Anyone who is a fan of the TV show Seinfeld can tell you about shrinkage.
It was the theme of the episode when George’s girlfriend saw him naked after he had been swimming in cold water, and he became obsessed with her knowing that male genitalia shrinks up when exposed to cold, and he was not “himself” when she saw him.
So how does this in any way relate to our spiritual journeys, you might ask. And rightly so, because anyone who knows me knows that quoting Seinfeld episodes is one of my favorite things to do, even though the show went off the air 20 years ago.
It relates because one of our goals in seeking to be more spiritually connected is to see ourselves as bigger than this frail human body we inhabit for our brief earth lives.
Even though our puny human minds are incapable of fully understanding the true size of our souls, if you will, we should be striving to use our imaginations to try to envision ourselves as part of the vast expanse of the universe, which is our home when we are not incarnated here on earth.
By doing that, even though it may be a stretch on your credulity, it makes all the little things that bother us on a daily basis seem not so important, and certainly not worth wasting time worrying about. About to blow a gasket because some jerk cut you off in traffic? On a universal level, why does it matter? And as the old saying goes, 50 years from know, who’s going to remember?
By thinking of yourself as bigger than your body, you can begin to see that life’s little problems are just that. Little problems that don’t really count for much in the grand scheme of things.
I know I have worked long and hard on trying to think that way at all times, and I’ve come a long way from when anger was my default setting in every situation, but there are still times when I’m tired and/or aggravated about something, and some minor thing will happen that will trigger that old feeling of anger, and BOOM, shrinkage happens.
No, not that kind. The kind where your view of yourself in a universal sense shrinks back down to the size of your human body, or even smaller, and you end up feeling like a smacked ass, because you let something so stupid make you lose your cool.
So just like George, we may not be able to avoid shrinkage completely, but we should do our best not to let anyone see us in a shrunken state if at all possible. It’s just embarrassing.
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Love and light ’til next time.