When something is meant to be, you cannot stop it. It’s going to show up when you are not attached and as one might say, “when you are not looking for it or least expect it.” And that is how it works.
Last week I ran across that Eckhart Tolle was coming to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. My first thought was “Wow! I’d like to see him”. He’s been talked about by my shrink since 2009. She has told me to “acknowledge” more times than I can count. As I started looking at ticket prices I said “Wow” again but this time with an ouch behind it. They were more than I expected and a little out of my budget.
I looked a couple of times at the tickets on a couple of ticket websites. I looked and then put the thought aside and did not become attached to it. Just filed it to the side.
This past Tuesday evening I replied to someone on Instagram and after replying I scrolled up to check my feed. And there it was, my direct invite to Eckhart Tolle. It came in the form of an ad that said “Mothers Day Sale”, it was discounted tickets to his event at the Fox. Within 15-20 minutes, not only did I have tickets within my budget, but I also had valet parking. My ticket and valet parking was cheaper than the prices I originally saw when I first looked at ticket prices. Coincidental? I think not.
Every fiber in me knew I was supposed to be there to see him. It’s exactly what I needed for my soul and more confirmation that what I have experienced does exist in others and happened similarly. Eckhart confirmed that by telling a story about getting letters from prisoners who had suffered so much that their misery exploded into their awakening.
For 2 hours I inhaled every second of his talk. I took notes the entire time and stayed in the moment just savoring every minute. In the end, I felt the joyful tears fill up my eyes as I was so grateful that I had an opportunity to experience this moment. I am so grateful that God orchestrated it all for me to attend.
I’d like to end this story I’m sharing with you with one of the many favorite quotes by one of my favorites.
Accept then act. Whatever the present moment contains except it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally; not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life. – Eckhart Tolle