Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A Very Important Lesson
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I had an extraordinary and beautiful spiritual experience several days ago, and I have been waiting for the right moment to try to articulate it to you. It can be very difficult to find the right words to explain the spiritual, to put form to the formless. This is my attempt.
I was in Whole Foods (my FARMacy), as I so often am these days, and I was at the checkout counter purchasing something green, I’m sure. A young woman who has worked there for quite some time and who is obviously differently-abled in some way, mentally, emotionally, and/or intellectually, was collecting baskets from underneath the checkout counter. The individual behind me was in her way with his back turned to her, and her handicap (if that’s what you want to call it) made it difficult for her to speak up and use the social cues that you and I would often use if someone was in our way and did not hear us say, “Excuse me, sir.” Perhaps, I would have tapped him on the shoulder, but for whatever reason, this beautiful young woman didn’t.
I let him know someone was behind him, and his response in anger, without moving out of the way, was something to the effect of, “Maybe she should have tapped me. That would have been the proper thing to do.” I said nothing, walked all the way around him, reached down, picked up the baskets, whispered something sweet and delivered them to her. She took them and walked away.
My first reaction was, “How rude! She clearly did not have the ability to do what he deemed as the ‘proper thing.’” I have a special affinity for the vulnerable, oppressed, and disenfranchised populations and an immense amount of patience and love for them. Then, it hit me. I needed to love him JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE than I loved the young woman toward which his anger was directed. Happy people filled with unbounded joy and love for life do not act as that man did, and it is he who also needs my patience and love for whatever hardships he has encountered or is currently experiencing in his life. The only times I have ever been miserable to others is when I am miserable myself.
Then I asked myself, “Was this man mirroring for me how I was acting in the moment?” I came to the conclusion that he wasn’t because I wasn’t interacting with anyone. I was a bystander. What he WAS mirroring for me was THAT WHICH I WAS JUDGING in the moment. Before I took a moment to consider why he acted the way he did, I judged his actions as “wrong.” His actions weren’t wrong and he wasn’t less than, he was acting from a place of fear and not from a place of love (and haven’t we all been there?). I took the lesson, and I also took a moment to send him some light and love so that he may find peace throughout his days on this earth.
I hope that made sense.