This afternoon I was meditatively floating in the pool with eyes closed, feeling the gentle sway of cool water all around.
A little girl around 6-7 years old happened to stroll by the moment I opened my eyes and looked up.
For a very brief and very clear moment, in her I saw the eyes of an anguished old soul seeking something she would never find.
Startled, I blinked and the vision was gone.
It was such a stark and real vision that I couldn’t help but wonder if that was her future — would she later lead a life of anguish, perhaps forever seeking the love of her life or a lost sibling or parent she’d never find again?
Or was it a past life or parallel universe moment slipping through in that small moment between meditation and real world?
As I floated away, I felt sadness for the little girl and pondered if she could change that path to a different one and would she?
Certain paths may be set in life but we have the ability to carve new paths as we go. Would she know this down the road of her life?
I was haunted enough by those eyes to want to reach out to her parents and tell them all this and implore them to empower her with the awareness of a life of flexible paths.
Naturally, I couldn’t (wimped out?).
Instead I sent silent blessings to the little girl along with all the light she’d need to find her way in the future.
I won’t ever forget those eyes and the anguished old soul behind them.