Sept. 1, 2010,
Good morning all,
I’m sending out perhaps what some of you may feel is stranger than the usual email and posting. It’s kind of a letter to my “dear-self”, that my dear-self felt I should share. And so, up front I’ll tell you that this one truly is, and is truly not meant to be too personal or too strange, yet it just may be.
I’m actually happy to keep finding myself in a place and bumping into an experience that one of my dearheart friends and teachers mused on, and seemed amused with, and that is contained here as a paradoxcal teaching….Perhaps even a paradox of a paradox. Or, perhaps bit of a serendipity paradox.
After a weekend of wildness, between our fundraiser with Porterhouse/Microbrew; and the multiple opportunities to meet/learn from visiting Permaculturists Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, a Permaculture Design consultation/teaching/amazing meal at Little Artshram, and then an evening of discussion in circle with some of the Tc Transition Towners considering and configuring how to share our knowledge of the stormy crises of living/healing in a post-oil/drastically changed economy world…..
. ….after all of that on Monday morning……my friends Steve and Brooke and I drank a good cup of coffee at Frenchie’s Famous, down the street from my O’k Studio and had a post-wild-weekend discussion.
For me our friendly discussion seemed to circulate around the theme of leadership and teaching, and how we find ourselves in those places, sometimes struggling, sometimes not, wanting to work from our heart, sincerely, and, finding ourselves regardless “where” we land or call home, in this search/find, student/teacher place. At some point, I found myself giving Steve advice and council, and when it was happening I noticed that I felt in my heart compelled to do this. My heart was feeling, in those moments, vibrant and open and sincere. Steve, in his own right and with many years of experience is a teacher/professor in a University setting, listened, observed and received. Likewise, I felt this give and take with Brooke. We talked about how fear plants itself within us, and how our dual work is always finding that key or “peak” moment of letting go…..in order to actually accomplish the “work” we believe we are setting out to do.
As my day unwound, and I parted ways with Brooke and Steve, I felt a bit like I was skimming just above the ground, and my energy was riding along-side of the 100 degree weather and high humidity so I went across the street to the beach and sunk myself into the lovely water in Grand Traverse Bay/Lake Michigan.
This is when, with the help of the water/the sound of the waves, I actually opened my awareness up, and, the serendipity/paradoxical occurrences continued. And just to simplify, and not keep this true storytelling going on and on, I’ll just list them:
….in the book I was reading, I turned to the marked page to begin and the character, a young woman was speaking to herself, in her mind: “I will never hear my voice twice in the same place. I am the ever-moving River, flowing. If I want to learn, I must teach me of me. If i try to hold me, I burst over every dam and destroy. But I can guide my own flow. SO what can I, my Self, discover of this River that I am, that carries along every bit of beauty and filth that falls into it, every fallen leaf and dead bug?”.
…when I gathered myself and my beach paraphernalia, and picked up my earrings—a special gift from a teacher friend, that I miss deeply, I heard his voice distinctly and clearly calling my name.
….just before tucking myself in bed, to get my much needed beauty sleep, I checked email and facebook for any fast-breaking end of the day news and found two items: an article and an invitation to join in on a webinar (tonight @ 7 pm) which I share both with you now,
because all of this connects to all of that;
I believe in your good work, heart and intentions;
and serendipity paradoxes abound.
with love, appreciation and respect, for you in any role,
Here’s the webinar information:
The Seat of the Teacher, with Dave Jacke
go to: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153604204651114&ref=mf
September 1, Wed. 7-8:30 PM EDT
To live, we must all learn: the Teacher lives inside each of us. Yet, when we choose to sit in the Seat of the Teacher, we take on a sacred trust that opens us to numerous possibilities, responsibilities, and challenges. Let’s explore these together…
And, an article on the same subject:
The Seat of the Teacher
Written on Thursday, 01 July 2010. Posted in teaching WISDOM FLOW YOGA….