I’m travelling and would like to share an episode from a popular spiritual power hub in India, with currently many Western seekers:
Me standing at a counter in a cafe today, paying my breakfast. I had a delicious cinnamon pancake, enjoyed a great view into nature and a lovely conversation with a friend. I feel good. While closing my purse I turn towards the exit, seeing in the corner of my eye an elderly Western woman who just entered and moves behind me. I’m carrying a bigger straw bag on my shoulder and walk towards the staircase leading out, when I suddenly feel a pull on my bag. I turn around to check what’s going on. It’s this lady, who holds my bag and tells me angrily: “Your bag hurts.” My bag apparently brushed her arm while she was walking behind me in the cafe room. I say: “Oh, so sorry if I touched you.” And I walk down the stairs. She shouts after me, rubbing her arm: “You’re bag is hurting!” Me: “Madam, what can I do?” She shouts: “You can apologise!” Me: “I just said sorry, didn’t I?” She: “You said ‘sorry if I touched you’, not ‘sorry for hurting you.’!” I’m quiet, checking: Is she serious? Yes, she is. I can’t help but laughing out loud. Then I say with a calm, yet assertive voice: “Relax. Please relax.”, and walk away. She mumbled something stroppily. Ok, my choice of the word ‘touch’ in the spur of the moment might not have been ideal, but the meaning was clear and my apology was heartfelt.
Do you know such situation, you’re in great spirits or just simply content, when out of nowhere someone shoots at you, in an attempt to dump some energetic goo on you? When someone’s behaviour is completely blown out of proportion in relation to the situation at hand? Continue reading