When I was in high school, an all girls’ boarding school, I played Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, and I remember quite well that I had so much fun, and I was very good at playing my role. I was a part of other significant plays, including Macbeth, but I left all that behind me as I grew up. The key gist of this discussion is leaving the drama behind. Drama, I find unfortunately, continues to be a part of some people we encounter in life—at work, church, parties, other social relationships and events, and I believe that we have a choice as to how we respond to that stimuli, because it would determine whether our lives are impacted by other people’s drama or not. Ultimately it determines whether we choose to live in a state of joy and serenity or not.
Most of my friends and family would tell you that I do not do drama. It is the one thing that I can with absolute certainty walk away from without hesitation or regret, and the reason is very simple. It is disruptive and it interferes with a person’s peace of mind. We may find ourselves always engaged in someone else’s stuff, which is often not meant for our own good. It shifts focus, time, and resources from what is important to us to that person’s drama. Some people are adept in creating these disturbing games that it becomes a trap, and it draws you deeper and deeper in to their games. These people are also never loyal to you; they are too involved in their own created drama to worry about you.
I take the stance of walking away at the first sign of drama, because I have come to a place where I enjoy just being. You may have heard that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. Our default, in my mind, should therefore begin from the spiritual, and we should be able to create a space where we can cultivate our own spirituality.
Some years ago, I came across a text from Siva Samhita, 2, 1:5, which talks about the Spiritual Body, and I was mesmerized. It states:
In your body is Mount Meru encircled by the seven continents;
the rivers are there too, the seas, the mountains, the plains,
and the gods of the fields.
Prophets are to be seen in it, monks, places of pilgrimage
and the deities presiding over them.
The stars are there and the planets, and the sun together with the moon;
there too are cosmic forces; that which destroys, that which creates;
and all the elements: ether, air, fire, water, earth.
Yes in your body are all things that exist in the three worlds,
all performing their prescribed functions around Mount Meru;
he alone who knows this is said to be a true Yogi.
I can sit and analyze every aspect of this statement, and become even more familiar with everything that exist in the three worlds—the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual worlds, but I choose to sit, close my eyes and experience this wonderful landscape within the body, which hold wisdom and power. I visualize all these elements within me and know that my God created me to be present in this space as long as I live. This picturesque view brings me to a meadow of peace, tranquility, and serenity. I cannot put enough words to it, but once you have tasted and experienced this, you would not want a hint of anyone’s drama playing at the outskirts of it.
We all have choices in life, and even though we have been conditioned to be kind, I suggest that sometimes we confuse that with having pity. In that confusion we allow others to encroach on our choices with their victimhood, anger, and chaos, to name a few. Our inspired choice should come from freedom, compassion, and love. I am confident that most people would agree that love and compassion never feel like a burden.
So my friends, which of these courses would you pick for drama class? Would it be the chaos, control, and manipulative drama or would it be the enchanting, joyful, and loving peace? I choose the latter because it is puts me in the space of my magnificence, where beauty, joy, and serenity reside.