Sometimes unexpectedly we meet such people that through this seemingly random encounter, we are brought out of the narrowness of our own mind, out of any internal struggles or challenges we may have, and we see.
Yesterday morning, feeling heavy after an intensive weekend of learning and working on my healing during my professional shaman training program and in need of inspiration, I left my house and rode my bike to the local cafe. As I walked in, I was greeted by two of the most brightest smiles, it was like a pierce of light and joy streamed straight into my heart and spread outward from there.
As I ordered my latte, Declan asked how I was doing. I paused for a moment, before I responded, I'm good. Immediately he picked up on my slight hesitation and with genuine interest and compassion asked what was going on. And as such encounters go with seemingly random strangers, I simply stated I had a long weekend after completing 30 hours of training. The conversation could have been left at that. But it wasn’t.
Declan’s compassionate heart coupled with George’s curiosity and openness, allowed for the sharing to flow. We talked about our lives and everything from entrepreneurship, mentoring, poetry, float tanks, climbing, and meditation. And in those twenty some minutes the heaviness in my heart subsided as I felt I was catching up with old friends.
Yes, sometimes we experience seemingly random encounters, that if we did not pay attention would go unnoticed. But by being open, we realize we meet the people we need to meet at exactly the right time we need them. And whether the connection lasts for minutes, years, or a lifetime, by stepping outside of the internal confines of our own mind and being present to what is, we see in another, the power and beauty of our own hearts.
Declan and George, thank you for reminding me of that. And for the smile you placed in my heart. Simply put, you two totally made my day.