We all have a spiritual side, even if we are not religious. Spirit is essence, passion, drive, and what has set us on the path we are on. For myself, I often see spirit in nature, the plants I work with, and the people I care for. Their life is what I work towards, their happiness and success. It can be challenging to see this energy or spirit in another or in yourself if you do not pay attention to it.
There is a phrase from yogic traditions you may have heard of: Namaste. In brief it means ‘the divine light in me, honors and respects the divine light in you.’ This respect for another being as being as important as ourselves is often hard for modern humans. We grow up with ‘mine, mine, mine’ and ‘no, no, no’ when it comes to interacting with others. Teachers cannot touch students in a caring manor without getting punished. While this is for the child’s safety, what is being lost with out that power of touch and honoring of another human soul?
One of the communities I am involved with is an interfaith sanctuary. I would like to tell you about two things from this community. One event I often attend there is fires rising. This can be a very emotional event for most individuals and we spend most of the event creating a safe space for everyone in attendance to work through their personal challenges. One year, a woman joined us for the event but was not yet in the mental state to open to everyone. It can be very hard to bear our soul to strangers with pure intentions. She was able to honor the rest of the community by holding space until she was able to open up herself. I was honored to be present when she was finally able to open up. Seeing someone go through that transformation, to find that their feelings are valid enough to show them to others is incredible. I would like to ask you, what are you doing so that those around you feel open to finding their spirt in your presence?
The other large place I see spirit opening up in this community is in the way children are treated. Having taught young children dance I have seen enough of controlling parents and while some children can thrive on this, many cannot. I would assume that at most church survices if a child were to cry out they would get glares or would be removed from the space by a parent until they were calm again. This community treats children differently. They are given the space to be upset, even when it is inconvenient to those around them. This compassion teaches compassion and as they grow older the children begin to take care of each other. This naturally forms a children’s tribe who are often seen participating in community service with out being asked. Is this the image you would like to see if the world?
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, wellness counselor, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.