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Something New – Part 4

“The challenge of the Silver Gate is to reconnect to our regenerative forces and stay connected to them. Many cultures of the world have traditional practices to accomplish this.” Angeles Arrien
I am intrigued by an Ancient European custom cited in this section that is still practiced in some areas of the world. The challenge is to do something never before tried each month. The custom is to do it on one’s birthdate, but I will play fast and loose with that.
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It seems to me that if something has been on my calendar (moving forward month by month) for several years…it may be time. If not now, when?
And so…off to New York City for an Enneagram workshop. With fear (because I’m not sure if I know enough to even begin). With trepidation (because I am sure that of all the people attending the workshop I will be the least prepared).
With excitement (because I am attending a workshop on a study that fascinates me and has become a part of my life.).
The point is to  be doing new things that stretch me. Right?
Okay, then. I went going to New York alone for five days. That was a first.
The shuttle from the airport was a long wait so I decided to take the bus and the metro. There’s another new experience in NYC. It was a testimony to the kindness of people who helped me get off bus at the right stop in Harlem. And I was beyond grateful to the young man who carried my suitcase up the last flight of stairs from the metro.
I rented an Air B&B in an area that is familiar to me, but as I learned last month, the situation is always a bit of a crapshoot.  I could have stayed in my normal hotel but my digs were cheaper and included (I hoped) a real kitchen and room to lounge about in a homey setting. And as it turned out, it was lovely.
I went to two plays and one opera. In my blessed life I have been to many broadway plays and many live operas – but never alone. And I found that I enjoyed the productions just as much being solo, but I really missed the shared experience of discussing the high points.
And the workshop? Spectacular!
If you have the chance to study with either Russ Hudson or Tom Condon, just do it. I threw myself into it wholeheartedly and reaped wonderful rewards. I met great people who helped me on the journey of learning about myself.
Life Student

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What’s it all about?


“What generates meaning, hope, inspiration, and curiosity for you?” Angeles Arrien

This question has had me pondering for a couple of weeks.

Perhaps it is curiosity? Perhaps it is hope? I can’t really figure out why this has me so stumped. Rather than bounce in and out of the contemplation any longer, I have decided that I will begin writing and believe that the answers will come.

Connection, travel, and learning. These are the things that come to me and they are all interrelated.

Connection is the key to everything in my life. I constantly search for it – perhaps to my own distraction. For instance, in conversations, I have no interest in casual interactions. My intensity in going to the heart of any matter is sometimes frightening, I think. I can scatter a group at a cocktail party immediately. LOL.

Connection is also the key that opens my life to travel. I am not a seeker of new sights. But I am fascinated by cultures the way people move through life in places that are strange to me.  I love the feeling of oneness when I meet people in other countries. How they live their lives might be different in some ways but there is always a common thread of hopes, dreams, feelings, issues…

Learning is an underlying theme in everything I do.

When I was younger and in business I could always re-energize myself from burnout by learning something new. I am still fascinated by new information – but now I am tending to my spiritual path and so most new things involve insight into that practice. Of course, languages are a part of my ongoing learning because of my travels. And learning to connect with my own purpose and joy is always a part of my day.

Yes. Writing helps me process this. I feel as if I have done justice to this reflection.

Life Student


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Buddha under the Magnolia TreeLast spring I met a man on a ship who, when we were discussing parenting, said, “If I could give my children two things, it  would be to teach them meditation and speedreading. That way they could never sleep and learn everything.”

I’ve thought about it a lot. I am a seeker of knowledge. At one time this winter I was listening to Coursera lectures on Modern Mysticism in Europe, Morality in Everyday Life , Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and the beginning of a class on Soul Beliefs. At the same time, I was trying to catch up on some old Psychology lectures from the fall.

I get what I have done to myself. I have changed my daily walks from a time of contemplation to minutes and hours filled with distraction…albeit good information. What I notice is that after years of walking without earbuds, I am a bit thrown off if I don’t have anything that entertains me. My already busy mind has taken on new dimensions.

I realize that it is my personality* to want to do it all. It is difficult for me to make priority decisions because everything is captivating. I hate missing out. F.O.M.S. (Fear of Missing Something) is my middle name.

At this time in my life my best learning is probably not from college professors. And I may not need that stack of books by my bed.  What I need is to practice what I have already learned.  I need to practice love, thoughtfulness, tolerance, compassion, empathy,

What I need is stillness. Perhaps if I learned that well, I could share it with my children.

The Student

*Couple a Gemini with an Enneagram 7 and you have a peripatetic ball of activity.


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