Alone with the Teachable Spirit

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Alone with the Teachable Spirit

How can you be happy alone?

What does the teachable spirit need to do to create happiness when you are alone?

These are very difficult questions to answer, especially if we are busy people that have families and care for children. My life is serene now compared to what it was in the days when family was the focus; however, the work I was doing in my family’s life at that time would have benefited from answering these two questions.

Hanging out at the beach with my 1984 El Camino, one of my favorite alone time activities, Ocean Shores, Washington.

Hanging out at the beach with my 1984 El Camino, one of my favorite alone time activities, Ocean Shores, Washington.

The scripture says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Do you see that loving yourself is the foundation for loving your neighbor? The care that you take in meeting your own needs will be the same care you take in meeting those closest to you. Yeshua (Jesus) told a story in reference to this concept:

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

Stepping into the Pacific Ocean at Ocean Shores, Washington, April 2013.

Stepping into the Pacific Ocean at Ocean Shores, Washington, April 2013.

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Yeshua (Jesus), “And who is my neighbor?” Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” –Luke 10:25-37

Spending time alone in my office, Tacoma, Washington, April 2014.

Spending time alone in my office, Tacoma, Washington, April 2014.

Having mercy on yourself is the beginning point for loving your neighbor. Determining what you need when you feel stripped, beat up, and half dead, will help you take care of those people in your life who could also use some tender loving care. Pouring in the oil and the wine will allow you to have a full cup when serving others.

Here are a few questions for the teachable spirit to find happiness in yourself:

  • Do you give yourself the freedom to be who you are right now?
  • Do you provide room for growth in your life?
  • Do you give yourself permission to work on a particularly stubborn issue in your life when you are ready?

Answering the question, How can I be happy? takes some effort in getting to the bottom of what makes you uniquely happy. Achieving happiness does not come from a single event or leaving it to be obtained in the future. Being happy starts with happy thoughts and happy images, which lead to a      life over time.

What makes you happy today?

My "garden tub" in my home, where I enjoy many leisurely baths, Graham, Washington.

My “garden tub” in my home, where I enjoy many leisurely baths, Graham, Washington.

Here are a few suggestions for creating simple happiness:

  • taking a long leisurely bath
  • reading a great novel or story
  • walking in the rain
  • having a cup of hazelnut coffee
  • practicing yoga

Being happy in the future requires providing time for yourself to be happy today; take a moment, and pour in the oil and the wine. Develop in yourself the capacity to live life happy by practicing what makes you happy. Loving yourself first develops the capacity for you to love others appropriately as well, spreading the happiness you feel in an ever increasing circle that will return to you and buoy you up in the process; some like to call it reciprocity, and some like to call it serendipity.

The teachable spirit says, “How about calling happiness following the Golden Rule?”

 

 

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