If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud
floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be
no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees,
we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to
exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here
either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are.
"Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but
if we combine the prefix "inter" with the verb "to be", we have a
new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have paper, so we
can say that the cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are.
If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can
see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest
cannot grow. In fact nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without
sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet
of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue
to look we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to
the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We
know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and
therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet
of paper. And the logger's father and mother are in it too. When
we look in this way we see that without all of these things, this
sheet of paper cannot exist.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh