When Nancy’s move to Maine began and she could no longer get together on Tuesday morning’s for our meeting, Mandy and I continued meeting. Not always on Tuesdays and not a the Central House, but we were dedicated to keeping it going. Then, Mandy suggested we invite Athena Burke to join us. I first met Athena at Friday morning meditations at Mandy’s Practice, Stairway Healing Arts. After that first mediation a few of us got into a conversation and I immediately connected with Athena. At the time she was just opening her new music studio and performing arts center The Music Sanctuary in Cambridge NY. (Athena’s a Devotional Musician and Spiritual teacher, she sings throughout the US but has some local performances scheduled this summer. You can see more about her and her work on her blog www.athenaburke.com)
Since then, we’ve seen each other around town, meditated together and drummed together at the Hubbard Hall Drum Circle. But this morning, at the Round House Cafe, I got to know her a little better. I was delighted and knew Athena would be a great addition to our morning meetings when we were discussing a new idea that Mandy had for her Massage and Meditation Practice. “So we’re being honest here right?’ Athena asked. When Mandy and I both agreed that we wanted her to be honest, she clarified “So just honest, or really honest?” And then we were off, ideas flew between the three of us. By the end of the hour I was downloading Athena’s new CD “With Love” on my iphone (her first on itunes) and Mandy had a slew of new ideas to think about. At 9am we all made our way upstairs to meditate. (Conveniently, Mandy’s practice is right up stairs from the Round House Cafe.)
I’m looking forward to next Friday morning when the three of us will get together again. And we can be really honest and really encouraging and really helpful to each other.