Spiritual Practice For A Frantic World


Yesterday I had a very painful procedure done by a nurse in my oral surgeon’s office. Her competency evoked trust but her communication style frustrated me. Immediately upon completing the procedure she started shooting rapid-fire instructions at me. I was still coming down from the pain and somewhat shocked by it. I retained none of her instructions.  “Wait, please,” I said. “I need a few minutes to come back from this.” I did breath work until the pain subsided and I could concentrate. Then I said, “Ok, give it to me again slowly.” She was great.

Can you just give us a few minutes, World? I am struggling with the reality that I no longer fit out there and I want to stay in here. So, I’m creating a spiritual coping process that some of you may also find helpful:

  • Before leaving the house I will cleanse myself of negative energy I might impose on others, and I protect myself from possible frenetic or negative energy I may encounter.
  • Because I tend to lash out when encountering these situations, I will develop a habit of intentionally taking a breath before I respond.
  • As I did with the nurse (Ahh. I’ve done one right thing lately!) I will try not to support frenetic behavior by actively stating my need. Done with compassion, this could create a little awareness and compassion in a segment of my community.
  • Returning to my little anchorage-home I will cleanse myself of any frenetic or negative energy I picked up. I will send light to those persons whom I encountered.
  • Difficult experiences “out in the world” lately have evoked tears of utter frustration. Not wanting to heap rant after rant on those close to me, I’ve held it in. Creating this process just now has been so helpful. Now I need to get a hold of that one person who can receive my rant, and get it out of my system. Thanks to you too, for your witness to this process. I imagine you’re relieved I didn’t get started on the quality of some Uber driving.

You are all persons who take your spiritual lives seriously, or you wouldn’t be dropping by. If you have helpful thoughts on this topic, please, share them below. We’re in this together. Peace be with you.

6 thoughts on “Spiritual Practice For A Frantic World

  1. Thanks for that reflection, Rita. I usually have lunch with several friends here where I live, and at times a discussion of frustrations pops up though we try to avoid political issues. It’s hard to stay away from those but when we keep the conversations on a positive subject, the food seems to taste better and the time spent is more pleasant. K

    On Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 10:50 AM Spirituality Without Borders: Reflections

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  2. I am and have been struggling with exactly the issues you describe. Wish I had something helpful to say it’s not a fight I am currently winning. Would however like to thank you it’s nice to know that others experience the same and struggle as well.

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  3. This is just beautiful, just what I need to hear: practical advice and ideas on how to be the love and light out there where there’s too often fear and darkness. I appreciate how you connected with the nurse honestly and she responded appropriately. It sounds so simple and yet it so often gets weird and complicated. Thanks for sharing this.

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