September 14, 2013
In the last year, I've found that doing yoga and getting massages have helped me to slow down and be more thoughtful (and reduce blood pressure). I'm really in a different, more observant, calmer frame of mind after both. I like the way I think then.
Yoga, of course, is Eastern, but my massage therapist also has Eastern symbolism, etc. in her massage room. I'm so used to the busy-ness of churches that I've been wondering if there is any strand of Western Christianity that encourages this kind of slowing down and awareness, but I hadn't gotten beyond wondering.
When I first found out that our church is having a workshop on Centering Prayer, I was really excited. Unfortunately, it's the same day as as the Durham Pride Parade that we've gone to the last three years.* I should try to find books on Centering Prayer.
Dear husband was talking to the guy setting up the sound system at The Depot in Hillsborough yesterday evening. This gentleman plays a number of instruments including the mandolin, drums, guitar, and the tuba. He mentioned that he'd be playing in the Pride Parade in a few weeks. He's the sousaphonist for The Bulltown Strutters, a wonderful, New Orleans-style community parade band. We've seen them in the Pride Parade and in the Hillsborough Handmade Parade. Dear husband said he'd cheer him on in a few weeks.
Here are the Bulltown Strutters in last year's Handmade Parade:
* It's also a really busy weekend because the Gallery Players in Burlington are performing Fiddler on the Roof (and we have a friend in the cast), and the Carrboro Music Festival is that Sunday.** Being an introvert and knowing that this would make me exhausted, I've told the guys that I'll talk to them as much as they want at these events, but I will probably be really un-conversational the rest of the weekend.
** We also usually go to the Duke Gardens fall plant sale on Saturday morning, but we'll have to skip that this year.
[The polar bear was on the Durham Scrap Exchange truck in the Pride Parade two years ago.]