THE GOLD LINING
Today my Mom and I went for a walk and then went to The Vedanta Temple where we did Yin Yoga and meditated.
My Mom and I walk and practice Yoga every week together.
But it was the first time that we practiced at The Temple and it was truly beautiful.
While we were in there, a Divine handy man was working outside.
We had no idea what he was doing but we could hear him working away.
In the countless times that I have meditated at The Vedanta Temple there was only one other time when someone was working there.
They were scraping off all the old paint and repainting the magical Shangri-la.
It was a time in my life when I was going through a massive physical/mental/emotional clearing and the fact that the restoration on the Temple was happening while I was there meditating was deeply metaphorical for me.
When my Mom and I walked outside after our practice today we were immediately greeted by the handy man who was holding a very small paintbrush and was delicately painting a GOLD LINING around the door frame.
The metaphor was instantly recognized but became more poignant just thereafter.
My Mom thanked me for our session and said how much she truly enjoyed it.
I said, “You really dropped into the zone today.”
She said, “Well this is how I used to live all the time.”
I said, “I know. You are the one who first introduced me to Yoga and Meditation.”
And grateful tears streamed down my face.
I said, “My deepest wish for you is that you are in the zone most of the time and that you feel happy and content in your life.”
And she said, “I AM.”
And I felt the Truth in what she was saying in a way I have not experienced in a very long time.
We have been through some stuff in this life together.
Some loss, some tragedy, some deep sadness and some disappointments…
JUST LIKE ALL HUMAN BEINGS.
Then she said that she has come to a place where she is feeling more peaceful because she is doing her best to accept the things that she cannot change and then quoted the serenity prayer.
GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN
AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
And she wasn’t just saying it.
She was embodying it.
And I felt it.
It was one of those moments when I felt like every shitstorm we’d been through transformed into a rainbow.
And every Yoga session we had ever done together broke through the clouds and we felt the Sunshine.
And that the scales of all of this Devotion and Prayer and Meditation and emotional cleansing and mega Humility and Love and Forgiveness and Gratitude that I have been doing my darndest to practice tipped into the Promised Land.
Today I received some of the profound merits of it all.
And in that moment, and still now, I feel:
A full circle.
A cycle completing.
And a new beginning.
Some people get silver linings.
MINE ARE GOLD ♥