Sometimes it’s a fleeting thought after the fact: “I must stop doing that.” After doing, saying or thinking something that does not serve a soul well. But that’s all it is; a thought. It’s not placed in front to be addressed. It has come and gone and nothing shall be done about it until true awareness accompanies it.
For an hour and a half on a Wednesday night, I join others in group meditation. It is a most serene thing and I love taking part with my whole heart. We hardly say a word except to introduce ourselves and if we wish, share. It could be how we feel, it could be about an event that affected us, anything at all. I met a woman this past Wednesday that I connected with instantly without words. It felt like a thin click through eye contact on a spiritual level. It’s happened to me only once before and that woman and I are still friends. In fact, we call each other butterfly sisters. On Wednesday, this woman shared an awareness she had come into that day of a mental habit that was not helpful to her and I admired her openness and mindfulness.
We walked out together and chatted, scratching the surface of a mutual liking and as she was talking, I could relate to what she said. However instead of listening, I jumped onto her train of thought like an enthusiastic stowaway and interrupted. In a second, I saw the effect of my habit: She had to stop what she was saying and pay attention to me. Right then and there, I came into awareness. I was embarrassed, and wondered how many people I’d offended in varying measures with my rude sentence hopping over the years.
That I see this and I have brought it to the forefront means I am now able to work at making it less troublesome. And all I have to do is keep my mouth shut, my eyes in focus and ears perked until it is my time to respond. I’m happy to put this into practice going forward because it can only make me a more loving person.