Are we connected?

This mornings meditation led me to my greatest awareness yet of our connectedness to each other.
Just imagine the person who you feel the most love for in your life. Imagine embracing them tenderly with all of your love. There is a powerful feeling of connectedness in this moment for any of us.
Now imagine that same person simply sitting on the couch right next to you. Do you feel less connected? Has your love diminished in any way because they are inches away from you? Now imagine that person traveled to a country on the other side of the World. What do you feel; connected or disconnected?
Isn’t your love for them just as powerful regardless of the distance between you!
Now what if this same individual has died? Their physical presence is still only separated from yours, so why would your connectedness and love be diminished in any way?

This person that you have in your mind could be a Spouse, child, baby, Parent or friend. Can you ask yourself if there are any other persons that feel a similar connection and love for that person. And when you observe that, can you see that you are connected to those individuals also? And how many others are connected to those people as well?

A video that I watched today by Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger, thanks to Vimala Bhikkhuni, spoke about the reality of no-self. The actual scientific proof! The Professor explains that it is like we are wearing a virtual reality headset, but it is inside our brains. We see everything as me and mine, when this is actually an illusion.
And though I realize this is an extremely difficult understanding for most of us, I also see it as the truth in the reality of our connectedness. Separateness is in fact the greatest illusion and most self-based concept that we indulge ourselves in.

The truth, I believe, is that there is absolutely no separation between any of us; between any living being, between life and death, this realm or any other. One could go so deep as to see that this breath is not mine, it is only one intimate example of our shared connectedness. What could possibly be closer than this breath.

May you be well, happy and peaceful.