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Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual Guidance

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Spiritual guidance can also come internally in the form of a thought, idea, intuition or dream. We may suddenly have an insight that helps us in our life. We may find ourselves in the right situation or saying just the right thing at the right time to help another, augmenting our own sense of usefulness. We may have a dream that shows us a positive side of ourselves we have long forgotten. We may experience a reconciliation with someone in a dream and hence see that such is possible for the same in real life. We may feel drawn to go somewhere at a certain time, not fully understanding why, only later to see the purpose. This type of internal guidance tends to pop up when our mind is free. If we are absorbed in ourselves and our problems, there is no space for such spiritual guidance. To predispose ourselves to this, we need to learn to create space for it. We create space internally, through practices which train us to focus our attention inwardly. We create space externally, by setting aside time and energy solely for spiritual purposes.

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Seamless Solutions of Love

I love it when a problem is solved effortlessly. I have a growing faith in the ability of love to solve problems in such a way. I wanted to share a small, but meaningful experience here. It has to do with a compost pile that I manage at my home away from home. I spend 11 days every month out of town working. I have an apartment there, which I have made into my second home.

At that apartment, I was throwing away all of my organic fruit and veggie scraps, because I had no personal yard space for a compost pile. To me this was a real problem. 🙂 I love to garden and keep house plants. Well made compost is priceless. It keeps my plants healthy and happy. I know how valuable those food scraps are, and it hurt me every time I would toss them in the trash. My “solution of love” actually has two parts:

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My Apartment & Plants

The first part happened about one year ago, while walking to work. I suddenly noticed an area where the hospital disposed of landscaping waste. I saw that there was room on the side for me to start a little compost pile AND there were tons of dried leaves already sitting there. Dry leaves + kitchen scraps + time = great compost. I had everything I needed to make good dirt, right next to my apartment. My problem was solved, just by me stopping and noticing the resources around me.

This little operation was successful until this fall. One day on my walk to work, I noticed that the whole area had been bulldozed over. My little compost pile was gone and so too were all the leaves! This is where part 2 of the my solution comes in. My initial inner reaction, was basically to pout about the turn of events. I was a little bit angry at whoever had done that. I noticed that anger and made a conscious effort to stop the mental blaming, but allow the energy that was activated in me to be felt. Every morning I would go through this inner procedure, because walking by the area would bring it all up again. I figured I would have to discard my kitchen waste again. However, I decided to save it until the last day, in case a solution presented itself. And it did! On the last night I was in town, I noticed one of the neighbors had raked up all of her leaves and was getting ready to burn the pile. I also noticed a vacant lot, right across the street. I asked for and was granted permission to move the pile of leaves across the street for my newest compost pile. This compost pile was an upgrade! The leaves have zero trash in them, the pile was closer to my apartment and the location was less likely to be disturbed.

The funny thing is, if I had been self absorbed with the predicament of losing the old compost pile, I may have never been observant enough to notice the solution that was right in front of my nose. This may have been a small “solution of love”, but I know the procedure works the same regardless of the size of the problem. I am sure there are many other solutions, right in front of my nose. I wish all a growing inner strength, so that “letting go” comes easier and solutions happen more seamlessly.

God Bless,

Roger

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The Nature Path to Work

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