If we can learn to make the mind still, it will be the greatest help to the world. - Ajahn Chah
When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Transform Your Life
My first thought about this xkcd comic is summed up in the quotes above. Through the practice of yoga or meditation we learn to discipline and relax the mind, which is the only way to true peace.
But the fourth and final frame of the comic keeps coming back to me. It’s because they’re not talking. Even though both recognize how they are stuck in their own internal worlds, neither person reaches out to the other one.
Opening our hearts and connecting with others can be such a beautiful thing. It takes a bit of courage to overcome the natural vulnerability that arises, but it’s totally worth it. Don’t hold back, don’t wait, and definitely don’t run away.
Trust in your heart; trust in love.