Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Waiting for coffee

Over the last few days I've been honored by others.  I've witnessed great moments of clarity in people who have started shedding layers of false selves, self doubt, unawareness and all those other little ungoodies that we tend to cling to.  They can go unnoticed for years or most of a lifetime until they melt away by an inner chemical reaction; what soda does to teeth.

There are many catalysts that exist today.  Surrounding yourself with people who are already rid of some of their layers helps in itself.  So does mindfulness, curiosity, a good mood or witnessing a stranger smile.  The other day I was waiting for my latte at Starbucks when I overheard a teacher telling her boyfriend about her day.  "I was singing a song and the kids were just sitting there, their jaws wide open.  I thought they were hating it.  When I was done, they all clapped and wanted to stay in class to hear it again!"  These moments are precious, and if you are in the presence of someone experiencing joy, it means that you bring joy to others and are a magnet for it yourself.  These moments are contagious, notice when they happen to you and you'll be privy to enjoying more of them.

Witnessing someone discover a truth about themselves is the same deal.  You know it when you see it.  There's a palpable exchange of energy in these moments and you are holding the space for them to express themselves.  You aren't just listening, you are allowing them to realize who they are.  The scope of the realization doesn't matter.  It could be something as simple as understanding they love their cat.  When you connect all the layers of yourself, mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, etc., there is a feeling of time being stopped.  The only thing that exists for that second is you.  You witness their completeness and they experience it.  It's a great big circle. 

As we all continue to shed our layers of falsity and duality we become clearer and more powerful people.  Better able to hold the space for others and allow them to do the same.  The state of affairs of this world, the natural disasters and the man-made ones are only providing more pressure on us to wake up.  It's time to take off the lampshade.  Let's notice when others are shining brightly, even if you are just waiting for coffee, and we can keep this cycle going. 

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