Today turned out to be one of those good karma days. Although it didn't start out that way. It started with a phone call to my new boyfriend in Ohio. We were both feeling a little bit down about the fact that we couldn't see each other this weekend because he has to go to a family wedding.
Our conversation had this low energy level and we both started to complain about the fact that we live so far away. Usually I feel energized when I hang up the phone with him, but this time I felt a little bit low. We started texing back and forth after our call and I suddenly realized that we were focusing on what we didn't have (i.e. being together in the same state) as opposed to being grateful for the amazing relationship that we do have.
So I texted him this: I would rather be in a long distance relationship with you, than a short distance relationship with anyone else on the planet!
That one act of gratitude turned around the entire day. Suddenly we were both energized and texting back and forth about how we would like to focus on the positive and what types of things we can do to get through the times when we are apart. We became united over the issue of distance instead of letting it put a wedge between us.
I carried that positive energy with me throughout the rest of the day. All morning I was waiting at home for the guy from DTE to come and replace my gas meter. When he arrived, it turned out that he lived in my neighborhood. As soon as he explained where he lived, I knew the exact house he was talking about. I walk by his house almost every day. I always notice it, because it has the most beautiful garden.
After he left, I went down in the basement and noticed that he left behind a bottle of industrial cleaner. I decided to toss it in the back seat of my car so I could return it to him later.
Before I embarked on my errands for the day, I decided to stop and meditate. I have been trying to do it for 15 minutes each day. Since that one moment of gratitude sent my day in the right direction, I chose to meditate on the mantra for gratitude, which is Dhanya Vad.
Sometimes when I sit down to meditate, I remain in a conscious state just trying to concentrate and observe my thoughts. Other times, I am able to reach a higher state of meditation. Today I was able to connect with my own divine energy for at least a short time.
It is hard to explain what it feels like to someone who has not experienced it. The best way I can describe it is a sense of floating in your own head. There is a wide open space and you are surrounded, feeling completely relaxed and yet alert. Whenever I reach that state, I keep asking the universe to show me more. It feels like I am on the verge of having every answer and yet my mind is blank.
After my meditation, I was even more connected with everything around me. I got in the car and headed out to run some errands. My first stop was a new alterations place. The woman who used to do all of my alterations had a baby a few months ago and decided not to come back to work. I have been looking for someone new ever since. When I walked into the shop, I was greeted by an older man. I told him I needed a few pair of jeans altered in the waist.
"When do you want them back?" He asked. "I am really busy right now so it might be two weeks until I can get to them."
"Well, I can probably wait for you," I said. "Assuming you are really good at this. Are you good?" I asked him jokingly.
"Young lady, I have been here for 47 years," he said proudly.
"That is longer than I have been alive on this earth," I commented. "So I guess you must be really good!" I dropped off my jeans with my new friend.
The next stop was the grocery store. I wandered through the store picking up things along the way, in no particular order. I had a partial list, but some of it was written in generic terms, like "salad stuff". When it was time to check out, I was convincing myself that I had everything I needed when I turned the corner and ran right into a shelf full of tomatoes. I had forgotten those when I grabbed the rest of the salad stuff.
"Thanks universe, for having my back on that one," I thought to myself.
When I got to the check out, I saw a debit card sitting on the counter. The cashier said it must have been from the woman in front of me. I looked on the front of the card and ran out into the parking lot shouting "Elaine!" which was the name on the card.
The woman turned around and I gave her back her card. She looked exhausted. The same way I used to look after a long day at the office.
"Thanks so much," she said. "It's time for me to go home and rest!" The universe had my back with the tomatoes and then I passed the good karma on to Elaine.
My final stop on my way home from the store was to drop off the industrial cleaner at Mike's house. As I pulled up, I saw his wife sitting in the driveway and his son was riding his skateboard. I went up and introduced myself and explained the situation. She reached out to shake my hand and thanked me for dropping off the cleaner for her husband.
As I drove away and headed back home, I was thinking about the beauty in all of the human connections I made today. At first it seemed silly to write a blog about the events of my day. Each individual interaction doesn't seem like anything interesting that you would want to read about.
But somehow when you add them all together it paints a picture of how the universe works in mysterious ways, sending energy from one person to the next. Making sure each of us is exactly where we are meant to be. All of that positive energy flowed into me, through me and back out into the universe for someone else who needed it.
As I continue on my journey, I find myself constantly looking for signs that I am heading on the right path. What I am starting to discover is that the sign may not appear as a lightning bolt from the sky. It might manifest itself as something more subtle.
That divine energy is in each of us, just waiting to be unleashed. All we need to do is be open to the potential.