for me, i always try to explain the messages i receive in a practical, every day way, so people can relate and become more aware of the way the universe speaks.
here's an example from the other day, as i promised, regarding the phones. this turned into a few messages for me.
as i was locking the door for class, the studio phone rang. i wasn't going to answer it because class was starting, but i also knew it might be someone calling to say "i'm on my way, don't lock me out." so, i picked it up and it was a solicitation call wanting to speak with the owner. (we kinda know the reason for this call, correct?) i told him that was me but i didn't have even one second to talk because i was locking the door for class to start. he continued with "are you the one who makes financial decisions for the business?" as i'm still locking the door, i said "yes, that is me but you are going to have to call back. class time is now." he continued with "well, the reason i'm calling today is....." in that quick moment, i just had to hang up on him and i can honestly tell you i am the most patient person when it comes to these calls. i never hang up on anyone. i understand they have a job to do and even if it's a polite "no thank you," i give them the five minutes they usually take if i have it. this day i didn't.
class began and suddenly my iphone got a call that rang through the speakers which is , first, slightly horrifying as a teacher, but, second, pretty much impossible because my phone was on "do not disturb" as it almost always is. i even double checked the setting. i gave my apologies to the class and we kinda laughed about it cause i said "what's with the phone calls today? how did that even happen?" in that moment, i realized. wait, the universe has something to say. i shared with the class that maybe it's trying to tell us to put the phone away, it's a constant distraction, but then i thought, maybe not? it's being very intrusive ha! so, the opposite of that is what i considered to be the message. we probably all need to "make the call." what's yours? maybe someone whose call you haven't returned? something regarding your bank or credit cards? or maybe someone you haven't spoken with in a while and they've been on your mind? someone you know could use a good ear right now? i think we all have at least one. make that call.
for me, i knew it was a few "not my favorite" calls; one regarding health care, one regarding booking an appointment. i got them done and it felt good! kudos to those of you who don't procrastinate these calls, if there are any of you ;-) this involves our third chakra, the manipura. get it done. do your stuff. your determination and will power. i come back to this chakra a lot so there's one topic for class with practical examples.
however, back to the "solicitation" phone call. this brings me to a topic we discuss every teacher training and we had just went over it with the current group. asteya, non-stealing. it's one of the 5 yamas in the 8 limbs of yoga. of course, it means "don't take things that don't belong to you" but i was taught to consider stealing of peoples time. in general, i definitely say to make time for each other and give them your full presence. that is becoming lost in society and we need more of it. however, i actually use calls and visits like that as an example in asteya. for this one, twice i tried to be polite and even offered to talk if he called back. he continued to "take my time" after that. for me, this is a violation of asteya on his part. now, the word "violation" is a little harsh so don't read too much into that. for me, the proper response was "ok, i'm sorry i caught you at a bad time. i'll call back." that would've been fine. so, whenever any of us are considering the time we are asking of others, make sure it's good for everyone. you can't always know for sure. spontaneous things happen and we love those! you can usually tell through body language or breath if someone doesn't have time at the moment. trust your instinct.
here's a good example for maybe the other side of that coin. i was strolling through the store the other day (not sure where) but i saw a few people who had clearly ran into each other in the aisles. they started chatting. everyone was pleased to engage in this. i was in the store for a while (now i'm thinking it was target, so we all know how long that can go, ;-) and they were all still standing there talking when it was time for me to go. pretty long time. at least 30 minutes. i realized it was a really nice interaction. unexpected and pleasant for everyone, all parties with seemingly undivided attention. side note, i overheard a little conversation and was happy to hear it was not gossip or any bad news about anyones' health or life. all good things. this is asteya in action. non-stealing of time, and also our second chakra which is our communication and interaction with others. more messages with practical examples.
so, this blog is long but i could keep going ha! the stream of consciousness just starts flowing the more you pay attention to you and what is happening around you and start learning more.
have fun with it!