A 30-Day Journey Exploring a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle – Day 20
When I first saw these tea pots I just smiled and a feeling to total delight overpowered me. “But what does that have to do with spiritual practice?” you may ask.
Today I like to show you that a ‘spiritually healthy person’ experiences a subtle energy, joy and health awareness that transcends beyond a feeling of happiness and contentment.
Tea Pot Story
I like nothing better than hop in the car or on the bike and explore unknown areas, around the neighborhood or on extended travel ‘off the beaten track.’
On my recent trip to the grandchildren in Michigan Pam, the ‘other grandma’ as the kids call her and also my friend, invited me to meet her at a little lunch café in the middle of nowhere. This café was so hidden away from the main road that it was hard to find. It was just a small house turned into a luncheon café. Sorry, I did not take any pictures from the outside.
As I walked into the small dining room I stopped and just looked around with awe. I was overwhelmed with most delicious homey cooking smells and tea pots all around me from the bottom to the ceiling. Every space of the shelves were filled with the most unusual, colorful teapots, not one alike in size, form, shape and colors.
Two sisters owned the café and offer homemade food, all cooked from scratch and recipes from their mother and grandmother. The tea pots, they told me, were collections of many years. Every one is hand-made by hobbyists in the community, lunch guests, friends, family who either created them or collected them from somewhere.
The collection began totally unplanned many years ago when their mother opened the café. She used a few tea pots she had to decorate the room.
The more I looked around while inhaling the perfumes of freshly baking ‘something’ from the kitchen, the more I was overcome with simple delight. Who could not and would not smile looking at these whimsical figures?
My imagination wondered into the world of these delightful tea pot figures and creations and I entered my spiritual zone.
A Spiritual Lifestyle
We discussed in previous sections that spirituality means living a life with purpose. When we live with purpose, we create meaning in our life, and most importantly, we feel happier and more fulfilled. We create and live an intentional life.
For this exercise, just look at one of the delightful tea pots, e.g. the bunny or little pig. I know you are smiling already. Look at the happy face, the colorful decoration, the playful mood they convey.
Imagine the person in the process of creating this specific pot. What do you think his or her purpose was? To make us smile? Elicit joy in others who are strangers?
Does it make you feel happy looking at it? Do you imagine who else you know would enjoy this pot? Do you admire the artistic talent?
The artist gave of herself and shared his/her talent for others, friends, strangers in the community to enjoy or stimulate. For instance, I was stimulated to take a picture to share with my family and others the delight and unusual experience.
Maybe you can create a tea pot or something else as you suddenly get ideas. Maybe for a moment you feel a passion to test your talents you didn’t know you may have.
There is a difference between looking at the tea pot gallery or seeing the pots. To look at something means to gaze your eyes upon or acknowledge its presence. To see, not only does one look at the object but he/she also understands it and pays attention to it.
To see and hear, trying to understand and paying attention is creating and living an intentional life.
It’s a life of purpose that makes us happier and more fulfilled.
That is living a spiritual lifestyle!