I created a flyer about Meditation Circles at Stairway Healing Arts Center. I had the notion of pinning the flyer around town to get local word out. Tuesday morning, at our weekly meeting-of-creative-dynamic-and-entrepreneurial-women, I showed it to Maria. She gave me her artist’s view and I went back to the Mac to make some changes. I loved the process of this creation. I was up until midnight playing with it. It really feels like no time passes, when actually the hours slip away. You know what I’m talking about. So I finished-up and felt good about the result. Proud, even. Then I set it aside.
When I saw Maria on Valentine’s Day, she asked about the flyers. I laughed. “I haven’t put them up!” Something about walking around town, blabbing about myself felt scary, intimidating, and completely out of my comfort zone. Sure, I’ve come to do it daily on this blog. I mean, talk about writing your heart out. But that took years of nudging, and excuse-making, and putting-off before I actually got started. The idea of putting my own printed word on the bulletin boards of my community felt impossible. I can’t explain it. It’s just the way it was for me.
“Do you want me to go with you?” she asked. “Oh my gosh, would you? Yes!” I couldn’t believe it. What a great idea. What a great friend. But the next thought I had was the realization that now I actually HAD to do it. Oh no. And I was right, because her next question was, “When do you want to go? I’m free this afternoon, and tomorrow afternoon too.” Oh shit. She had a big smile on her face, because she knew exactly what was going on in my head. With snakes in my belly, I finally agreed to 1:30 that same afternoon.
Maria and Jon both walked through town with me. Jon chatted everyone up in his charming way, Maria carried the flyers, tape, and tacks. Jon teased my nervousness and kept me laughing, telling everyone I was trying this new and very cutting-edge business tactic of actually letting people know about what I was offering. Maria smiled, told me she totally understood my apprehension, and kept me marching to the next destination. Stairway Healing Arts Center, Hubbard Hall (thanks Deb!), Battenkill Books (thank you Connie!), Cambridge Food Coop (thanks Nancy!), Round House Bakery (thanks Scott & Lisa!), Cambridge Public Library, Glens Falls National Bank. We pinned my Meditation Circle flyers next to the flyers of all the other interesting notices of what’s happening around town. It was simple. It was easy. It was painless. It was fun. The hardest part was getting there. And I wouldn’t have gotten there if I hadn’t had the nudging, urging, and support of friends. Thank you so much, Maria. Oh, and Jon too (just getting him back a tiny bit.) You’re both wonderful.
Friday morning there were two new people at the Meditation Circle. They’d seen the flyers. Sometimes, the hardest part of doing something is just getting there. Maria and Jon got me around town with my flyers. They got me there. I think the hardest part about meditation is sitting down. Getting to that place. But it’s so worth it. So healthy. Join us at Stairway Healing Arts Center for daily meditation circles: Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:30am; Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays @ 9am.