Some of the wisest life lessons that I have learned came from little kids and friends. This week was no exception. It is not an overstatement to say the past two months had been a whirlwind of experiences on a personal level, but very much so on national or international levels for each one of us. Some of the wisdom I learned this week came from Jan in Australia when she shared about a tragedy that happened the previous week in Melbourne when a raging man drove down the main street, targeting pedestrians whose lives were cut short; among them a 3-month old baby. The grief of the families left behind to deal with this senseless act. Jan also shared her intention for 2017: to focus on her spiritual practice, wanting her life less cluttered in order to deal with the suffering around us.
The day after Jan’s email I met with an 11-year old boy who I have already introduced to mindfulness and meditation practice before. What transpired since the previous contact was that he was abused by an older sibling (fortunately he spoke up immediately and his adoptive mom already stepped in with protective measures). The amazing part of his story was that what he did in the mean time until we saw again. He created for himself a ‘happy place’ in the woods on the property of his adoptive grandparents with whom he has a very good relationship. It is sheltered and there he goes to sit and write his thoughts in his journal and meditate. Nature makes him happy, the sheltered area in the woods is his ‘safe space’ and there he can connect with himself and the universe before he is ready to face the world again.
Based on what I learned from Jan and this remarkable young boy this week, the past two days was a time for to visit my ‘happy place’ as often as possible. Be still, in meditation. Where is your ‘happy place’ and how can we encourage you to spend enough time there? What if 2017 would be the year you choose to spend with people who have your spiritual growth at heart? Would it help to make declutter a way of living where we take moments to share from the heart, but at the same time connect in a Mindful, Abundant, Resilient, life-giving Synergy manner with like-minded and like-hearted people from around the world?