Andrew now has a blog! You can follow his journey here: http://walkingtolisten.com/
You can also check out this video of him someone kindly posted on YouTube:
Almost two weeks ago, Andrew (he and the start of his "Walking to Listen" journey are described in an earlier post- click Walking To Listen under Categories on the right to read more) sent out another e-mail. We know, you're getting it a bit late, but we promise you'll be up-to-date soon!
Something special about this e-mail- Alison Donley and her daughter, Rachel, get a paragraph! Serendipity brought Andrew to their doorstep, and you can read about the encounter below.
The e-mail is posted below in its entirety, click "Read More" (bottom right of the post) to see it all.
Hello family, old friends, and new friends!
I'm writing to you from the beautiful home of Allison Barlow and Tom Hoen in Baltimore (well, I was when I started this letter, now I'm writing from the beautiful home of Jason and Nancy Ann Deparle in Chevy Chase), which means I've taken the leap and the listening walk has begun. The past week totally rocked me physically and it's been a gamut of raw emotion to go with it. Each day, it's as if I'm not only walking miles of road and through corridors of trees and down bristling strip malls, but also riding waves of exhilaration, frustration, purpose, sadness, mindfulness, mindlessness, and, inevitably, exhaustion. And in spite of it all or because of it all, I made it to Baltimore (Chevy Chase). It feels good, really good.
Here are a few thoughts and some brief rundowns of what's been going on day-to-day....
Use the CommUNITY card!
Each year the students and teachers at TLW yoga join forces in a number of fundraisers to benefit the community as well as world-wide charities. One of our fundraisers we hold each fall raises money for the creation of a CommUNITY card. This year was a wonderful success! Alison, owner and instructor at TLW, elaborates:
We raised $314 for the new Community card! Yay! Thank you so much to all who bought raffles and supported this project.
I have created a new CommUNITY card with 75 classes on it for anyone who wishes to try or continue a yoga practice but cannot afford it.
If you need to use the commUNITY card, just let the instructor know when you come in. No need to feel bad- that's what it is for! We are all in this together!
Our fellow humans are amazing. So often in our busy lives we pass by multitudes of people- real people with lives, thoughts, and emotions as complex as our own. Yet our only connection may be a fleeting glance, or brief moment of acknowledgement. Certainly it would be a daunting task to learn the stories of every single individual we meet, but even a few moments of conversation, truly listening and connecting, can make a world of difference. Through yoga, we learn to listen, truly listen to our minds and bodies. This amazing ability can be applied to our external world as well, we need only to listen to our surroundings and fellow humans. Through listening, we move towards unity.
Several weeks ago, Andrew, a recent college graduate, decided to move against the grain of our listening-impaired society and set out on a journey he calls "walking to listen". We at The Light Within Yoga Studio see profound value in his path, and the lessons he will learn along the way. As supporters of connectedness and unity, we are eager to follow Andrew's journey with him, and hope you will as well! We have included his first e-mail below, and will continue to add his e-mails as they become available so you, too, may follow his venture.
Andrew does not have to walk alone. He would love your support and encouragement, so please feel free to e-mail him: email@example.com.
Below is Andrew's first e-mail (click "Read More" to see the rest). Check back soon for more updates!
Hello wonderful family and friends,
I’m writing to let you all know that for the next chapter in my life, I’m going to be embarking on an American walkabout of sorts. Next Friday, October 14th, I’ll get on the train tracks that run through my backyard and follow them to Maryland, taking local highways southwest and west from there. The purpose for this cross country walk is to learn more about this land, its people, and myself by listening, especially to stories of transformation....
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer notable for his innovations in the world of time-lapse photography. Here, he presents at TED on gratitude. Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring clip, you will be grateful you did :)