My practice as a spiritual coach is founded on the principle that each client has the power of discerning their own best course of action, my role is to reflect back their experience and perhaps offer a context that may help to facilitate their journey to soul connection and insight. Recently one of my clients was challenged by the morning monkey mind that greeted him as consistently as the dawn. “My mind becomes an endless, frustrating and at times discouraging to do list.” His solution was blindingly simple and a wonderful insight. Each day he replaces his to do list with a single word or phrase of intention. For example one day it may be “today I am a machine.” He then focuses his attention on that phrase and bypasses the list. The magic occurs as he grinds through the list like a machine without ever thinking about it. Yet another wonderful example of the power of intention and attention at play together.
I am often gifted by hearing of my client’s soulful practices and although I can’t take credit I do have permission to share. The Life Jar is one beautiful example. Five years ago my client courageously picked a year for his own death then went out and purchased from a hobby store sufficient white pebbles to represent every week of his life. At the end of every week he performs a ritual to let go of the past seven days. Sometimes it is to let go with relief that the events of the week can be consigned to history and other times his heart is full of gratitude for the magical moments that have transpired. Following his reflection, he tosses one pebble into his pond now lined with stones representing the passages of his life. The beauty of this ritual is not only that it gives special significance to the importance of every week that passes but it is an act of surrender. I think this a wonderful example of honouring our time on this earth walk. And as Rumi so wisely says in his poem the Guest House, “Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”