Are you Enchanted with Life?
I learned something cool in one of my classes the other day. The professor was explaining that when French people are introduced, instead of saying, “pleased to meet you,” they say, “enchanté,” which is short for “I am enchanted.”
What I got out of the professor’s explanation of enchantment was that being enchanted with life is what spirituality is all about.
Spirituality is not about going to church. Nor is it about believing in a certain way because you were told to believe that way. Instead, consider that spirituality could be about being enchanted, no matter what.
In the dictionary, one of the definitions of enchanted is, “to delight to a high degree. As in her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.”
So how do you do that? How does one remain enchanted, or delighted with life, no matter what?
Let’s face it: life happens. Leading a spiritually based life does not mean that stuff we judge as bad or less than desirable is not going to happen. Doing spiritual practices everyday like meditation, contemplation or journaling does not guarantee that we are going to be immune from the ups and downs of life. It just means we will be better able to handle them, and to respond instead of react.
But what if we took it a step further? What if we made a decision to be enchanted, no matter what? What if, instead of taking a walk and noticing how beautiful the fall colors were, we moved in a bit closer, to notice the minute changes in color of just a couple of leaves.
What if we used those minute changes in color as a metaphor for our lives? What if we made a minute change in a behavior, or in a way of thinking? Do you not think that such a minute change might result in the entire forest changing?
I think this is the way we can become enchanted with life, by making minute changes in our behavior and perception. Just a little bit at a time, we can change our entire being, our entire lives. And if you believe that you can be the change you wish to see in the world, think of how making a minute change in your life can contribute to changing the world.
So be enchanted today. Change one tiny little thing, and decide to be enchanted about it. And let me know what happens with that!