Today for me just felt like one of those days.  One of those “ugh” days.  The kind of day that makes being a spiritual/religious person difficult.  When it’s tough to feel in tune, mindful, and spiritually aware or connected.

The two problems that I had with today were…

  1. The strong feeling of being spiritually “off.”
  2. My lack of motivation or ability to reestablish that feeling of being spiritually “on.”

I imagine that given the recent loss of a pet, I was possibly still in mourning and so I needed to allow those lingering feelings to run their course.  So to deal with things, I breathed a lot, or rather more noticeably and intentionally than normal and I listened to the I.A.O. meditation from Baphmetis to help me calm down and connect which helped (yes, I really did listen to it).  I also made it a point to discuss my “bad day” with a trusting coworker which also helped in getting some of that brutting energy out of my system.  Other times, I just kept quiet in order to focus on the task at hand which functioned as a kind of active meditation, making simple tasks into careful points of accomplishment and peace.

We all have bad days whether we’ve recently lost a pet or not and this is okay, but it’s important to not allow them to drag us down.  Thankfully, if we are mindful, a bad day can be transformed into a time of rest and utilized as a means to achieve some much-needed emotional, psychological, and personal healing.  So instead of giving in, try to use your next bad day as a time of growth because as we all know, any bad day we have is sure to be a long one!

BB / 93


Jen · August 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Your snake sounded charming. I wasn’t aware that they lived for that long, actually. Having lost a furry friend this winter, I can relate, and my spirituality took a big nose dive for a few months. I’m happy to say that watching the spring settle in revived my spirit a bit – but then the turn of a season seems to do that for me.
I hope that as Autumn comes, you find less dark spiritual days and more things that lift your spirits.

    Chris Orapello · August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Jen! Actually according to some websites, California Kingsnakes could live for 15 or even 20 years depending on how well they are kept, but Betelgeuse was what they call a “pet store snake” so his lifespan was expectedly compromised due to his breeding. We also have three Ball Pythons and they can possibly live up to 50 or more years, but two of them are also from stores so they may not live as long as that. Sorry to hear of you loss this past winter. Furry friends are tough to lose. I can definitely see how the change of the seasons can play a vital role in moving on from such a loss. BB!

Lloyd Hargrove · August 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

There is always an action and reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking;
manifested in all of the airs and phenomena of the Universe. Suns, worlds, men, animals,
plants, minerals, forces, energy, mind and matter, yes, even Spirit, manifests this Principle.
The Principle manifests in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of
nations; in the life history of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man.

Need I tell you where this came from? I thought not.

Best regards and watch out for that upswing to come!

spiritual · August 15, 2012 at 1:55 am

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Heather J Gimpel · August 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

It is an inspiration to me to see someone who is in the midst of grieving find the light through the darkness. It’s hard to see the positive in a situation that can be at times emotionally crippling. Hat’s off to you, Chris, and keep the positive vibe going. You and yours will continue to be in my thoughts.

    Chris Orapello · August 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Heather! It’s tough. The empty tank is a constant reminder. Cleaning it out over the weekend was a heavy reminder for sure. But yes, it’s important to take such opportunities as times of self reflection and self processing. BB / 93!

Amie · August 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’m finding when I have those days (or weeks, or longer) that there is a lesson that I’m missing. When I find the lesson, I’m back on track like someone threw a switch.

Also, We are human, and spiritual beings, but we are also chemical beings. I know the physicality of my own feelings of “bleh” can be affected by moon phase, barometric pressure, vitamin deficiency, dehydration (that’s one lesson I picked up from you, sir!) So when I’m feeling like this, I would try to eliminate the other causes so that when my mind is ready, the rest of the Business is on board.

    Chris Orapello · August 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    You picked up being aware of dehydration from moi? Glad to help! Those others which you list are also great things to be aware of for sure! Hadn’t thought of the barometric pressure and actually the weather in general has an effect. Also having enough restful sleep is another one I often faulter on. One thing I’ve learned is that being behind on sleep is a sure way to pull the plug on any projects or planned activities.

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