Since coming into the Gathering Spot and saying Hello, I have spent most of my free time, reading the forums, getting a feel for the unique personalities and the vast amount of information made available through these posts. I have found some wonderful gems, indeed. (Both in information – and personalities!)
One of the areas that I keep looking for is the sharing of personal, day to day, experiences that integrate all this knowledge and learning into our daily lives. I wonder how others take this information and incorporate it into their lives.
Many times I think we become “repeaters”. We simply repeat and pass on great information….. and then it fades. (“Hey, this is a great book… lots of good information in it that really makes sense.” “Yes, I read it. I agree. Great stuff.” Followed by a short discussion on some content or key points. Then conversation ends or changes topic. .... Fade to black.)
I am curious how others take this spiritual information and transfer it into the everyday life experience. Can you provide a small example of how you do this? By sharing with me, the examples of how you have integrated your spiritual learning, I might find myself in the same situation, become present, and follow your example.
There seems to be a separation within my day to day life regarding my spirituality. It seems that going to work - and what happens during those hours - is the part of me that goes through the same old motions. Not much room for spirituality there, so it gets pushed to the back corner. After work is done, I expand into the larger area of who I am. Breathing deeply again and moving with purpose. An inner part of me longs to live this way – throughout my whole day. Something inside knows that I cannot carry on with this split for very much longer. So I look to you… walking on this path with me…. Who understand what I just explained……To show and share how you are integrating your spirituality into your life.
Today I had an ordinary event happen, that I was able to consciously step into with my spiritual awareness. The reward was immense. I would like to share this with you.
I received a sales call from a company I currently have internet and phone service with. They were trying to sell their cable TV service to me. Usually I tend to be a little short with telemarketing calls. The call started out with her asking me how I was doing. I replied, “Good, and how are you?” There was a pause and then she replied, “Good – Thank you for asking.” I noticed a slight misstep in her script as she responded to my question. I think in that moment I became present and stepped into the deeper understanding that there was a person… with a heart…. On the other end of the phone. Yes, she was doing a job that seemed irritating to me, but she was still a person…. With a heart. She began her next lines, nervous and faltering a bit and then the line went dead. I don’t know why I kept the phone to my ear but I did. After about 15 seconds, she came back on the phone with a question, “Are you still there?” I replied, “Yes.” She apologized and told me that she had accidently disconnected her cord. She proceeded into her next lines, and then called me sir. She paused; noticed her error, stumbled and apologizing again repeated the sentence and used the word ma’am. I could sense her embarrassment and nervousness. I wondered if perhaps she had just started the job. I listened as she got her footing again and started reading her script. She read fast and didn’t leave any pauses for me to interrupt and say, “No thank you.” So I relaxed and listened. When she finished her script and paused for my reply, I said with a smile, “You did really good!” She giggled and said, “thank you.” Then I replied that I did not have a TV due to personal choice, so adding cable to my current service really wouldn’t be something that I was interested in. She thanked me and ended the call. At that point I realized how much better this new response of mine felt than other times when I was short, would just hang up, or become agitated at being disturbed with another sales pitch. I had new understanding of how I could use every situation to open more into a heart based response with others.
When I first heard about “living in the heart” or similar teachings about actions and love from the heart I thought it was just about being nice to others. Well, that was easy; I think I have tended to be a nice person in this life and treat others well. In diving deeper into my heart, and opening to divine guidance I am finding that there is a deeper level than “nice”. Nice becomes combined with sincerity, with Love, with relaxing, with openness, and with vulnerability.
I would appreciate if you would share your normal, ordinary, daily experiences, and how you have incorporated your unique love and inspiration into them.
With much gratitude,