Everything is everything- that's been one of the lessons here. And although our practices haven't specifically touched on it they don't have to because of that. Because in everything- every element, every person, every experience, every moment- there is life. A universal life force that energizes everything.
We are all connected- on a cellular level. Whether we know it or not, whether we notice it or not. My breath is the same breath that fills the lungs of all living things- even the trees, the plants, the ocean breathes. My movement comes from the same energy that every life system uses- nutrients in, energy out. My manifestation is the same. My body feeds off the sunlight the same as everything in this world- all of it dependent on the life-giving light. The same water molecules fill my body as those that make the waves of the ocean undulate.
There is no difference, not really. When we consider the smallest, simplest components we are all made of the same things. Not just the four elements- but that fifth element, the one the scholars talk about. It's in us, in all things, all life the same.
We don't have to search for it, we don't have to toil to reach nirvana, we don't have to try and strive and push and struggle to try to achieve it- it's already in us. Just breathe- it's there. Just listen to your heart beat- it's there. Just sweat- it's there. Just feel and hear and feel and smell and see- it's there, it's there, it's there. Not separate, always connected.
We are all made of the same things. We are all connected.