Tonight I took my customary walk around my apartment complex. I really enjoy it, especially at night when I can hear crickets, and generally there are few people about. Tonight I was feeling especially detached. Not too much enthusiasm. In fact the last few weeks had been pretty low for me. There seemed to be a free-floating anxiety. There was a boredom, even a feeling of not really wanting to be here anymore.
I heard some people talking and the voice of a little girl. I turned around and there was a small girl, who couldn’t be more than six, laughing and walking toward me, her mother trailing close behind. She immediately asked my name. “Maria” I replied. “What’s your name?” “Jaida” she happily returned. We exchanged a few words, and I felt a bit uncomfortable. I wasn’t used to such exuberance from…well, anyone, really. Then I was caught by surprise as she ran up to me and gave me a hug. She of course came up to just above my knees in height, but that didn’t stop her from enjoying that moment profusely. She was beaming with delight.
As I turned to continue my walk, she continued laughing and watching me and waving. I waved back, and found myself saying, “Stay happy!”
As I continued my walk, I felt a clarity I had not felt before. In that moment I knew with certainty that this embodied enlightenment is not about becoming more refined spiritually, or even physically. It isn’t about discovering a new passion, a new career or creative expression. It’s most certainly not about helping others, although that’s definitely a by-product. No, it’s absolutely about having what that little girl has. I knew in that moment that what she had, what she was feeling, that unbridled joy, just for being here, that’s what it’s about. That’s what it was always about.
If you choose to stick around and go through your embodied enlightenment, I believe you will experience more and more of this unbridled joy. Then what you choose to do with it is entirely up to you. Only you know what would feel perfect for you. Even if it’s simply living life, doing what you are doing right now. But doing it from a really lit-up place.
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