Today I got to visit with my friend Louise Brooks & her new baby, Beatrix.
The plan was for us to Do Some Inner Beauty Work in Prospect Park. As it happened, the shape that took was: talking for a long time about our lives & what had been happening in them, having a free / not free dialogue under the clearest blue sky, and then walking out into her neighborhood to eat bahn mi. Louise & Beatrix each got a passport, so Louise can keep track of the baby's many names, starting with momo (little dumpling). I walked around with a zafu & blanket & portable Safety Closet tent (with enormous spear-like poles), but the occasion never really arose to deploy any of that stuff. Anyway, blessed times, up to and including the fact of not thrusting the project forward. Wei wu wei is a key Inner Beauty Treatment.
Then I went to see Elana Langer, Inner Beauty co-creatrix, at her What I Live By kiosk in Union Square Greenmarket. She chose an Inner Beauty Passport with Mont Saint Michel on the cover, and while she interacted with various baffled & curious visitors, we devoured a pint of coffee ice-cream provided by her kindly dairy neighbors. I had two more Passport interactions with old friends: at a little green table in Union Square with Jon Busky, and at the home of Miles Finley and Jessica Lysons.
It was really hot today, and, on my way out to Brooklyn, I could feel how tired the body-mind was, from so much interaction, heat, & stimulation. Right there on the train, I listened in to the sense of spaciousness unfolding on all sides. I gave thanks. I came home.
Julie Püttgen is an artist, expressive arts therapist, and meditation teacher.
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