“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. As human beings we are going to make mistakes. Hopefully we learn from those mistakes. I practice the ideas and concepts I present in this blog, but I, like everyone else, make mistakes. I will share a recent experience.
I was going on a trip and I had a CD that was maturing on the Friday before I left. So, I called the credit union and after 20 minutes on hold, I decided to go in person on Wednesday. I met with a nice agent and told him that I wanted the money to go into my savings account when it matured. He said he took care of it and everything would be moved to savings. I checked the account online on Friday, but the money was still in the CD. I checked again on Sunday and saw that the money had moved, YAY. But, the money had not moved into my savings, but into a 12 month CD - BOO.
Once again, it is a lesson that I am not in control. My initial reaction was frustration, I was leaving early on Monday morning and couldn't go to the credit union to deal with the situation. I wanted access to my money and didn't want it tied up for another year. After being aware of my initial reaction, because as we know awareness is the key, I decided to surrender and go with the flow. There was nothing I could do on a Sunday, so I took a deep breath and let the frustration and anger go. I continued packing and doing all of the last minute things needed before the trip.
All was fine until I went to bed. I did my nightly practice of giving gratitude for things in the day and settling in for a good night's sleep. Then, that little monkey mind remembered the issue with the credit union and the anger and frustration crept back in. I don't know about you, but once my mind gets going, it goes on the warpath and I was getting madder and madder about the situation. But, then I became aware that I was spinning out of control over something little in life. I practiced present moment awareness and decided that in this moment lying snug in my bed that everything was perfect. I decided I had a choice I could be angry and upset and have a terrible night sleep prior to my vacation or I could let it go. I chose to let it go and took several slow deep breaths and did a body relaxation technique where I started with my feet and relaxed them and moved up up to my ankles and relaxed them, and the up to my calves and relaxed them, and so on. I never made it to my head as I was asleep before I got there. Making the choice to let go afforded me a good night sleep.
When we are aware, we can make conscious choices, sometimes I choose to be angry, but most times these days, I choose to let things go and go with the flow and things usually turn out fine. If it doesn't turn out fine, then I I deal with the issue then, but try not to waste too much energy living in my head before I can actually deal with situation.
I called the credit union at the airport and the new agent found one step the first agent missed and the problem was solved. So all of the anger and frustration I had was wasted energy. I wanted to share that I am human and I wish I would not have let the situation bother me at all. But it did bother me, luckily I was aware and put practices into place that minimized the level of negative energy. Hopefully, I can learn from this experience and let the next little bump in life not impact me at all.
Think of a recent minor situation that made you angry or frustrated
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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