I had a busy day at work and I felt like going outside in nature and get some fresh air. So I called my spiritual buddy, Tharyn, and went for a walk in the park together. As we were walking, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and having our usual conversations about the meaning of life and the secrets of the Universe (that’s why I call him my spiritual buddy 🙂 ), we see this man shaking his body in a funny way and making some really loud and strange noises.
What an Old Man with a Pure Heart Taught Me about Life
Not wanting to pass him without knowing what was he doing, I decided to ask him some questions. Yes, I know, I am very curious, but not to worry, this curiosity brought with it some really beautiful lessons 🙂
“Excuse me sir, if you don’t mind me asking, what is it that you are doing there?
What is this practice? Is this QiGong, Tai Chi? What is it?” (I do QiGong and it looked a bit similar)
He turned around, looked at me and with an angelic look, a beautiful smile on his face and a very soft voice, he replied:
“It’s a breathing exercise. It helps cleanse my energy. It helps me distress.”
“And do you do this every day? I mean, do you come here daily to do this?”
“Yes. I do this every single day.
After I finish my work, I come here and I do these breathing exercises for 30 minutes.”
“Every single day?!” I asked him very surprised.
“Yes. Every day.
I need to leave behind all the stress and all the heavy things that I accumulate during the day.
I need to make my energy pure and I need to empty my mind of all the things that happened during the day so that when I go home to my wife and family, I can be fully present, cleaned and renewed.
I need to have good energy for my family and I need to leave the unwanted things behind.
My work and the things that happen to me during the day should not affect my family.
They shouldn’t affect us, so I leave them all here. I leave them all behind.”
He paused, took a deep breath as if he was getting ready to continue with his breathing practice and continued to smile at us.
Both me and my friend were in awe.
Not wanting to keep him from doing his breathing exercises, we smiled back, thanked him for taking the time to talk to us and we slowly walked away, even though I didn’t felt like leaving. I wanted to stay there.
His energy was infectious and I literally got high from being in his presence and from talking to him. I felt so much love coming from that man, and looking into his eyes, I felt as if I was able to see the whole Universe. I understood the ONEness of all things by looking into his eyes. I have never in my entire life experienced anything like that before…
Even though this happened many months ago, while I was still living in Kuala Lumpur, the memory of that beautiful soul and the lessons that man taught me stayed with me till this day and I knew that I had to share this experience with you as well.
That man made me realize how important it is to work on cleaning and taking good care not only of our physical body but also of our spiritual body. Our minds, our hearts and our souls need just as much attention as our physical body does.
We take baths, we shower and we do our best to keep our physical body in good shape, but what about our internal body? What about our energy? What about our soul? Who takes care of them? Who cleanses them? Who makes sure that they get the love and the nourishment they need and deserve? They need as much love and attention as our physical body does.
That man understood this truth. He knew that by cleansing his energy and by leaving behind all the troubles of the day, his life will be a lot better, the relationship with his family life will flourish and the quality of his life will improve.
That man, was not a happy man, but a blissful and ecstatic man. His eyes were clear as the blue sky and the love emanating from him was something out of this world. That man knew what life was all about and he wanted to make sure that he offered the best to those around him by offering the best to himself first.
Why can’t we be like that man? Why can we love ourselves as much as he loved himself? Why can’t we care about the quality of our relationships as much as he did?
Why can’t we assume responsibility for the energy we bring into our daily interactions as he did?
Why can’t we empty our minds so that we can be fully present and engaged when spending time with those we love?
Why can’t we cleanse our internal body just as we cleanse our physical body?
It shouldn’t be that hard.
That man was around 60 years old, or even more than that. It was dark outside, he was tired after a day of work, but none of these things kept him from going to the park to cleanse his energy. He didn’t allow any excuses to get in the way of him getting ready for a beautiful, peaceful and loving evening next to those he loved and cared about.
We are all responsibility for the energy we bring into our homes, the energy we bring into our relationships and the energies we bring into our worlds. Our energy, just like our physical body needs to be cleared and cleansed.
Nobody is asking us to go to the park in the middle of the night and shake our bodies in funny ways and do what might seem to others weird breathing noises.
There are many other ways to purify our energies. Meditation is a great way to empty your mind and purify your energy. Prayer, Yoga, QiGong. Stretching your body, going for a walk in the park, taking a hot bath, etc.. There are all kind of wonderful ways to do these things and if we are serious about it, chances are that we will know where to look and we will know what to do.
If we really care about ourselves as much as we say we do and if we really care about those around us, we will find the time and we the way that works best for us.
Love yourself and be good to yourself because only by doing so you will be able to love and be good to those around you as well. Take good care of yourself. Take good care of your body, your mind, your heart and your soul. They all belong to you. They are all yours. Don’t neglect them. Love and nourish each and every one of them and they will love and nourish you back.
Do you believe that cleaning your energy is just as important as cleaning your physical body? I would love to know what are your thoughts on this. You can share your answer by joining the conversation in the comment section below