Yesterday Susan Toth Eggener and I volunteered for the Boone Dawdle, a T/F fundraiser! The Dawdle was a ride from Columbia to Rocheport. Along the way there were fun surprises; an advice booth, a rolling sangria/beer bar, trolls, and MASSAGES! Moon Valley Massage Therapy set up a tent at Katfish Katy's (the halfway point on the Katy Trail) and gave free 5-10 min massages to anyone interested. There were so many great people out there.
Later in the evening, we met fellow Dawdlers at Le Bourgeois Winery for wine, dinner, live music, a movie and a beautiful sunset. A truly magical event!
Sometimes I get so into the things on my to do list, I forget to welcome spontaneity into my schedule. Today my Mom stopped by my studio for an appointment. We just kept on talking, then decided to skip our session and go get some iced tea. At first I felt guilty for not doing what I said I was going to do. But then felt better after I realized Mom and I hadn't had any alone time all summer. We both enjoyed the tea and we both enjoyed a break in the schedule, it was quality.
My sister Anne is moving to Kazakhstan for a 2 year stint with the Peace Corps. She's lived in Columbia all her life, and is now moving to the opposite side of the globe. This morning I was thinking of her leaving and I teared up over my breakfast. Family and friends are going to miss her very much.
Anne has a blog too! You should visit it, she's a very eloquent and honest writer.
Hearing is something most people have, listening is a trait we could all work on. Often when I'm "listening" to someone, I find myself distracted by my own inner dialogue.
Listening is meditation; a practice in being present.
In meditation, you concentrate on your breath or a special mantra you say silently over and over again. If a thought arises during meditation, you gently set it aside and return to your breath. This practice is a way of honoring oneself.
This practice can also be effective with listening. Honor your friends by being fully present when listening. Concentrate on what they are saying and how they are saying it. Recognize when your own thoughts arise, gently set them aside and return to listening/honoring your friend.