(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

Your hand is different from your foot, but each are parts of you. They are different, but not separate from you.

A leaf is different from the bark, but both are parts of a tree and not separate from it.

To see things as different is a useful skill. Discernment illuminates.

To hold that things are separate has risk – creating bias is one. To see something (or someone) as separate has the risk that you are simply projecting your own ‘truths’ and when it (they) don’t fit, then it (they) are somehow separate.

Coaching Point: What would it be like for you if you could see with clear differentiation, but hold that everything is part of something?

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