“Spirituality lets meaning flow into daily life.” David
Spirit is here and spirit is now. As Thomas Merton said, “We are
living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the Divine
is shining through it all the time.” This means at home, at
work, in the mall, sitting under the redwoods, playing baseball
or sitting on a meditation cushion. In any moment we can wake up
and know spirit. Every situation in our life can be seen from
the limited perspective of the personality or the unlimited view
of the soul.
What if your noisy next door neighbor or the grumpy clerk at
Whole Foods were your spiritual teachers, offering lessons that
are exactly what you need? Perhaps an important spiritual lesson
for you, with regard to your neighbor, is learning how to speak
difficult truths without blame or attack. Or perhaps your lesson
is acceptance of ‘what is so.’ If you choose to live there, you
may need to accept having less of the idyllic quiet you had
hoped for. Is it possible that the nursing home where you read
stories to your aunt every Saturday is your school for
unconditional love? Could weeding in the backyard be a perfect
mindfulness practice? My daughter, Heidi, is one of my greatest
teachers. I am ever inspired by her deep spirituality and her
ability to face some difficult health challenges with wisdom and
strength. In addition to what I learn just by watching her, she
unknowingly teaches me how to let go of control and learn to be
steady and patient in the face of difficulty.
In learning to integrate the finite and the infinite, a kitchen
becomes a temple, the family photo album, a gallery of spiritual
teachers. Work becomes an arena in which to practice presence,
boundaries or respect for others. In and through these everyday
arenas, we learn to cultivate soul qualities. Conflict within
the family and the workplace becomes the rich compost for new
growth. We teach our children to be polite and they teach us to
get real, let our hair down and have more fun. Balancing the
checkbook and creating monthly spending plans are ways that we
demonstrate responsibility for our resources.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’re going to like all of our
relatives or that we’ll leap for joy when we get a jury summons
or a pay cut. We still have personalities that will naturally
struggle in the face of losses and daily frustrations. But it
does mean that we can bring a spiritual perspective to our lives
by looking for the lessons in every event and regarding each
person as a spiritual friend or teacher.
Everyday Spiritual Teachers
Choose two people in your life, one with whom you enjoy a
relatively easy relationship and another person that is more
difficult for you to deal with.
Write about each relationship in response to the following
questions with the consideration that this person is in your
life to teach you some valuable lessons.
are you learning from this person about yourself, your
are you integrating what you’re learning into your daily
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