“Driving Miss Daisy”
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We are the driver of the vehicle in which we exist. Like in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” the spirit of God sits in the backseat and anxiously asks where you’re going to take me today? I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me. I can’t wait to see the world and life, through your eyes, through your perspective, through your guided tour.
When I look at it this way, it makes me sit up a little straighter in the driver’s seat. How can I not become excited myself to see life in return through the eyes of my inner spirit.
I can see this as an opportunity to show all the wonders and beauty of life as I experience or mindlessly drive along forgetting about passenger I’m driving for in the first place.
I can ask the spirit what do you want to see today? Then in a mindful meditative way allow that knowing to lead the way.
I can get up and route out a map and plan of where I want to take the spirit, but then I’m taking charge as I get caught up in the work of it rather than the spontaneity of our experience together. Then I’d be looking in the rearview mirror wondering after all my efforts where my passenger got to. Feeling the loss of of the spirit I’d have to pull over try to figure out what went wrong. Once I get out of my own way I can see the spirit coming forward leaning its arms on the back of the front seat saying, “let’s just see where life takes us today. With each place we go let’s look for the good, joy and beauty even in the most desolate of places. Let’s bring a sign of hope and place it in the ground where it’s needed, and let’s experience it together as one.”
“Onward Connie, I can’t wait to see what you see, to experience what you feel, and to watch your own excitement along the way, and as for the rest of it we’ll figure it out as we go.
The definition of diversity means variety or very different. Everything in the universe is different even within their own categories. For instance when you look up in the sky at night you see all kinds of stars, each is different in shape and size, but they’re still stars. Flowers are my favorite example here. There are all kinds with many different shapes, sizes, fragrance, and colors. Put a few together and what do you have? A beautiful bouquet of different flowers. How boring it would be if there was only one kind to pick from. God created our world of many different things and it is nature that teaches us that being who and what we are is enough in itself. It doesn’t fight over which one is the best it just enjoys being what it is, giving to the world what it has to give, and sharing in the wealth of its combined efforts.
Variety is the spice of life, and it is we humans who get to enjoy all of God’s creations and what they have to offer. Yet we cannot see what nature has to teach us about the diversity we have within our own humankind. How wonderful it would be to put our diversity together like flowers. I think it would make a beautiful bouquet of humankind. Don’t you!
“Evelyn Underhill said we spend our lives “conjugating three verbs: to want, to have and to do. Craving, clutching and fussing on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual — even on the religious plane — we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to be: and that Being — not wanting, having and doing — is the essence of a spiritual life.”
Sometimes life thrust us into situations where the wanting, having and doing don’t really matter because you can’t do anything anyway. All there is exist in simple being. That’s the way these past few weeks have been for me as I recover from my surgery. I can sit and dream about all the things I want, I can pile up all the things I have around me, but I can’t find the clarity, energy or strength to do anything. I am living right now. Each day that goes by is a day I’ll never get back. So I can do one of two things: sit and dream about someday or be in the now. To be or not to be, really does become the question for me. If I want this day to have meaning, than letting go of what I can’t do anyway brings me face to face with me, myself and I. What do I do now? I am nothing without going deeper within. That is where the real meaning of being is found. It is a place where I am able to connect with all that makes me whole and complete. It is home and the words slip from my lips, “Here I am Lord.”
In my reading today it was about the joy of words. It strikes me as a worthy subject to write about because of the passion I have for words.
Words allow us to find a way to bring our thoughts out of our minds. The word is expressed in our own creation. God thought first about what he wanted to create. Then that thought came forth expressed in a word, and that word became flesh. We are made in the same image and likeness as our creator. So we have the same ability to create in the small the same way as God creates in the big.
Our words allow us to communicate with our fellow humans as well as God’s other creations. Even plants are known to react positively to our words. Words don’t even have to be heard or spoken they can be understood through sign language, writing, reading and even through our actions as well as our senses. Wow! As I write this I’m discovering the vastness of words I never looked at before. Isn’t it amazing how something we’ve done all our life can be taken for granted. We don’t even realize the power our own words hold within them.
Just like all the tools we have to use in life. A hammer can be used to build things or destroy them. Our thoughts must find a way out of our minds, they want to create. So what we focus on, believe and entertain will find a way out, and when we open the gate to our mouth the words they express will come flying out. They will create something positive, good and life giving, or negative, bad and destructives. We’ve been given a great gift. We should keep a watchful guard at the gate of our mouth making sure we don’t let any words out that don’t express who we really are. Our words are a mirror reflection of the life we create for ourselves. It’s kind of creepy if you think about it, because it gives others the opportunity to read our minds.
Today is a good day all things considered. I owe it to God who is always whispering in my ear the things I need to hear. I am grateful to God of course, but also to myself for turning down the volume on my troubled chatter long enough to hear Him. I’m also grateful for my friends, family and fellow bloggers who are always inspiring me in one way or the other. There is gratitude all around us if we take the time to look beyond the negative. I see more things to be grateful for then that which tends to pull me down. It’s truly the best medicine, and it’s not even something I have to swallow it’s already inside me. All I have to do is tap into it.
Learning everything there is to know.
A therapy fable from an unknown author
Once upon a time, a woman moved to a cave in the mountains to study with a guru. She wanted, she said, to learn everything there was to know. The guru supplied her with stacks of books and left her alone so she could study. Every morning, the guru returned to the cave to monitor the woman’s progress. In his hand, he carried a heavy wooden cane. Each morning, he asked her the same question: “Have you learned everything there is to know yet?” Each morning, her answer was the same. “No,” she said, “I haven’t.” The guru would then strike her with his cane.
This scenario repeated itself for months. One day the guru entered the cave, asked the same question, heard the same answer, and raised his cane to hit her in the same way, but the women grabbed the cane from the guru, stopping his assault in midair.
Relieved to end the daily battering but fearing reprisal, the women looked up at the guru. To her surprise, the guru smiled. “Congratulations,” he said, “you have graduated. You now know everything you need to know.”
“How’s that? “The woman asked.
“You have learned that you will never learn everything there is to know,” he replied. “And you have learned how to stop the pain.
‘The subject of my daily reading is “Seek Justice.” It starts with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Justice is defined as “a moral principle determining just conduct.” It’s an innate quality we all have. It’s a matter of getting past the pressures of the society we live in and the influence it has upon us. We can tap into this quality of just conduct that allows us to be good, kind and loving to one another. Our guideline is the Golden Rule. The law of reciprocity. To treat others in the same way that we would like to be treated. If it is done from the heart, it is the most altruistic act you can practice. There can be nothing productive in division. That’s what we do when we believe that we’re better because of the color of our skin, the religion we practice, the politics we choose to follow. We are a world of unique differences, it’s true. Haven’t you ever wondered why God created us all so different? Maybe, just maybe he designed us so differently that we might leave our unique mark upon the world for the greater good.
I know what it feels like to live within a culture of different people as I was thrust into it at the age of 14 and lived as a minority for a year. I was unjustly treated because the color of my skin. I lived in fear at first of what I said or did that could trigger conflict. As time went on though I eventually blended in, because the bottom line was that none of us wanted to be where we were. We were all in the same boat for the same reason, and so it was our unfortunate circumstance that broke the divide between us. We don’t share each other’s history or experiences. So there would never be a way of coming to common ground with either of the injustices our cultures bred upon us. The only place we can start is from where we are today. This is our opportunity as human beings to transform these adverse circumstances into opportunities that create a better good for all. I believe that our differences should add to the equation, not divide us.
Prayer is important, but action must come right alongside it. I guess this is the time to be looking deep inside ourselves, to see what it is that we have to offer. If we don’t add what we were created to contribute, then what we have to offer will never come to be because there will never be another you or me. While we’ve been going through life wanting to feel special we’ve been looking everywhere except within ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty awesome.
You know us women are a smart species. We are intuitively skilled with the ability to care and love for others. We are sensitive, beautiful and full of emotion. However, as I grow older I see this ability in men that allows them to let things roll off their shoulders so much easier than us. I wish I’d learned early on in my years how much emotional grief it could have saved if I’d seen the value in it. I would have had less emotional breakdowns, unnecessary sadness, and misunderstandings going on in my life. Which in the end would have left more time to enjoy life. I know I can’t believe I’m saying it myself, but maybe being a little bit more like a man when it comes to the grudges we hold onto might not be such a bad thing.
Men, they can have it out with each other, hurt feelings, even punch each other in nose and if not the next day then at least within the week forget all about it, and have a beer with each other. Maybe it’s because they face it right on, and get it out of their system. I don’t know. I’m certainly not advocating getting in a fist fight with each other or even having to take it to the level of always getting in arguments. We can handle things with all the wonderful intuitive loving emotional gifts we have, and if we don’t get anywhere, then let it go it’s not worth the heavy unforgiving grief we hold onto for years.
Bottom line, men can learn as much form women as we can from them. That is what the yin and yang are all about the blending of the two, and as we become centered the balance of understanding begins to come into view.
There is much to be said about the effect our thoughts have on every cell our body. So it’s important to pay attention to what we’re feeding it. We would never think to feed our bodies something toxic especially if we knew it would make us sick. Feeding our body healthy food gives us the energy we need to live a healthy life. Our thoughts are the same way if we feed it with negative thoughts. It has the same toxic effect on us. If our mind, and our body are unhealthy then it clogs the energy field in which our spirit flows through. So it’s good to give our mind and body a clean sweep once in a while. Getting rid of all the dead and unproductive cells makes room for new heathier ones to reproduce and heal.
Think of the power our prayers would have if would clear the way for the spirit to flow thorough our cells the way they were designed to be.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The things I write about in my post intertwine with my own journey in life. Because of our unique individual personality’s our experience is different. I’m trying to find my way, like everyone else. Yet what I find along the way will be sieved through my own unique strainer. What’s left will be mine to know, figure out or build upon. I share to inspire, encourage, and to give hope. Sometimes I show my humanness because we need to know we’re not alone in our struggles. Sometimes I get my humanness out of the way, and the spirit speaks through me. In both cases there’s a division going on in me, and I believe if the spirit is here having a human experience then our goal is to find that unity to work as one. That oneness is what I call my true self. It’s not difficult to be there if we can hold ourselves together, but once our humanness steps out of line we’re off to earth school to learn some more lessens on how to deepen this marriage of spirit and human. Together the spirit experiences what it’s like to be human. In turn the human gets to see beyond the veil of his worldly limitation through the eyes of the Spirit. What a wondrous journey it’s become. I never know what will be waiting around each corner, but I know if I’m walking my path as my true self I can face anything because I’m not alone.