Science shows how each of us are both unique and connected in similarity to other individuals and the universe. This awareness can have profound implications for how you choose to live your life.
“You are the snowflake in human form,” says Deepak Chopra in day six of a guided meditation program now in progress. His introduction draws the comparison between people and snowflakes, both of which are made up of the same basic materials but both of which are unique.
Snowflakes, despite their abundance, are believed to be unique once the crystals they’re made up of reach the complexity that we commonly call “snowflake.” See the California Institute of Technologies explanation of why this is, and follow links on the site for some beautiful pictures of snowflakes and ideas for how you can have educational fun with snow and ice.
Compare the few elements that make up a snowflake to the breakdown of the 60 “ingredients” in the human body, described by their estimated value on the commercial market. The potential for variation in how these elements combine, from a scientific standpoint, mean that no two people are exactly alike on a physical level. The breakdown also shows we’re also all alike and connected to each other and the universe. The same carbon that’s in you is in your best friend and your worst enemy. The water that is part of your body is the water that freezes into snowflakes.
Feeling isolated? You are made up of the same basic ingredients as every human who has ever lived. You are connected on an elemental level to the snow and the sun, the food you eat and the pencil you write with. Feelings of isolation come from the perception of solitude, from forgetting similarities and connections.
Wondering if you have anything to contribute? Remember that your specific combination of “ingredients,” from electrons to experiences, has never existed prior to you and will never again repeat. Your brain is in charge of this collection of matter and energy. What will you do with it?
Singularly, snowflakes shine with beauty. Brought together, unique snowflakes can become an igloo or an avalanche. What choices will you, the living snowflake, make for your existence?