A multitude of phenomena is present in our life, just as we ourselves are present in many different phenomena. We are life, and life is limitless. Perhaps one can say that we are only alive when we live the life of the world, and so live the sufferings and joys of others. The suffering of others is our own suffering, and the happiness of others is our own happiness. If our life has no limits, the assembly of the five aggregates (skandhas) that makes up our self also has no limits. The impermanent character of the universe, the successes and failures of life, can no longer manipulate us. When you have seen the reality of interdependence and entered deeply into its reality, nothing can oppress you any longer.
From Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, page 94