone. The Internet hasn’t disappeared. It’s still there waiting and ready for my electronic device to connect to it.

Likewise, my Kindle hasn’t lost it ability to connect to the Internet. It is simply too far from the source of the signal to find that connection. There is no big thing that needs fixing. I only need to move the device closer to the connecting source and it comes through fine.

“Wow, how much is this like life?” I thought. “Isn’t this what the book was trying to tell me about the experience of union with the divine, which is really what yoga is anyway?”

Those times when I feel separated and maybe alone — is that real or have I simply lost my connection? Am I like my Kindle, too far (or feeling too far) from the source to pick up the signal?

That source, whether folks call it God, the divine, the universe or the other hundreds of names humans come up with, is there. It doesn’t disappear because I don’t feel the connection.

And I never lose the ability to feel that connection. Oh, I may get too busy, too “in this world” to feel it. Still, I am not separated from that source even when I think otherwise.

The interesting difference between my little Kindle and me is that I don’t have to go anywhere to reconnect. I am never “out of range. “ That is the thought that came to me as I walked down the hall to get closer to the source of my internet signal.

No, if I feel separated, alone, disconnected, I don’t need to change locations or search outside of myself. The wonder of divine connection, of being one with that amazing creative source is that it is always “on” and it is inside of me. I have the source and the ability to receive the signal right where I am standing. I have five bars every second, all the time. I only have to be still and know, be still and receive.

Now that is what I call a dependable high-speed connection.