The thing is, they’re not one and done. You might have an awakening or opening up or catharsis or whatever kind of soul-affirming experience you might have, and it doesn’t mean that you’re “done.” That there’s not even more of a higher.
There always is, but gosh those experiences stick with us through life. My father passed away suddenly a few weeks before my 4th birthday, and I’ve had a lifetime of what I’d consider searching. I’ll always search for answers and meaning and magic and relationships and intensity and emotion. I never forget what was taken away from me – getting to know the most important man in my life – but I’ve had a lot of joy too. I can remember feeling “high on life” at a very young age.
It’s only grown. And grown more complicated.
When I was 16 I was feeling rather lost, in what I once thought was a very adult way. (I think it was… for 16… but I’ve had so many experiences since then.) I was confused about my boyfriend, my friends, my parents, my college-bound sister, and pretty much everything. It was summer and my aunt took me on a nine day road trip around upstate New York and Canada. That’s when it happened, somewhere between Niagara Falls and Toronto. I found something, and maybe it was myself. It was a spiritual awakening, as powerful as I can imagine they ever get. Who knows what caused it? Was it nine days on the road? Was it feeling so lost, and suddenly so found? Or was it discovering my own power within myself? What was it?
Maybe it doesn’t matter, or maybe I’m not meant to know yet. That’s why I was so taken by Valerie’s story, “Coming Home” in Being Here…Too, Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment by Ariel & Shya Kane. She talks about coming home again, which is a complicated experience for me as well – and learning to look at where you came from and the people you came from – with new eyes. In the story she’s in the car with her father and his friend on some gorgeous roads in California, and she’s suddenly incredibly happy to be there – and to be with them – connected and connecting. I KNOW that feeling.
I savored each story – and read each one with minimal distractions. Maybe a roaring fire here and a puppy cuddle there, but just… ME. Alone. With a book. These are short stories of modern day enlightenment focusing on topics like being your boldest self, family and forgiveness, parenting, teaching and transformation, birth, death and physical challenges, relationships, romance, and being in the moment. These are real, everyday stories that will touch your heart and transform your life. There’s something to be said about being in the moment and about discovering fresh perspectives, thought patterns, and people who will set you on a much different path than the one you were on. I totally dig that, by the way.
Like Paul’s story about being a tourist in his own city, and Simon’s story of dancing in a job interview – and getting the job (SPOILER), these stories of encounters and awakenings are so close to home, or are they? Some people sleepwalk through life, and others find moments and then years of being “wide awake” as a I call it. I always thought I operated at a much different frequency than others, but reading this book makes me feel much less alone. And don’t even get me started on Eric’s story about bringing his ailing mother the blintzes of his childhood with his grandmother. I shed some tears!
Being Here…Too, Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment:
Being Here…Too, Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment is about how when you are here in the current moment, that’s when the true magic happens – like dissolving resentment, true love, and ordinary moments becoming extraordinary. It was written by award-winning authors Ariel and Shya Kane – along with authors from their international community. They’re all sharing inspiring true stories about life, death, and everything in between. They are heartwarming and personal.
• The Magic of Being Boldly You
• Family and Forgiveness
• Parenting, Teaching, and Transformation
• Birth, Death, and the Physical Challenges In Between
• Dating, Relating, and Finding The One
• Being in the Moment and Achieving Your Goals
This book is perfect for people who have achieved a degree of success in their lives, and have found that success, achievement and outside influences aren’t necessarily what makes them happy. Perhaps you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, a sense of belonging, positive messages, and new paths to happiness. You will find that here in this book, and it might set you on your own path. Ariel and Shya Kane have touched the lives of millions through transformational seminars and their top-rated podcast: Being Here. They have an approach that allows people to be productive, effective and satisfied in ALL areas of their lives without working on their “problems.” Perhaps, we are perfect as we are and just need the tools for living in the moment and undoing the knee-jerk behaviors we’ve been doing that get in the way of living life with ease.