You guys have this figured out by now, right?
Everything has to do with spirituality. Spirituality–in my book–is not separate from the ordinary physical material mundane world. It dances with it. It provides perspective. But there’s no dividing line where we can say something is spiritual and something is not.
So what does today’s wood floor sanding and finishing have to do with spirituality? The worker (whose name is Jim) should be arriving imminently. He’ll cordon off our kitchen with lots of plastic. To better keep massive dust out of our little house in the woods.
I’m heading to the basement to get out of his way and socially distance. Not quite sure how long this little adventure will take so Ms. Computer and Missy iPad are joining in the fun. Barry says I shouldn’t dust the basement until after the sanding, so there’s not much more cleaning to do on our walkout level.
Have you looked at the photos of our house? Almost the entire kitchen has been moved, scooted, relocated to our main living room. The stove sits by the circular staircase. The table overlooks the deck. Our rolltop desk–which Barry crafted for me in college–rests at odd angles near the bedroom and closet doors. Our entire kitchen countertop decorates the desk behind the computer.
It’s really a mess, but an interesting mess. To see one’s furniture rearranged for the short term. To be able to fully clean under the stove and desk.
Jim just called–he won’t be here until almost 10. He couldn’t find us on Google. I gave explicit instructions. He should be able to discover us. Fingers crossed.
But you are still wondering: what does floor sanding and finishing have to do with spirituality?
If you look at our house from one stance you could say “what a mess”. It’s a true perspective. Nothing’s neat and tidy and in its proper spot. But it’s possible to shift our frame of reference and look at it from a more holistic level. From this larger point of view you see that the mess is temporary. It’s a deep-down cleaning and repairing mission that will eventually bring more order and beauty and enjoyment. You are seeing not only the current situation but also the potential of what’s happening.
Spirituality is often about shifting inner attitudes and positions from a very limited perspective into a wider knowing. It’s about cultivating the quiet inner witness that can see the larger picture. It’s about relaxing into being solely focused on one limited jigsaw puzzle piece–or softening the gaze upon the whole interconnected puzzle.
Much of the time–when we suffer–we’re focused on that singular puzzle piece. We’re fixated on our immediate needs, our beliefs, our emotions. We’re dead-set immersed in the spinning story of our thoughts. We’re trapped into trying to use the mind to fix our seemingly broken situation.
Spirituality is like an eagle flapping upwards from a large pine tree. Up, up, up she flies. Until she sees the panorama view of the entire landscape. Ahhh, it’s not just about the hungry belly and the fish flopping in the lake. It’s about ALL of this. The eagle sees for miles.
It’s like when our plane soars up above the gray clouds and sunlight breaks out everywhere. The sun always shone–we simply didn’t realize it from our perspective on earth.
What shifts our perspective beyond the immediate pain and suffering of the human realm? Sometimes this seems an impossible task. But the tools of meditation, prayer, silence, listening to music, dancing, walking in nature, connecting with the heart, reading inspirational words–all these can shift us from the cage of a limited perspective.
The witness of what’s appearing can sometimes merge with our now-softened hearts and we can see beyond the quicksand of our fear or confusion.
This is not an easy effortless task for most of us. We lose ourselves in suffering; we catch glimpses of peace/Holy/God/Spirit/Higher Self. But I believe it’s a practice worth cultivating, don’t you?
Day 41 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.