One of my students at Northeastern University asked me if Ordinary Gurus come once, teach a lesson, and then go away. He said that he has a daily guru that continually reminds him of something that he still hasn’t completely absorbed into his mind-set.
Wow, that’s a great noticement, Ken. Yes, indeed an Ordinary Guru can drop by again and again to remind you of something that is important for you to know. A Cardinal singing outside your kitchen window every morning may remind you that it’s a beautiful day, day in and day out. Such a wonderful gift!
I have a resident guru that lives in my bathtub. It’s a spider. He’s been living there all winter. I have no idea where he’s getting his food to eat, or what he finds entertaining in a sterile, porcelain tub. I would consider such an environment a barren desert, but this spider is very happy there; it seems.
What I find even more amazing about my Spider Guru is that whenever I step into the tub to shower, he magically disappears – whereto, I know not. And, within a half hour after my shower, when the tub is fairly dry – there the spider is, once again.
My Northeastern student, Ken, has now become an Ordinary Guru for me – introducing me to the idea of resident gurus that drop by daily to remind us of something important for us to remember.
The spider is a resident guru that daily reminds me that there is no such thing as a barren desert; there is beauty everywhere. I simply need to take a little extra time to notice. What a great way to begin my day.
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