A colleague recently mentioned how stressed he was and how much he wanted to learn meditation because he had heard it would help with stress management. And that conversation got me thinking about how often we look outside for answers. On the one hand, I know that we are Truth, we are Light, we are Love. I know that simply connecting with breath may be all that I need to find peace and connection with spirit. And yet I also know that I sometimes forget or lose my way and it is through the guidance of teachers that I find my way back to my own knowing. I guess it’s about being open to both the possibility of finding our way in to experiencing the divine on our own and recognizing that, sometimes, finding the teacher guides along the way is the path through which we come to connect with and experience the divine.
I love this reminder from Jack Kornfield as to how there are many different ways in which we may awaken to spirit. In After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, he writes “We can go to India or Jerusalem – and some of the most magical stories…might have us believe that this is the way a spiritual life must begin. But it also begins in a moment of gardening, in the simple act of returning home after a voyage and seeing it fresh, in the touch of an inspired piece of music, a poem’s song, the flight of a bird. Every pair of eyes we look into can become the eyes of the Beloved.”