I shop at Goodwill Stores. I am not shy about saying this…I consider it fun, thrifty, and a “green” thing to do. As I was shopping at one of these lovely establishments today, it occurred to me how much of a form of meditative practice it is. It is difficult to shop at Goodwill if you have a preconceived agenda regarding what you will find. It requires staying in the moment, in order to see what is there in a way that allows you to decide its potential usefulness…either in a creative sense, or a functional sense.
I am also amazed by how often I find just the perfect piece of clothing, in the right color, and often something that will match well with other things I already own. This only occurs, I suspect, because I keep my mind open and my judgments at bay. I, in effect, flow with the experience rather than holding preconceived ideas about what I want to find. This also happens when I need a picture frame to go with a watercolor painting after I complete the picture. I go to Goodwill, and a frame materializes that, when taken home, compliments the painting perfectly. You may be thinking I probably painted a picture which would go with that particular frame, or that any frame would do, but I have been told by others that it is remarkable how well matched the frame is to the particular painting that was just completed the day before shopping for the frame. I do believe in the concept of synchronicity, and I believe my experiences with Goodwill in this regard are evidence of synchronicity at work in the world!
I also believe that acceptance is the key to feeling satisfied in our lives, and Goodwill shopping helps me practice acceptance. If they don’t have a piece of clothing I like in my size, there is nothing to be done but to either feel a sense of resignation at the loss and to get discouraged, or to accept that I cannot have the piece of clothing and move on. With the practice of acceptance comes the possibility of seeing something else which might be just as wonderful!
Isn’t this the practice of life? I use my Goodwill shopping as a practice field for experiencing life in a way that allows me to feel good about what comes my way in my relationships and other life experiences, rather than choosing to feel bad when things don’t go my way. Try it and see!