My weekend was all about me and I loved it. Being me is one of the most empowering experiences of my life.
This weekend was dedicated to being at the Melbourne Mind Body Spirit Festival signing copies of my book ‘Mum Moments - Journey Through Grief’ at the Phoenix Books Music DVD stand before presenting a seminar, 'Writing as a Healing Tool'.
It was so much more than signing books for me.
Helping people open their hearts and get in touch with their feelings was my highlight. Allowing people to sob as I offered them a hug while they told me their story was a beautiful heart-warming exchange.
There were many that were ready to take the step and pick up my book and begin embracing their journey. There were others who were not ready to step into the emotions just yet. Others wandered by at a distance several times throughout the day, grief radiating from their faces as though they wanted to embrace their feelings yet were never quite able to step forward. I know in my heart they will take steps in their own time and space. Grief can be like that.
For me I know just being there touched hearts and I know each person I connected with touched my heart too.
A FEEL GOOD EXPERIENCE …
Whilst signing books at the Phoenix stand at the Melbourne Mind Body Spirit Festival On Saturday I looked down to find some money at my feet. It was eight $100 notes held in an elastic band. Whoopee … what a find … $800.
I checked to see if anyone at the stand owned it. Alas no one did. So I handed it in to the festival organisers who said they would donate it to charity if no one claimed it. I pondered the thought that for me $800 would come in handy as I went back to my purpose of sharing my story to help and support others.
It occurred to me how it would feel to lose this money and I visualised it being returned to the owner. When I left at the end of the day it was still at the MBS reception.
On the Sunday when I arrived at the Phoenix stand one of the authors told me the owner of the money had come to visit me to give me a hug and say thank you. As I wasn't there at the time she left $50 for me as a thank you. What a lovely surprise.
The festival organisers came to see me at different times during the day to tell me their personal versions of how the lady returned to find her money and her joy to discover someone had handed it in.
I felt special knowing I had made a difference in her life.
The following day I had a phone call from the owner of the money, Sarah, thanking me once again. She deeply appreciated my honesty and I was touched by her gracious words.
Whilst $800 is a considerable amount of money the joy I feel in my heart from returning it to its owner is worth so much more to me.
All in all it was a weekend full of adventure.
(LINK to MBS - 'WRITING AS A HEALING TOOL' Video Highlights HERE)
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