Small We — Big We

This Sunday I met my dear friends Kristian and Pelle at Stortorget, the big square, in the center of Malmö. I had an idea and we did a five minute embracing exercise at the square before heading to the restaurant.

  • First we focused on ourselves — ignoring everyone else.
  • Then meeting each other as a You — I see you and I am here for you.
  • Forming a circle, holding hands — recognizing that we are a group formed by all of us.
  • Embracing the circle with arms behind each other — experiencing being held by a field bigger than us.
  • Releasing the hands and keeping the field — being that field and being inside it together.

From there we could have gone further and embraced ever wider circles, but the dinner was waiting …

For me two things became more clear:

It’s not about creating anything, it’s just an awareness of what is. That’s why it’s possible to do it fast.

There’s a tremendous difference between the Small We that only is aware of the individuals in the circle and the Big We that embraces its parts and is more than the parts.

The photos below are from Stortorget in Malmö in May 2011. What relations do we create when we take photos?

2 Responses to Small We — Big We

  1. Peter Fowelin December 31, 2012 at 12:51 #

    Thank you for the short story and for the instruction. I will definitively try this meditation!

  2. Stina Deurell January 3, 2013 at 20:51 #

    Hi Peter,
    It you try it, please tell me how it went!
    I’ve tried it again together with a Norwegian guy and woman from the States, we really got the feel of the difference between Small We and Big We. The Big We is such a beautiful space.
    Big Heart,

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