Nothing to Invade
"Honey, what do you think this is?" my husband asked me, as he extended a finger out. On it was a small, black bug - larger than an ant, but not by much. It looked like a tiny beetle. I had no idea.
We found a couple of them near the sink. Over the next few days, we noticed a few more, right in the same area. I pondered if they had snuck through the window, or perhaps the orchid plant nearby was infested. I moved it outside.
Within a few more days, we were finding a lot, which was disturbing. I realized I had to investigate more, so I opened up cabinets, spied several beetles, and started to pull items out.
On the bottom shelf, I found the source of our problem: a plastic bag of rice, pulverized to flour, with a massive colony of tiny black beetles. Swiftly, I lifted the bag out of the cabinet and rushed it to the trash outside. Thorough cleanup ensued.
Two weeks later, I was sitting at my computer and I heard a slight fluttering sound behind me. As I turned to look out the window, I saw some small, translucent wings on the sill inside. Termites! Three or four were fluttering around the glass, and another was crawling on the carpet below. We eventually discovered the source was a small swarm coming from the ceiling, above the smoke alarm. Natural termite exterminators were called, and termites were terminated as responsibly as possible.
A disturbing sequence of events, to be sure. No one wants their home invaded by pests, especially those that can eat the structure out of your abode. There's also a psychological affect of an infestation - the feeling of being personally invaded, having the sense of security pulled out from under you by forces beyond your control.
What was different about this insect invasion was my internal state. I didn't react. There was no sense of panic as I would have had in the past, with a litany of terrifying thoughts.
Nope, not a simple worrisome thought. I simply stepped into action and did what I needed to do, and then went to bed. No worries. What was the point? Could I do any more than I did? No. So I just acted to the best of my ability, and let it go.
And there was no sense of personal invasion. What was there to invade? The sense of "my" space was gone. There were just beetles, or termites, and then there weren't, and it was OK. Finally, I was able to witness what was happening from detachment.
Because the only thing that is truly real is the Divine Self, which is everything. It is presence, and it is everywhere. None of that changed when the termites showed up, nor when they were gone.
This month - in fact, this Sunday - I'm offering my first Yoga Quest series, which is designed to support you in connecting to your Divine Self! Yoga Quest: The Inner Journey to Awakening will explore the 4 "Attitudes of Relationship" at Mind-Body Zone in Fremont every Sunday morning this month.
These attitudes are the keys to maintaining inner serenity, no matter what happens in our lives. There's still space if you'd like to join me on this journey (and I will continue my series of articles on the 4 Attitudes in next month's newsletter with Mudita - Joyfulness).
And you can join me in Mountain View for the 2nd series of Yoga Quest - the 5 "Sheaths of the Self "- on Monday mornings in October at Yoga is Youthfulness. I'm very inspired by this new series that will take us from the physical, through the energetic and mental, to the sublime realm of spirit within. Early bird discount through September 30th!
The Spiritual Cafe', my monthly conference call for spiritual inspiration, is coming up, too, on Friday September 26th, 10:30-11:30am Pacific. Let me support you in realizing your Divine Self! Call-in details below or on the Spiritual Cafe' page.
Remember who you really are - you are that eternal witness, the Divine essence that is unlimited, everywhere present. Nothing can take that away from you. Nothing can anything invade you if you are everything that is. Let yourself expand to include the whole universe, and you'll feel wholeness within.