Work: I’m Now Available

I attended a workshop on forgiveness a few weeks ago at a Center for Spiritual Living in Florida. The presenter is a Certified Radical Forgiveness Coach.

She began the session by inviting attendees to pull a card from the center of the table, where she had a deck of cards spread out, face-down. The back side of the cards had a beautiful illustration of the Hindu God, Ganesha. This god with the elephant head is known as the remover of all obstacles. How appropriate for a workshop on forgiveness.

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The card I pulled was Work, which made me smile. I laughed a little after reading the first line, “I’m now available to receive all who can benefit from my work.” How appropriate for me to have chosen that card. Only a day earlier I was told by a spiritual practitioner that I was exactly where I needed to be – that the company I work for chose me for my unique skills and talents. She also said that I was there to serve a greater good as much as I was there to collect a paycheck.

I’m now available to receive all who can benefit from my work.

God’s been stalking me to recognize that when I’ve “followed my heart” to take on a new role in life, it’s not always about me and what my heart desires. That belief might’ve gotten me to places I’ve been, jobs I’ve worked and relationships I’ve had, but in the end, it’s really about listening to the God within guiding me for the good of the Universe, the Whole.

I’m now available to serve.

Entanglement of the Passion Flower

I spent time with a friend on a project to untangle vines and re-route them to grow and climb on the lattice he had erected recently. This project had been going on for days, maybe even weeks and was exhausting him physically and mentally. Although I was wiped out at the time, I knew that spending time on this would be good for me. I’d be helping a friend while taking my mind off the cause of my own distress.

A wall had been created by the vines twisting and winding around each other. Picking a sprig and tracing it back to find an end tendril was how we started to untangle them. Once found, we began the careful process of unwinding and threading it through knots, some of what looked like braided ropes. This required patience, focus and often a gentle touch. Some of the vines were young, green and growing quickly after the recent rain, in whatever direction was available, while others were mature with thick, hearty stems that appeared to be keystones for the development of the wall we were dismantling.

Once found, we began the careful process of unwinding and threading it through knots, some of what looked like braided ropes. This required patience, focus and often a gentle touch.

Just an hour of my time seemed to give my friend a little relief from the project that was overwhelming him. Sometimes all it takes is a little help from a friend who’s not emotionally (or financially) invested in the project. “Fresh eyes” on the project can at times see what needs to be done – whether it’s disentangling vines, pulling out the dead ones or recognizing the need to clip some.

As we did this job together and redirected the branches to grow around the lattice, we were able to expose the beautiful passion flowers hidden within the vine wall.

Is this an allegory or is there a metaphor for me? Maybe.

Slow Everything Down

A lesson we learned from my baby granddaughter: when you are scared, uncomfortable and/or traumatized, slow everything down. Close your eyes. Slow down your breathing and heart rate. Stop moving.

Close your eyes. Slow down your breathing and heart rate. Stop moving.

Don’t let what’s happening to and around you take you off course. Keep your breath shallow long enough to notice that all eyes are probably upon you.

Open your eyes. Has everyone slowed down with you? If so, get back on course with your breathing and heart rate. Receive nourishment and resume living, business as usual. Others will follow.

The Journey Revisited

“God’s Stalking Me” began as a piece of writing created over 10 years ago after experiencing a series of challenging life events. I felt I was being watched and guided in every moment, every situation – that I was being “stalked” in order to make the changes needed to create the life my heart desired.

Change your thinking, change your life. —Ernest Holmes

After years of wandering, traveling and living a nomadic-style life, I returned to Florida where I found a spiritual center that feels like home to me. Again I felt I was being watched and that this time I was being guided to write about it. So begins the journey, again.