A Woman Receives a Special Gift of Love
Recently I attended an ECK Worship Service. The theme was "Basic Spiritual Principles: Gratitude and Self-Responsibility." It was a nice service, and the topic gave me some new ideas to contemplate.
After the service, I went home. I was still thinking about the worship-service theme, and especially about self-responsibility. Lately, I had been putting a greater emphasis on my health. This meant working out regularly at a gym.
But I had been struggling with this. I liked working out, but I had a hard time making the time to go on a regular basis.
With the topic of self-responsibility fresh on my mind, I realized the only one keeping me from going to the gym was me. I had to take a good look at myself and ask, Who is in charge here? My true self, Soul, or the "little self," such as my emotions and mind?
I decided not to let my little self be in charge. If I wanted to be fit and healthy, it was up to me. No one else would do it for me.
So I changed into my workout clothes and headed to the gym.
On my way there, my heart was filled with love. I was so grateful for the worship service and this new realization about the importance of self-responsibility.
I began my workout by warming up on the treadmill. As I walked, I remembered the Winter Olympics were taking place. There was a small TV on the treadmill. I turned it on and began searching through the channels to find the Olympics.
I searched through several channels until I realized the games weren't on. But I kept changing channels anyway, looking for something else to watch.
Suddenly I saw Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master on television! The cable station was playing a video of one of his talks from a recent Eckankar seminar.
I was so happy! Filled with gratitude, I felt as if I'd been given a special gift for taking the message of the worship service to heart and practicing self-responsibility.
It occurred to me that while someone was sure to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, I had already won the best kind of gold—I'd won the golden heart!
Excerpted from the 2012 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2011 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.