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Greeting Mondays with Reverence, Openness and Wonder
For a lifetime, I toyed with the question why I find it so difficult to face Mondays, the beginning of the work week. I guess this is true for a lot of us. We usually want the weekend to linger on.
The same situation arose last Monday and along with it my usual question. I just had to be aware of my feeling towards the situation, as the practice goes, for one who wants to learn mindfulness. I tried to stay with the negative energy of dislike that I acknowledged and accepted as having. Soon enough, the moment shared its wisdom:
Greet Mondays with reverence, openness and wonder.
Although it was quite natural for Mondays to arrive every week, I was to treat it as something that was sacred. I was to treat myself and my own feeling of resistance or dislike for Mondays, in itself, as something that was sacred.
With that insight, my sullen mood lifted and the previously disliked Monday lightened up.
I realized that the principle can be applied to everything else, in particular, for those things, people or situations that we feel a negative emotion towards: greet with reverence, openness and wonder, the person, thing or situation as well as ourselves in relation to it, treating it as a sacred experience. The negative energy that we feel somehow dissipates when we take these three attitudes.
Reverence, Openness and Wonder http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features.php?id=15309
- Reverence. “… is the way of radical respect. It recognizes and honors the presence of the sacred in everything — our bodies, other people, animals, plants, rocks, the earth, and the waters. It is even an appropriate attitude to bring to our things, since they are the co-creations of humans and the Creator.”
- Openness. “It is important in the spiritual life to keep an open mind, open to ideas, experiences, people, the world, and the Sacred. Openness is an ability to go with the flow, as Taoism puts it, without expecting predetermined outcomes. It means being receptive to new possibilities, without prejudging them. It is an ability to make yourself available to out-of-the-ordinary opportunities. Indeed, openness to the unknown, the exotic, and the bizarre is usually seen as the mark of a free spirit.“
- Wonder. “ … begins in the senses, comes alive in the imagination, and flourishes in adoration of the Divine. It arises from our natural curiosity about the grand adventure of life. It increases our capacity to be a bold inner space tripper and an avid explorer of the physical world.”
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