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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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Sensing Other’s Thoughts & Feelings

I recently had a new experience. I had a brief awareness of another person’s thoughts and feelings. Over the last several years, I have become more sensitive to my surroundings. Life has been more intense and my moods stronger. Certain people and situations tend to bring out specific attitudes and emotions within me. I have always wondered whether it was their vibe I was feeling or my own. Ultimately I decided it just didn’t matter. In either case I act the same. I choose to behave in the most loving way and I choose to be with whatever feelings arise in me. My best guess was that the vibe was shared. Those people and situations irritated me because deep down they reminded me of a part of myself which I have not yet reconciled.

A recent experience helped me to clarify this question. During this event, instead of wondering where the vibe was coming from, I instantly knew that it was another person’s. This instant knowing was not based on a process of deduction. But, when I did analyze the situation, it supported my instant intuition. For example, the situation occurred at a time in which my mind was very peaceful and quiet. I was very connected with my surroundings and open for God. I was sitting in a train, in this wakeful yet meditative state when a young woman walked by me. There was nothing about her behaviors that drew my attention. She looked like any other passenger. I did not find her appearance necessarily attractive nor did our eyes meet. Yet, the moment she walked by I was impacted by a strong sexual energy in my lower body. There was also a brief flurry of sexual imagery that filled my mind. I felt no sense of identification with those thoughts or feelings. In that open, relaxed state this energy just passed right through me. The thoughts and feelings were gone as quickly as they appeared. I immediately realized that she was full of suppressed sexual energy and fantasies. I had sensed it. I occasionally have my own sexual energy and thoughts, but it was very clear to me on later reflection that this was a totally different experience.

I am grateful for this experience. Even though this capability did not last, I know that the potential exists within me. I can also see how this capability will help me alleviate the suffering of others. The open and peaceful state that allowed this to happen was the result of 24/7 holistic efforts in my life to improve the quality of my love. I can see how what I do at work, at home, during travel and recreation all impacts my ability to help people when the opportunity arises. This experience has motivated me to be even more firm and gentle on my spiritual path of love. God bless.

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