On Thursday, I was asked what I would like to learn in the future. That was an interesting question. At first, what came to mind were skills I already have, but haven’t done for years, e.g. knitting, crocheting, and quilting. And I’m a beginning gardener so I definitely have much to learn in that arena! While those answers would have been true, they didn’t seem like the one I was looking for.
During the last three days, I was at Amma’s Pacific Northwest programs. I reflected on the question from time to time throughout the experience. At one point I thought about how much I love the sound of drums. Many years ago I tried learning how to play the tabla and later the conga drum. With my timing issues, I didn’t get far with either endeavor.
When I went to lunch on the second day of Amma’s programs, I saw my friend Rajeshwari in the dining hall. She was conversing with a friend of hers and I joined them. They were talking about a recent trip to Africa. I knew Rajeshwari was from South Africa, and I have thought about visiting her there many times.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt drawn to go to Africa. While I have numerous places I consider Home, I have long sensed that Africa would seem like HOME! So often it is the African drums and dance that hit core places in me.
I have to admit I have fear of the level of grief I might experience if I open up that place inside of me. As I was thinking about that, the question, “What would I still like to learn?” came into my mind. Maybe taking a trip to South Africa will be part of that answer.
I started paying more attention to Rajeshwari and her friend’s conversation once I heard them talking about bees and other environmental topics. It turns out that Rajeshwari’s friend was Linda Weech, a woman who started an organization called The Children’s International Peace Project. She is doing incredible things in the world. I became very intrigued. The trip she and Rajeshwari had taken was to projects she was working on in the Congo.
When I came home from Amma’s programs, I googled Linda Weech and found a website and a video. I hope you are as touched by the video as I am.
What would I still like to learn? I know I will go where Spirit says go, and there I will learn what I need to learn. Perhaps I have just received some clues as to where that might be.
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