I love serendipity - those happy coincidences we encounter as we move through life. I believe that serendipitous occurrences can be more than coincidences; it can be divine acknowledgment that we right where we're supposed to be.
I've had many "coincidences" lately. I wrote recently about intending to donate some money, and how all day long I was coming across different articles, community posts, and webinars reinforcing the same idea of how money donated in offering of Spirit becomes magnetized and drawn back to the giver, which then happened very quickly after I made the donation. I then was talking to a friend who had a very similar story: he gave a gift card to someone in need and very quickly had the exact same amount unexpectedly given to him from an unrelated source.
Last week I was giving a talk on visualizations in one of my classes. As I was expounding on this topic that we'd never discussed before, a student said that that very morning she had been reading a book by a Jesuit priest and the topic of the chapter was visualizations.
I had another friend tell me that the blog on fears relating to going vegetarian and abstaining from alcohol came right as she was dealing with some insecurities relating to going away with people and worrying her food and drink choices would be a barrier.
After we moved back to America, my closet was in need of organizing for months. We had just set things in random places in there, and I'd intended to go in and sort it out early on in the settling in process. However, because it was a closet and was out-of-the-way it took a long time for it to float to the top of my to do list. The day I finally decided to tackle it, I put on a podcast that I hadn't listened to before called the Robcast. I was literally in the closet thick into organizing and purging articles of clothing when the host, Rob Bell, started talking about the bigger importance of small tasks such as cleaning out your closet and getting rid of things you don't use anymore. Considering I maybe clean out my closet once a year (at best), and it was the first time I'd ever listened to that podcast, and there was nothing in the title of that episode to suggest the topic would stray that direction, it really caught my attention.
Last year the universe gave me an opportunity to work on my patience in the form of my husband developing a new habit of leaving every drawer he touched open about two inches after he "closed" it. I was bewildered about it at first, hoping this habit would dissolve as quickly as it appeared. When that didn't seem to happen I pointed it out to my husband as light-heartedly as I could (remembering that it is really my problem, but that he could help by changing his behavior). Of course, it takes time to break a habit so I still had many opportunities to stretch in the patience department after I brought it to his attention. :-D In the midst of this curious new situation, I was listening to an episode of Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday podcast when she was interviewing someone (I can't remember who it was) and gave the example of, "so if your husband leaves the drawers open..." In this exact time period where over the course of 15 years of living together I have never noticed my husband leaving drawers open, and I'm trying to gently get him to get out of this new habit and trying equally as hard to not let it drive me crazy, I pick one podcast episode out of the gazillion that are available and I hear Oprah Winfrey use that exact random example of keeping perspective when something as trivial as your husband leaving drawers open is bothering you.
So what does it all mean? I'm sure there are lots of possibilities for meaning when it comes to serendipity. It could be the universe/the divine spirit trying to point you in a certain direction or give you a sign. I think that was the case with the money example from the Money is Energy blog post - I definitely felt a distinct nudge of a point that was trying to be made. In other cases, I think it could be as simple as the universe acknowledging that it sees us. It can be easy to feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but we can think of these types of things as ways that a greater intelligent power is giving us a wink, saying hello, and confirming that we are exactly where we need to be (or, in the case of the drawer example above, maybe giving an extra reinforcement to get over it already, you shouldn't care about that!).
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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