I am writing this post because I am noticing something important.
Recently, I moved back to Virginia from Florida. Yes, I had been invested in Florida and I tried to make it work down there… but I missed Virginia too much (and I did not find a good job down there). So here I am.
Because I did not have a place lined up to live in, I temporarily moved into my parent’s guest room. Let me be more descriptive, as this guest room is a whopping 8′ by 9′. So maybe you could say I moved temporarily into my parents’ walk-in closet…? Yeah, it was as comfortable as it sounded. 🙂
Two weeks of living with them, I am 34 years old by the way, and I practice a different spiritual path than either of my parents, and I was ready to run for the hills… at least when my parents did their raised voice thing with my 16-year old brother… Don’t get me wrong! I love my family, I am very grateful to have a place to land should I find myself on shaky ground and need a refuge to take me in… but my heart was feeling the weight of other people’s burdens.
I am a Buddhist practitioner (if you are new to this blog). My parents are Christians – and very kind hearted, generous, ethical individuals. So we do have some things in common – most religions are actually very similar when you look at their basics. (Philosophically this is a different story.) But more importantly, the reason I needed to grab my own space was because I have done a bunch of personal growth work. Whether through process-oriented bodywork, or from studying my own and others’ astrology charts from a psychological perspective, or from spending time around authentic spiritual masters, my sensitivities are heightened.
So I am more attuned to emotional needs, to facial expressions and maybe even to non-visual cues (who knows?). Anyway, I am now house sitting for a friend of mine, and it is a breath of fresh air. It is a simple house, with beautiful Asian artwork – Japanese screens, Indian paintings and beadwork, Tibetan Thangkas and Chinese images. Therefore I can fill it with my energy if I choose, or just leave it nice and peaceful.
I love my family and I am very blessed to have them in my life and especially for the kindness of my parents! They have done amazingly generous things for me and supported me through all of my many various walks of life. But I think there is something to be said about the statement, “when your kids are fit to live with, they are living with someone else.” I wonder if the reverse is true, “when your parents are fit to live with, you should be living with someone else.” 🙂
This is just my random thought for the day. Thank you for reading!
By the way, I am now back in Charlottesville pretty much for good (at least for another year or more). So if you would like an Astrology interpretation or some Craniosacral work, just contact me or leave a comment here.
May all beings know happiness and its causes!