Spiritual practice is the capacity to offer your love even when you feel hurt, closed down, tense, angry, misunderstood or hated. ~ David Deida
This quote sure feels true to me. Life is always testing us, mirroring to us what we are made of. Are we constructed with an ability to be human and divine? Can our human nature feel what it feels and can we rise to the occasion and love in spite of it, or with it?
This is what spiritual practice does for us. It strengthens our hearts capacity to love while moving our ego out of the way. It is a potent daily practice to choose to surrender to the moments as they are, respond to them if necessary, and then let go and surrender into our true expansive nature.
In the many years…decades really, of my own spiritual practice, I’ve consistently come to these moments of choice. Each time I choose to let go of my need to be right or my need to control, I expand into that yummy surrender place that feels so great. Making this choice over and over has grown my capacity to love.
We all have these choice points. What aspect of us is going to show up?
Our ego’s arrogance or our heart’s openness?
Our judgment or our compassion?
Our personal importance or our humility?
Our expansive nature or our contraction into fear?
Our righteousness or our forgiveness?
Just the other day I heard Doug say to people on our India journey how he hated it when I used to say to him ‘get over it’. While I don’t do that anymore…and I’m happy to say that he has an increased ability to ‘get over it’ on his own, I do know we are given these moments of choice over and over again. What aspect of us is going to show up?
What I do know is that it Works to:
GET OFF IT ~ GET OVER IT ~ AND CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!
MAKE THIS CHOICE CONSISTENTLY AND EXPERIENCE YOUR LOVE GROWING AND YOUR EGO GETTING A GOOD REST.
Choice points for our heart and ego present themselves everyday. Through spiritual practice we strengthen our character and expand our hearts capacity to keep taking the high road, even in the most difficult of circumstances. We remove the obstacle of our ego’s agenda, so we enjoy more peace and happiness.
The above image of Ganesha, the elephant God, symbolizes the removal of obstacles. He is considered to be the Lord of Doorways, creating openings for new life.
If ONE obstacle could be removed from your life right now, what might that be?
What might you open to when this obstacle is removed?
If you send me your response to these questions, I’d love to put your intention on our Ganesha altar