Getting to Your Place of Juicy
June 1, 2012
We all have pivotal moments in our lives in which just a few words and circumstances change everything. One minute you are humming along, minding your own business, going in a singular direction when suddenly your life takes a sharp left (or right) with the utterance of a phrase such as “Is this seat taken?” or “Hey, you have the same sweater as I do, only in green.” You meet people who change you immeasurably, although you may not know it at the moment of your first interaction.
Take my very best friend in the Whole Wide World. I’ve known her since seventh grade. We met on the bus on the way to a field trip. She was wearing the same sweater as I was so we engaged in a conversation. Since that day, she has seen me to hell and back again. We’re like that. The rest, as they say, is history.
As I have gotten older, I have experienced numerous “fateful” encounters such as sitting next to the very person I needed to meet, whether on an airplane, in a restaurant…just about anywhere the juicy can be found (juicy in this context means absolute truth in Self; the source of All That Is: the progenitor of beauty, grace, aliveness. I’m sure there’s an ultra-long name for it in German that I could make up if I had my wits about me, but as it is I am about to say goodbye to my beloved Grado and I’m a little distracted by that. Translate “juicy” into French? Now I’d really have to think about that one! Maybe one of you has a good term. If so, please share!).
The thing is I don’t believe in fate, but rather that everything happens exactly as it should. We humans reside in the unfolding. The only thing to do is to bring your awareness to it at any given moment. To do so, you need the Slow. It is what helps you focus your attention on what is really happening versus your interpretation of it.
In my view, it is as if there is a Divine Plan for us all. And in those juicy encounters with people in seemingly banal situations, you realize your personal Plan is unfolding in mysterious, yet revealing ways.
It makes me love life all the more when I meet those amazing people who change my world all over again.
Those Plan encounters are the best because they lead me back to my own juicy, that delicious space of creative somethingness. Getting back to Self in powerful ways is the most liberating experience. When we get to know someone else, it is as if we are getting to know a part of ourselves that we were not yet aware existed. When we take time to open ourselves to the beautiful gift that others have to offer us, we absorb so much more of what life itself is meant to be. And we can do the same for them.
Giving the juicy is as good as receiving it. When you meet someone new, how might you give them a spark of renewal? In a smile? A kind word? A promise of friendship forever?
Some juicy encounters last a day. Others a lifetime. It is my wish to you that whomever you meet next is a juicy one. The result is a sense of Flow, a timelessness, an awakening to the Spirit within. Let’s face it. We could all use more Flow in our lives because it leads to inner peace, which leads to outer peace, which leads to a whole world being rocked by the amazingness of life.
Not sure how to find your juicy? The best way to find it is to give that experience to someone else. Here’s a little secret: juicy begets juicy. Yeah, life’s like that.