by Christine M. Tracy
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
This is among the most beloved and widely circulated quotations from the Jesuit scholar, mystic, and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Most of us have it backward! We think we have to surrender our humanity to be spiritual, and so we begin the lifelong quest to satiate our inner soul-sickness while the solution is breathtakingly simple—live your day-to-day life well.
“We must add one stitch, no matter how small it be, to the magnificent tapestry of life.”
Well, I’m trying to do that, you say. Where do I start? Start small. Start with today. Start where you are. This is what it means to be present. Start from the moment you put your feet on the floor in the morning: whatever you do and where you go, recognize that when you really show up for your life—fully, completely, no whining—you are embracing your highest, spiritual self.
“One could say that the whole of life lies in seeing… See or perish…This is the human condition.”
In our frantic pursuits and attempts to ‘do it all’ and ‘get it right,’ we’re often moving so fast, so hurriedly, and so blindly we miss clues, messages, and small miracles. We disconnect from our true essence, end up on a crazy dead-end path, and wonder how we got there. Open your eyes: trust your gut: and stop being afraid. You’ll find the truth.
“We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.”
Try not to take it personally when the earthlings in your life especially those you love– act like jerks and hurt you. It’s not about you. Remember: hurt people hurt people. Be the lighthouse and not the storm. Watch what happens when you disengage from other people’s drama. You’ll find a new freedom and the energy to elegantly navigate your own life—the only life you can manage. Connecting from this place is real and lasting.