Connection to Spirit … Even on the New York City Subway
~ By Pamela Merritt Kramer
I recently went on a buying trip in New York City for my store. I did not have time to meditate as I took time that morning playing with my grandchildren. When I left the apartment, it was raining and chilly. When I got on the subway at 8 o’clock, the train was already full. Luckily, I found a seat and started to observe my fellow passengers. There were about 100 people in the car I was in. People of many occupations, sizes, and stages of life were standing inches away from each other, and those sitting, were shoulder to shoulder. I decided to meditate on the subway. (My first shamanic journey was on a train, so I felt confidant that I could quiet my mind and meditate here.)
I focused on my breath – inhaling to the count of seven, exhaling slowly through my mouth to the count of fifteen. I felt the cool air come into my nostrils, down my throat, filling my lungs as my chest and abdomen expanded. Then reversing the process by pushing the air out of my lungs, up my throat and exhale into the train (those who live in NYC call the subway – the train).
After a few focused breaths, I became aware that my hearing suddenly became louder. It was like someone turned the volume up on the TV. I could hear the loud sounds of the moving train, the screeching of stressed metal, a train passing just inches away, the air rushing by us. I could sense the strain and tension of the train bearing down on the tracks, metal stressed against metal with thousands of pounds of force, and the immense power that was propelling it through the tunnel to the next stop. The train was carrying probably two thousand or more people to various destinations. I wondered how many people ever notice this power, these sounds of the subway? I could sense the stress behind the mechanical sounds, and I wondered how they might impact people exposed to this twice a day. It is part of everyday life for millions of people in New York City.
Then I suddenly realized something was missing. There were no conversations amongst all the 100 people in the car I was on. The absence of everyday social contact was deafening! It startled me so much, that I suddenly opened my eyes and looked around. My heart was open and I felt very balanced and light after meditating with the sounds of the train. I lovingly looked around at all the faces of the people on the car. I knew they were each part of the Divine, and their spirit was infinite. I noticed that each and every person was either reading, listening to their iPod, sleeping, or staring into space. Everyone was in their own world. There were about 100 people on my car, and no one, made any effort to speak or acknowledge another person! As I looked around the car, I was sure if I looked at people long enough with a smile and open heart, they would sense my energy and look up. I tried to make eye contact with my fellow passengers for awhile. I kept scanning the car, and not once, not even for a second, did I make eye contact with anyone on that train. They appeared to all be totally within themselves.
I then sent blessings and love to everyone in the car and my heart felt more and more open. I prayed that everyone on the train felt uplifted in someway that day forward.
Then I was reminded, that we humans feel isolated, all alone, unconnected everyday. We listen to stressful sounds and feel separate most of the time. We are so used to stress, we don’t even notice it anymore.
How often do we take the time to listen to the birds sing, the wind, water flowing, or children laughing? When was the last time you: looked for images in the clouds, were in awe of a beautiful landscape, got a chance to appreciate a beautiful tree, sat by the water and did nothing, had a heart felt conversation, had a good belly laugh, read a good book, or was grateful!?
Our lives are filled with unnatural sounds, settings, and experiences. These are stressful times, and we tend to find ourselves worrying about the future. We continue to feel more and more alone, fearful, and basically, just go through each day on automatic pilot, hoping things will get better.
Regardless of what is happening in your life – you can change how you feel every day! You can literally change your life by just taking a few moments to focus on your connection to Spirit. There are many simple things to be ‘in the moment’, connect to All that is, and no longer feel alone.
I have been interviewing many people on their spiritual journey, and it has been amazing what I am personally learning. What I have been witnessing and experiencing through these conversations, their powerful stories, is transforming my life. These personal stories will be published in a book I am writing “Connection to Spirit, The Tapestry of Waking up and living The Answer”.
Join me at the New Moon Expo on Saturday, Oct 22nd @ 3:30. I will be sharing some of the stories of these ordinary, extraordinary people. In the spring of 2012, “Connection to Spirit” is scheduled to be released. Don’t miss this exciting preview!