Greetings EDGE Readers!
Just wanted to write a little something to express my thanks to Linda Street and to all of you who attended our Coffee With Linda discussion group on January 29.
We had a really great conversation. Linda was wonderful, as usual, and the group was open and sharing, just the way I've been hoping it would be. I've borrowed the title of this post from one of the evaluations. I agree, Linda did create a beautiful space to be in.
I've read the evaluations and will be sharing the results with Linda shortly. We're going to try and incorporate some of your suggestions in future meetings. If you didn't fill out an evaluation sheet after the program, you can still relay your interests for future programs or any other comment, by emailing me at Ilona.Miklos@westlakelibrary.org. I'll pass them on to Linda.
For the next meeting, I know, Linda is thinking that we'll allot more time for the meditation, for one thing, and I'm thinking of asking her to talk a little more about meditation in general, since some of you have suggested that.
In my private talks with Linda, I know we've discussed the many forms meditation can take, some of them traditional ones we've all heard of, involving assuming certain body positions and paying close attention to our breathing or focusing on something in particular, a word or phrase, for example. But we also discussed other methods, walking or running outdoors, breathing deeply and taking in the beauty of nature; or staring comfortably out a window at trees or clouds or birds or squirrels while quieting your mind. I think meditation is a lot like listening. It's being prepared to receive something, the way you can be prepared to hear . . .
I also think you can meditate while listening to certain kinds of music, or while being involved in some kind of creative or artistic activity. So there are a lot of ways to meditate and I think, a discussion on that topic could be very illuminating and helpful. I have something different up there now, but I think that in March, I'lll feature books on meditation on my endcap display near the 100s and 200s(ask a staff member where that is if you're unsure).