I do not believe that everything in life is meant to be a teacher. We can find ourselves getting hypervigilant with spirituality if we let ourselves. And sometimes life just flows and things happen. For example, sometimes when you drop a mug, you are just dropping a mug! One of my teachers named don Miguel Ruiz said to me once, an accident is just an accident. And he was right too. He is also a master of letting things go. And acceptance for that matter. He's been through his own recovery process as well. And is surely an example of being conscious and human as well.
Along the way, life does provide us with opportunities to practice whenever we want though, doesn't it? I liked the little article from DailyOm today on life as Your Perfect Teacher. Enjoy.
Your Perfect Teacher: Life
The people and situations we encounter every day have much to teach us when we are open to receiving their wisdom. Often we don’t recognize our teachers because they may not look or act like our idea of a guru, yet they may embody great wisdom. In addition, some people teach us by showing us what we don’t want to do. All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, conspire to teach us exactly what we need to be learning at any given time. Patience, compassion, perseverance, honesty, letting go—all these are covered in the classroom of the teacher that is your life.
We can help ourselves to remember this perfect teacher each day with a few simple words. Each morning we might find a moment to say, "I acknowledge and honor the teacher that is my life. May I be wise enough to recognize the teachers and lessons that I encounter today, and may I be open to receiving their wisdom." We might also take some time each day to consider what our lives are trying to teach us at this time. A difficult phase in your relationship with your child may be teaching you to let go. The homeless person you see every day may be showing you the boundaries of your compassion and generosity. A spate of lost items may be asking you to be more present to physical reality. Trust your intuition on the nature of the lesson at hand, work at your own pace, and ask as many questions as you want. Your life has all the answers.