Suffering or Safety

Are you Suffering or are you Safe?

‘Isolated’ and ‘Insulated’ – in English – share the same origin: the Latin word ‘Insula’ (island).

Essentially they are the same word.

One suggests excluding an individual from their surroundings.The other suggests protecting an individual from threat.One is about keeping the individual safe. The other about keeping the system or community safe.


When you find yourself without connections, as all of us sometimes do, are you isolated or insulated?

When you are denied a connection you want, or you being punished or protected?

Often it is both, but how you experience it depends on the perspective you choose.

When people break connection with you, perhaps they also remove threat. Instead of experiencing isolation, you can relish a time of safety and retreat.

Sometimes you are so concerned to avoid threat, you run away from connection.

Sometimes you isolate, sometimes insulate.

Sometimes you are isolated, sometimes insulated.

How you choose to see it will define your experience.

This is not to deny reality, but to understand that reality is both what exists and how we respond to it.