Earlier I posted on the Meditate Madison Facebook page about today, April 1st, being the two year anniversary of opening the studio. It is bittersweet in the sense that I cannot celebrate the way I would have loved to do so and with all of you with a free Community Day. I have been doing so with the free classes, talks and meditations I have been posting on the Facebook page and on the website.
Your support over these past two years has meant the world to me. I know that what I have offered online since Coronavirus has entered our daily lives, has been a gift to you as it offers us all a chance to bring calm into the chaos. Thank you for your messages, I treasure them.
As I think about the idea of “giving” and what it means to me, I know that’s all I do know for many years in the non-profit world, as well as non-traditional and traditional spiritual ministry. I never thought differently than “How can I serve others?”
It is through these eyes of service that I have dedicated my life. I was impressed in the early 90s not only by my own spiritual path I chose, but also through a week-long workshop retreat I attended when I was in what is now called AmeriCorps.
It was presented by the Greenleaf Foundation. Its founder, Robert Greenleaf, was a proponent and founder of Servant-Leadership in the 70s. I’ll share with you more about the Greenleaf philosophy below.
At this time of crisis in our world, the teachers of peace are vital to helping all remain calm. As you know, that is what I do as a meditation, yoga, and spiritual teacher (besides everything else I do). There are teachers like myself who have been practicing for many years (for me 40 years) and dedicated to service. You can witness their offerings on their websites, Facebook and via email. Then there are those who are newer on the scene trying to make a buck with only a few years of seeming practice. They produce glossy, eye-catching materials but from a materialism mind-set. It is a time where we are seeing this in various areas, hand sanitizer included! It’s important we work together, as stated one time by Spock of Star Trek, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
So think about where YOU can GIVE to others who may be in need of support. Maybe it’s not financially, but maybe it is by picking up the phone and checking in on someone who may live alone, maybe it is supporting local businesses so they can thrive, maybe it’s meditating and being as calm as you can be as it raises the vibration of the rest of the world.
Okay, so I went off on a tangent there. I truly care about people especially now when people are so vulnerable and some of whom are out of work because of COVID-19.
As you know, I have always kept my studio group and private fees reasonable and even worked with people to pay a lower fee, barter, or attend freely. For me, it is important that people receive the tools they need to remember peace.
Of course, yes, I still have to pay rent, insurance and other expenses. In fact, as an anniversary “gift” my rent went up! I pray that I will be able to outlast the pandemic closure and return to normal operations along with the world when we all do.
I can work with you privately if you so choose at this time with meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga, you name it. The Crystal Singing Bowls are a little harder to do remotely, but I could do a remote session if requested. Listen to the audio from a Livestream I did a week and half ago.
I thank you for your support in the past, now and in the future when our lives return to normal. It may be a bit, but we can be in this together. If there is anything I can do for you, offer, talk about, have a meditation about, just let me know. One thing I do miss is playing the Crystal Singing Bowls for you!
Thank you again and Namaste!
Read below the audio the inspiring words of Robert Greenleaf.
Earlier I talked about Robert Greenleaf, I share with you some of his ideas from his booklet, The Servant as Leader.
The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?
…Awareness is not the giver of solace – it is just the opposite. It is a disturber and an awakener. Able leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed. They are not seekers after solace. They have their own inner serenity.
A leader must have more of an armor of confidence in facing the unknown – more than those who accept his leadership. This is partly anticipation and preparation, but it is also a very firm belief that in the stress of real life situations one can compose oneself in a way that permits the creative process to operate.