22 May 2018 Evert van de Ven

Meditation on becoming famous

It started with just a post on Facebook, one in a billion a day, of a guy in Freiburg who’s music was inspired by the work of Eckhart Tolle. I listened to it and I believed his voice, his words and his music, it felt very authentic to me. So I got in touch with him if he was in for a co-creation, his music combined with my awareness training as part of the Power Flour Journey. I explained to him that I always use music in my trainings and that live music gives such an extra dimension, as it is created on the spot…right here and now…what more do you want for a Live Now Workshop.

Erik Git Thoma, the singer-song writer, didn’t give it a second thought and agreed straight away. So we had a few chats, mainly about soccer, over the phone and yesterday was the day we first met in order to get our story straight for the Live Now Workshop we are due to offer coming Friday in Freiburg. We met in a small Biergarten –no I’m not going to say it- and it was brief and nice; a handshake, a hug, a cup of coffee that didn’t come through as the new waitress forgot all about it. We agreed to meet again today, doing an experiment in the city center with Git playing his music and me trying to get people into a connective meditation circle.

It was quiet on this very spring like Pentecost Monday as we arrived on the square near the beautiful Munster of Freiburg. We unpacked our stuff near a fountain in which a pair of ducks felt totally at ease with us being around witnessing their spring game. There weren’t many people around but Erik’s music very fast drew the sincere attention of a young boy sitting with his parents and younger brother enjoying an ice cream. He stood up, came closer and with his arms folded over his chest he listened very carefully.

He moved back to his table to join his family again, came up to us to throw some money in Erik’s guitar case – 7,30€ he collected so no dessert today- , went back again and circling around us like a very shy young tiger waiting for the right moment to come in for his very first kill…. The music stopped and there he was….’can I have your signature please?’, he politely asked. Erik got his pen out and a piece of paper, wrote his signature down and with a big smile he gave it to the boy full of wonder. ‘Thank you, this is my first signature of a famous person…’. And off he went, showing his treasure to his family members. What a beautiful meditation we had.

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