I was first formally introduced to meditation when I was in my twenties living and attempting to save part of the world in New York City. I didn’t quite get it then and often just fell back asleep most mornings. I have discovered over the years, if I do not learn something well enough I am supposed to learn, it keeps coming back to me. This can range from anything from my angst over multiplying fractions to how to deal with certain “growth opportunity” types of people in my life. It also happened with meditation. At this point I am pleased to report it has been flowing well for a number of years.
As part of my journey with meditation I have learned many things. It is important to slow down and listen to others and my own body. It is helpful to pause before speaking. Most times people just want to be heard and don’t want me to solve their problem. It is also interesting how I now notice things more; people, place and things seem to pop up in my life repeatedly in conversations with strangers or something I just so happened to read. This is how I figured out what I wanted to do on my sabbatical a few years back. Something would pop up and I would then take a closer look. It is also how I ended up at my new school in a new district. I even explain this process in my interview for my present job – “I think I am supposed to be here.”
One place that consistently seems to be popping up for me now is Asheville, North Carolina. I feel called to go there. I know that might seem a little strange to some. The woman who gave me a massage has a daughter who just moved there, a guy I met camping in New York state is from there, my math specialist has family there…. Even yesterday I just learned my friend from Massachusetts use to live just outside of Asheville and knows a bunch of people still there. Twenty minutes later, I have an email list of links with things to do and see from her real estate friend. It just happens and flows together.
In April I am going to Asheville with four friends this spring break. One pair is exploring it as a place to eventually retire. I am striving to be open to the possibilities. We shall see…