FAITH MONTH: DAY 27: “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.” ― William Sloane Coffin Jr.
Perhaps I am the only one, although I seriously know I am not, but the use of the word reckless here makes me smile.
We are reckless, us alkies! We live on the razor’s edge most of the time, believing we are bullet-proof from the consequences of our ideas and behavior. Or, if not bullet-proof in practice, our belief that we should not be held responsible for ANYTHING we do. None of it!
The experience of faith is different than the concept of faith. As an idea, it is easy to ridicule and find ways to dismiss it. However, in practice, there is nothing to do but HAVE it.
No discussion, no arguments, no evidence can replace the simple act of jumping off that damn cliff. I have had to take action that terrified me, on the average of 2-3 times every day since I got here. I created a workbook several years ago on spiritual principles that included some of the practices I most strongly resonate with.
The workbook is about the 10 Yamas and Niyamas of the Vedic (Hindu) tradition. They are lovely spiritual principles that are the embodiment of yogic practice. There are others, but these are one limb of the tree of yoga practice. It is so beautiful and pure. It really is NOT about being bendy and showing off in lycra; really.
In the workbook, there is a practice of doing something each day you have never done before and journaling what that experience teaches you. Well, believe it or not, we all do this. And the simple act of waking up on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 was one of them. You and I have never awoken on this date at whatever time you and I did.
So, that is new. What else? A new way of tying our shoes, the right before the left or vice-versa. We are all going to do things to leap off that cliff into faith. Perhaps we drive a new way to work or take a bus if we are used to the train, or whatever that thing is.
Why is this important? Because, when life intervenes in our routine, we are completely bowled over and unable to practice spiritual resilience, which is the ability to flow with the shift in energy without becoming broken by it. This creates a positive and healthy response to life, instead of allowing the trauma of an unexpected event to break us into little pieces.
Because life is random, and events cannot be foreseen, we must learn to roll with life. Having faith in the unexpected surprises of life is a great practice for being able to have resilience. I have faith that life is going to jump into my face at least once a day and yell “Boo! Are you paying attention?” And I seldom have had to prepare any differently than that!