Present Moment JOY on the WWPT
The SER 1 class formally ended at 4pm yesterday. So much heartfelt, intimate sharing and healing occurred for these women. They dived in with me 150% – offering up their pain for healing and learning how to return to balance within themselves. Hopefully all were leaving with a new, deepened relationship with their inner wisdom. Each was formally presented with her certificate and we took this class photo.
The good bye hugging was long and full of tears of joy. Then, they simply did not leave. Not one person. Their faces radiant, their hearts open, they continued to mingle and share with each other. Many minutes went by.
I looked at my sponsor, Simon, and asked if this was normal here in China. I explained that in my 32 years of teaching, when the class is done (and often before it is done) people tend to exit right after the good byes and rush back into their lives. The classroom often empties out rather quickly. The speed of normal life seems to take over again.
Not these women. They were firmly in the present moment of the rich connection between us all. And no one was rushing them anywhere. It was as though someone said to them, “Forget cleaning up the room. Let’s simply be with each other and laugh and hug each other and share more about what just occurred in the last 4 days.”
Next, I was asked to sit down in the front of the class for a powerful Tai Chi performance by two of the women. More mingling, smiling and hugging.
Then suddenly, Rosa, the administrative goddess of this workshop who makes all the details work for us, jumped to her feet and shouted to the group that they should all show me their different dialects. (China has hundreds of them.)
She chose a short song clip, and pranced across the room, dancing with her whole body and saying the words, “You say, You say, You say you love me!” Her lightness and dramatics fired up the room.
Then, before my eyes each woman, (yes, some of them had to be coaxed by others) presented their particular dialect of that phrase complete with provocative movements that made everyone roar with laughter.
It was complete when I did my rendition and then Simon (being the only man in the room) did it for his wife Rosa, ending with a kiss that brought the house down.
We were all drenched in playfulness and joy. What a wonderful time it was, laughing so hard our faces hurt followed moments later by tears of relief for those who had just screwed up every bit of their courage to present themselves in this unusual and playful manner.
In that moment I remembered a quote by Hermann Hesse where he cautioned us about losing the joy in life by hurrying when he said,“The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.”
Well, we were certainly not hurrying and I realized how much of my life I spend planning the next moment. Particularly as a teacher, staying in front of what is happening for the class so that I can guide it wisely.
And here I was being taught by my students how to relax, laugh, and drop into the joy of the moment. It was fabulous and I can feel the glow of it even now as I write this to all of you.
This World Wide Presence Tour has already taught me so much about presence – especially how mine can be stretched and grown, even as I bring my gifts forward to the world.
Thank you Guangzhou SER 1 class for the experience of a lifetime. And thank you to Rosa and Simon Rama for orchestrating it so beautifully and making it all possible. I love you all.