This was something I learned when a friend taught me several years ago what "Namaste" meant: "The divine spirit in me acknowledges the divine spirit in you." I like that, and it's a good reminder, both of the god-spirit in others, and of that essence that is also within me.
I got the chance to connect with lots of wonderful friends yesterday, at a fun barbeque. Lots of nifty, cool people, great atmosphere and incredibly comfy setting. I had a good time. I'll post more later about the experience, but since the Om is about friends, I wanted to point out how good it was to reconnect with lots of excellent people (and a nifty doggie too!). It felt really good.
And this morning, I got to sit next to a good friend on the bus, and exchange hugs, and talk. Smiles and comfort and good stuff, to start my day. (Thank you, Torin.) :-)
I got the opportunity to do something yesterday, to remember some physical strengths I used to have, that apparently aren't gone yet: I bounced on a trampoline for the first time in about 20 years. :-) (We had a tramp when I was in middle and high school, when I was a diver, and I used to bounce every day).
And Wow! it was fun! *grins* It wasn't entirely easy -- I did overheat in the sun, and lost my breath and had to slow down a few times (asthmatics have to go slow sometimes - I forget until it reminds me) -- but it didn't hurt! I did back-drops and sits, and even a few flips (both front and back). I could propel myself thru the air, and land in the right way, and I didn't bounce off, not even once! It felt *so good* to remember the mastery of throw and spin with my own body -- stuff I used to take for granted when I was much younger, when I could just tell my body to do something, and it just did it. I didn't think I could do anything like that anymore, and it felt really *good* to feel my body do cool things again. It's amazing what positive stuff the body will remember if we let it. :-)
It also told me that my balance and sense of equilibrium have gotten better as I've lost weight - that makes me feel more physically confident, and encourages me to do more. *grins*
Oh, yeah, and I got my socks really dirty.... It was so much fun! :-) Cool, cool people to hang with, lots of relaxing and smiles (which were welcomed), and even a big doggie to pet (Angus rocks - even on a trampoline, lemme tell ya).
Sometimes life calls for a "full body prostration of the heart".... the act of surrender.
(I want to learn to be less stubborn...)
"If there is truly nothing that you can do to change your 'here and now,' and you can't remove yourself from the situation, then accept your 'here and now' totally by dropping all inner resistance. The false, unhappy self that loves feeling miserable, resentful or sorry for itself can then no longer survive. This is called surrender. Surrender is not weakness. There is great strength in it. Only a surrendered person has spiritual power. Through surrender, you will be free internally of the situation. You may then find that the situation changes without any effort on your part. In any case, you are free." -- Eckhart Tolle, p. 71 of The Power of Now