A New Take On The Weekly Grocery Run

AnnieBurnside3 2Remember in our twenties, when the grocery store seemed the perfect place to meet your soul mate. Well, times have sure changed for me!

Now a regular old trip to the Safeway provides an optimal opportunity for a full-blown spiritual experience, seriously…

I had another grocery store out-of-body recently—that’s right, at my local grocery store I often experience mystical moments or rather deep feelings of connection with the deli counter server, the produce man and the bagger.

While it is true that grocery shopping is not typically at the top of my list as a rip-roaring ball of fun, and yet, time after time, as I enter the store in purposeful surrender and gratitude of the necessity and capacity to feed my beloved family, I open myself to the magnificent current of life found there and everywhere.

During one such experience, perhaps psychotic episode to some, but now for me often the best part of any day no matter where it occurs, I chatted with the cashier and observed her closely.

What I perceived brought a tingly sensation across the top of my scalp, breathlessness to my chest area and tears to my eyes—the tears not because I felt pity for someone having to do what may appear to be a mundane job to many people, but because I felt in the energy between us a timeless place where we are eternally connected.

Yes, in the here and now behind the physical masks, it can be difficult to detect the true oneness that belies all of life, but I am here to say that this type of paranormal perception is indeed possible for each and every one of us, and not only in Eat, Pray, Love style, but as a natural occurrence within our everyday reality.

More and more, many people are desiring some type of personal spiritual practice as a treasured aspect of their week—meditation, gong baths, workshops, yoga—all fantastic gateways to the divine, but for many unrealistic as a continuous option throughout a normal day.

In other words, YES the hour and a half in the downward dog opens us to a larger perspective, but as we move further away from the mat, we slowly lose our sense of peace and calm, especially when we have to grocery shop much later in the day.

But in my years on the spiritual path, I have come full circle to realize that the true path is no path, but simply my life lived consciously and well (Tweet-worthy!) —spirituality in action—not something that is saved for specific endeavors that society deems elevated in some way.

A spiritual practice comes to encompass our way of being in the world—towards ourselves, others and LIFE in general.

In actuality, there is no mountaintop to climb, but simply a typical neighborhood street to savor and delight in.

While everyday life can sometimes seem status quo at best and downright drab at worst, the inner experience of it can shine light in even the darkest crack.

If we can really see what lies right in front of our nose beyond the surface of a first glance, a whole new shiny world becomes readily apparent—YES, even while standing in line at our local grocery store.

And If we really want to get crazy, try a long line at the post office during the holidays just as the sun goes down at 4:30pm.

If you can pull off feeling the Oneness there, then give me a call, because you have just stepped into true master status!




A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed. is a soul nurturer, award-winning author, and teacher specializing in parenting, conscious relationships, authentic living and spiritual development. Her book Soul to Soul Parenting won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award. Connect with Annie on Facebook and engage with her on Twitter.

  • love it!

    • Annie Burnside

      Thank you, Fe!

    • The Daily Love

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  • Linda

    Annie- Love this way of being. Particularly when I am going through difficult times, I try to be awake and aware of my spirit and energy with all people I see all day long. It can be the most awesome experience to connect to the people along the way– the Starbucks barista, the Street Wise vendor at the doorway, the people in line… Thank you for your wonderful posts!!

    • Annie Burnside

      We are cut from the same cloth, Linda! So wonderful for me to find such camaraderie here. You have highlighted three more possibilities. They are truly endless. Much Love, my friend! Annie

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  • Lo

    Finding your spirituality in a Wal-Mart or airport is one of my favorite things to do. Anyone can be at peace on a beach, mountain or a retreat. When you are home and in the pit is the best experience. I loved your blog, great job!

    • Annie Burnside

      Thank you, Lo! I am simply loving these comments and the unique insights that are being shared. I hope that all read the comments, too. At home in the pit… YES! Thanks and Love, Annie

    • The Daily Love

      So true, Lo!! Taking on a new place to find spiritual peace is a really neat exercise! Thank you for sharing!
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  • David H. Breaux

    Hi Annie,

    Thank you for sharing this story. I hear you. We are always that Light, that Love. All ways.

    I recently read of someone who experienced a spiritual awakening at the DMV. Made me laugh and see the DMV in a whole new way. Guess one has a lot of time to meditate while waiting for their number.

    With compassion,
    David H. Breaux

    • Annie Burnside

      David, thanks for the laugh! Now that’s a doozy and yet the EXACT point of the possibilities invited in my post. Really appreciate you once again adding much to my blog!

    • The Daily Love

      Thank you, David! Such a great share!
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  • Erika

    Yes!! Thank you, Annie. Let’s pass it around.

    • Annie Burnside

      Let’s pass it around… Love how you put that, Erika!

    • The Daily Love

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  • Kaysee

    Thank you so much for this!

    A year ago, I was alone for the Christmas holidays; it was a really sad time for me, even though I was in denial and walking around like it was okay. One night after work, I went to the grocery store because I had nothing to eat at home and I could only muster up the energy to pick out a can of soup, a Maywest and a can of cat food. Everything just seemed so dark around me. I looked at my stuff pathetically before it was my turn at the cash. The woman at the cash looked at me, and put my stuff through and asked me how I was doing. I couldn’t answer , I felt tears well up in my eyes…I was just so…so sad. What I was expecting—this is why I don’t like to show my emotions in public–was an awkwardness, and disapproval. I just couldn’t help it. Instead the woman stopped what she was doing, and reached out and grabbed my hand and held it. All she said was “I know honey, I know…the holidays, they are hard…they can be really hard”. For a moment, it felt like she was an angel; the tears fell but her hand touched my heart and I felt human and normal. I will never forget that peaceful compassionate moment. I felt like I was connected. Wherever we go, we will find these earth angels and it doesn’t matter where, or what they do, or what WE do. As long as we are conscious and recognize the love and humanness in everyone.

    • Annie

      Kaysee, no words except what a most beautiful and poignant share… And, thank you… Annie

    • The Daily Love

      Such a beautiful story, Kaysee! Thank you so much for sharing!!
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  • I have had this experience several times at airports so I call this state of bliss “Airport Love”!! 😀

    • Annie

      Oh Yah!!!!!

    • The Daily Love

      Awesome, Niloo! Thank you for reading!!
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  • Mike Vecchio

    Life crackles with a fullness as we truly pay attention in the moment! This, even with our lists, allows ups to savor life!! For me this article is a reminder to savor life everywhere… Thank you, Annie, for providing that reminder. Your articles are usually a journey for me and this one fits right in there!

    • Annie

      Thank YOU, Mike! Looking so forward to our chat:)

    • The Daily Love

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