I went to Coffee Roasters to get lunch before Faith came over to UpperRoom to do a crafting show and tell and some stitching/knitting. When I was paying for my lunch, a young black man, picked up a $20 bill that had fallen out of my pocket and caught my attention to return it to me.
How nice! When I was finished paying, I walked over to him and offered him a heart. “I make them.” He took one and I offered him a second to give away to someone.
“Thank you.” He said,
“Thank you for your kindness,” I said.
As he stood there looking at them, I walked back over to him and told him about 1000 hearts. So many opportunities to love, to give and to receive.
Yesterday was an extraordinary day and I shared it with people in one of my Facebook groups. I put it here to share as well. I hope it inspires others as much as it inspired me.
Often times, people have asked, “What do you do with your meditations?” In my time this past year I have done many different types of stitching, Going Round in Circles, Stitch Meditations, scrolls, larger stitch meditations, hanten jacket, appliqué, baby dolls to send to needy children, “I found a quilted heart”, Fabulous Scrappy Balls, improvisational stitching… and lastly ‘1000 hearts.” But what has lifted me up, made my little stitching meditations not only for me but for others has been the 1000 hearts.
If you don’t know about this, it was started by a woman in Australia as an act of kindness. The general idea is that you make one for yourself … self love is so important… and make 999 to give away. 1000 hearts has a Facebook page and of course 1000hearts.com.au
I’m on my second hundred and always have both pockets filled with these little hearts to give away. Today, I am filled with so much gratitude that my heart fairly aches with the love of it.
Weeks ago, I don’t even remember when, I went to our local market and when I was checking out, I gave one of the hearts to the young man who checked me out. He smiled and I went my way. Then last week I went in to buy something and the same young man was there.
In the past month I became acquainted with a Course teacher, Nouk Sanchez. She has written several books and for me, she rivals Ken Wapnick for Course knowledge. She’s more heart-based though, I think.
In any event, I’m smitten and have begun their TTC Total Transformation Curriculum. It’s a year-long opportunity to delve deeply in the Course in an experiential way. I’m totally excited.
And as an extra bonus is the other groups they have so that instead of just one group meeting per week, I can join every day if I so choose. Wonderful.
Update… March 2021
Well, it’s interesting how life switches up…in a conversation with a friend, I was reminded of the work I had done on the no-self almost a year and a half prior. As I explained what I had seen for myself, it was as if I woke up from a long dream. What was I doing with all these teachings? All these concepts. And just like that, all this feel away, like sheets of snow off a roof. I departed from the Course on all levels. Stepped back from most of my outward movements with others. Silence. Quiet.
This past weekend I did some consolidation of old journals and revisited some forum posts from a group (Gurdjieff type) I had participated in 2008-2013, off and on. Actually, it was a book that I had read at that time, that got me moving in that direction. I left the group because I had an interaction with the teacher that didn’t sit well with my personality. It took all these years to get over it. Amazing.
But as I read the posts, I realized how much that teaching is where I am now. Probably why I am where I am in my journey. So I’m back for a visit to the group which is still going. Who knows where it will lead, if I will stay for awhile or not. We’ll see.