I’d like to think I’m grounded. While at the same time fully plugged into the Divine. And I am – to both – grounded and connected.
Yet, after a week in China – which was amazing on one hand and offered numerous lessons on the other – I can see how easy it is to become unplugged from Source. I was too busy living in the space of Survival – the Root Chakra.
While my body yearned for adequate amounts of water and recognizable protein, it forced me – without my conscious awareness – into Root Chakra – Survival. No more balance with the crown. ==> Imbalance.
I didn’t fully recognize it until I began enjoying photos from others on the trip and could see I was pretty much fully out of my body the whole time. Existence. How can that be?
I have had a Gratitude Practice “forever” – a very long time. Each evening I write out a page of what I am grateful for. It’s a habit. It just is something I do every night before bed. Yet, on this trip, because of severe weight restrictions, I didn’t bring that journal. I can remember only once that as I put my head to my pillow I listed off what I was grateful for. And it was all Root Chakra Survival things. Things that you and I [probably] take for granted each and every day.
As I processed this, I reflected on how quickly life can turn. And when it goes into Survival, the thought/practice for connection, for prayer, for communion isn’t even on the radar. At least it wasn’t on mine. Wow.
How much we take for granted!
I am a woman who lives in the state of Grace and Gratitude. I see my life as a living Prayer. No. I’m not perfect. If I was, I wouldn’t be here! Yet, how utterly quickly I shifted from that woman to one who was focused on the most base needs we as humans have: food, water, shelter and pardon the bluntness: using the toilet. Ah, you wouldn’t believe how grateful I’ve become for a toilet – complete with toilet seat AND toilet paper. ~ Yes, I’ve traveled before. Yes, I’ve encountered toilets without toilet seats before. Yes, I’ve looked at holes in the floor and thought it was a mistake. But alas. I was ill prepared, and ill warned, for this on a daily basis. And I was always on the lookout for safe, clean water. The unfortunate thing is – the water led to the need for the restroom – which wasn’t very restful. Do you see the cycle?
So. How can I turn this awareness around? How can I leverage this learning? Just look at the Syrian refugee crisis. These people fleeing for their lives. Their personal safety and for that of their children is the top thing on their hearts and minds. If they have the energy for a prayer, I’d imagine it would only be God Please Help.
Here too, it’s not just those that are fleeing. It’s the communities that embrace them. Calm needs to be created from the chaos.
That’s where I can come in. That’s where you can come in. You can offer up prayers for them because they are not in a space to do so. You can Hope for them, and maybe even open your wallet and contribute that way. Or pass on some clothing you no longer want or need but would bring a smile of relief and gratitude. The Compassion Collective is one such organization you could support.
And a role of toilet paper may just come in handy.