Transcript Solo Episode
Laurin: [00:00:00] By consciously going, I am stressed out. I'm a wreck. I can't think straight. I'm exhausted. Whatever I was feeling that day, it brought my attention to it. And in bringing my attention to it, then, my thinking mind could go, you know what, there's something that I have, there's a tool I have that really calms all of that down. For me, that's meditation.
Hello friends, and welcome back to Curiously Wise. I'm Laurin Wittig, and I am your host. And today I am here by myself. So, this is something that I'm gonna be doing more of in 2023. And I hope you like it and I hope that if you have any ideas about things you would like to hear me muse upon that you'll either drop me an email or if you're watching this on YouTube, you can leave me a comment below and I would love to get some feedback about what you are finding [00:01:00] worthwhile, worth your time and what would be of use to you? What would be helpful to you to bring forth here?
So, you may have noticed in the last couple of episodes that I have added sort of a descriptor to my lovely title of Curiously Wise, which is, I loved it when I first started the podcast cuz it didn't lock me into anything in particular. There was no one direction, there was no one topic that I, I needed to talk about to fit the title.
But, I have found after pretty close to a year now, we're about 10 months into bringing out episodes of Curiously Wise, that it really, I, I have come into focus and I was looking for a way to describe that and literally, I was getting ready for a networking event and I had an opportunity to get up and introduce myself and pitch my podcast to see if there's anybody who'd like to be a guest there.
And I really wanted to have this descriptor available for that because it just makes it simpler. [00:02:00] If I just say Curiously Wise is it something like that where you get 20 seconds. People don't really know what that means. So literally it came through me, through my fingers onto the screen where I was trying to fiddle with the descriptor.
And out came Practical Spirituality in Action. Now I have to say I did not know what that meant, but I got really excited. It's like, oh, that's powerful. And I pitched it and I got six guests that day from that networking event where I had only occasionally gotten one. So, it immediately got beta tested, which was lovely.
And I, I did spend some time thinking about what does that mean? And realized that really, once you've been on a spiritual path for a while, everything you do is practical spirituality because you're living a human life. And we bring that often subconsciously or just not consciously into our lives because it becomes part of who we are.
So, the idea that this [00:03:00] is practical spirituality in action implies that there's some, some consciousness behind it. That, that you're doing something with it on purpose. And so, I wanna talk about that today because it's, it's still something I am diving more deeply into and thinking about a lot. So basically, the way I am seeing practical spirituality at this point.
Is that it's any aspect of your spirituality that can be brought into your regular human life that makes it better, easier, more joyful. Perhaps it brings you into a greater sense of service or a greater sense of purpose. And that infuses itself into everything that you do.
That's where I am right now. I reserve the right to add, to edit change around understand deeper in the future. And I'm sure that when I come across those moments, I will share them with you. But just to give a little bit [00:04:00] more examples, cuz I like to learn by example. Meditation is a beautiful practice.
And for me, it is really what led me into the spiritual path. It's what allowed me to connect much more deeply with myself, just to understand more about what made me tick, what drove me through my life, what drove me through each day of living. And so, for me, meditation was me practicing something spiritual, bringing forth a greater understanding of my spiritual self.
And that's really good. And I did use it in a practical way. There was a time where I was under a great deal of stress and I learned very quickly that meditation was a tool. It wasn't just a practice for me, it was a tool.
And that tool was by consciously going, I am stressed out. I'm a wreck. I can't think straight. I'm exhausted. Whatever I was feeling that day, it brought my [00:05:00] attention to it. And in bringing my attention to it, then my thinking mind could go, you know what, there's something that I have, there's a tool I have that really calms all of that down.
For me, that's meditation. Meditation might be walking by myself in the woods, but often it's just going up into my office here and sitting in my meditation chair with my headphones on so I don't have to hear anything else. And just allowing myself to go inward for a period of time. That does a couple things.
It's, it would soothe my nervous system. And it would quiet my mind because when I get that stress, there's a usually a lot of sort of negative self-talk going on. There's a lot of projecting into the future, you know, things that are gonna be hard. This is gonna be difficult. I don't, I don't have the energy to do that.
It's a big job. You know, all of those kinds of things that we allow to go through our head. So, for me it was a very calming practice, so it's a great tool for me. It may not be for you. Not everybody likes [00:06:00] meditation. I adore meditation. I don't do it as much as I, I want to because I have a life that's busy.
But it is something that I make a point of doing at least three or four times a week. And usually when I do it, I do it for a fair amount of time. Sometimes I need to just start the day off with a quick meditation to sort of put me in the right frame of mind. Anyway, that is a major tool for me, and I'm sure that you all have tools.
I know that some people, they reach that state that I reach with meditation through exercise or through sharing a conversation with somebody to sort things out. And you may be the person on the other side of that conversation. It may be somebody else who needs the calming energy that you can bring to that place.
That's another practical spirituality activity is when you can hold the calm or hold the peace or hold the joy. We'll call it holding the space for somebody, and it's just allowing them to go through what they do. But you're supporting with this calmer [00:07:00] energy, this quieter energy that, that does affect their energy field.