Saturday night, I attended a talk with an internationally-renown teacher of spiritual philosophy. Widely-recognized for her profound knowledge of both Buddhism and Christian mysticism, she brings a modern voice to ancient wisdom in the form of lectures, retreats, partnership teachings, corporate events, and yoga teacher trainings around the world.
During the course of the evening, we paused at several points for a variety of meditations, specific to “Finding Your Calling”, as that was the theme of the discussion.
You are at a later stage in your life. You have your health and happiness, but physically, you are much, much older. Picture yourself, in a room, of a house, that is yours and that you created. It is your favorite room, and there are pictures of your loved ones on the wall. You feel a sense of complete ease and contentment. Feel that.
Then, people begin coming into the room that you are in. They are there to celebrate your 100th birthday. Now, there are three people that raise their glasses for a toast to you. What do these three people say? Think in your mind what each person says. When you have the words in your mind, write them down.
I will share what my three thoughts of each toast were from my loved ones. Interestingly enough, I didn’t specify who the three people were. As a side note, my friend that came to the talk with me, did specify, and I pondered the notion of perception, and how we all perceive things differently. I just thought of the words that all three people might say to me at my 100th birthday party, not specifically who they were.
1. Thank you for your love.
2. Thank you for your unconditional support.
3. Thank you for always being there.
Now, in hindsight, if I had specified who the three people were, I think that 1. would be my spouse, 2. would be my best-friend, and 3. would be a family member.
Then, we were asked to underline any patterns that we saw in the three toasts. I underlined ‘unconditional’ and ‘for always being there’ . To me, this illustrated a certain level of acceptance of others… when you are unconditional – that is a feeling of unrequited love and support. When you are ‘always there’, that, too, illustrates a level of understanding and standing by one’s side. To take it to the next level, the theme or pattern that came to mind while I was participating in this exercise was acceptance of others. While offering unconditional support and always being there, I have illustrated in my life the ability to be there for people and unconditionally support them, which in my eyes is the highest form of acceptance. Baffling, in a way, yet completely apropos at this current time in my life, as this is what I have been meditating on and trying so wholeheartedly to practice.
Overall, the talk left me with plenty of food for thought. I left feeling full, in the best of all ways.