Journeying to a new location always feeds my soul! I have been in my current setting for three weeks, and the connections have been cosmically orchestrated, it seems by a mystical alignment , affirming central Virginia chose me to come here!
Though I am not musically gifted I joined a drumming circle that my housemate and I happened upon the first weekend I was here. The members of this group are an assortment of colorful characters who are attempting to encourage and teach me how to play the djembe drum! I love the camaraderie and the rhythmic energies provided by each person and the whole circle! Last weekend two drummers who had just arrived from Rwanda showed up and thrilled us with their talents of African fast paced drumming!
Yesterday I found a wonderful bookstore called Daedalus downtown. This shop has three floors of out of print books of every category one could imagine! The smell of old books permeates every inch of the place. Books are piled within every nook and cranny on dusty shelves. The creaky steps have to be navigated slowly as one hangs onto to the railing going up and down. The owner, Sandy, is quite the conversationalist in this mystical land of literary finds. I had an inspirational exchange of words also with a guy I met in the Historical Biography section as we discussed Winston Churchill and the assortment of biographies we each were discovering in Daedalus Bookshop.
The final connection I will tell you about is the Arura Medicine of Tibet located above a French restaurant in the Pedestrian Mall Downtown. On Sundays there is a 20 minute silent meditation facilitated by a volunteer staff person. One of the Tibetan Medicine Doctors joins in the meditation, and when we are finished, he offers each participant a wonderful hot cup of herbal tea! If there is availability the Doctor will assess and/or treat anyone in need following the meditation time.Otherwise appointments can be made. The price is minimal. The intention of Arura Medicine of Tibet is to encourage the continued “preservation of Tibetan culture” as a new opportunity and approach to options for healthcare in this location.
I learned many moons ago that when I am open to new experiences, cultures, and people , the Universe provides unique and positive opportunities! Releasing any apprehensions of unfamiliar situations and being willing to try new things continues to enable me to create new friendships, ideas, and assimilations of the customs and beliefs of those who would have been only strangers passing by me on the street. Truly life is magical!!!