Stephanie,

I'm actually thrilled that we're skipping a week, simply because it prolongs the class. I was sad that next week was the end. So, for me it's no problem at all ...like you said it will give me more time to experience things and bring them up later. And just so you know, I don't think it's too soon to say that this practice is beginning to change my life. I don't want to go overboard but...the act of stopping and checking in with myself and particularly seperating the talk has begun to change the way I function. I'm doing it in the car, in the elevator, and all the in-between moments when my talk gets loudest. Plus sitting at home. My obsessive thoughts have quieted down considerably and I'm finding myself letting go of things I didn't even realize I was holding onto. I just didn't realize I had a choice. AND it's amazing how much better I'm sleeping. I've been tuning into the sounds outside at night (crickets and wind and such) almost since the first class and I'm asleep in 5 minutes. I've been struggling with sleep for about 8 months. Unitl now. So the sound class was very interesting to me because I had begun to do something similar. Also...I've been learning to play the cello for 2 years and scales and practicing has been sort of a love-hate thing for me. Now, I'm learning to slow down, be present and enjoy the scales a form of meditation. I get all kinds of loud clear talk when I practice...always telling me I'm not good and I need to be more ahead than I am, which prevents any real progress. So it's a perfect time to tune into the vibrations of the cello and my body and the talk stops. Anyway, I wanted you to know what a profound impact this practice is having on me. I have this to hold on to at all times now. I'm excited about what else is to come and how my mind will develop the more I use this. I'm so grateful to have met you. I'm grateful that someone so gentle and awake and experienced could be my first guide into what seems to be the most important endevor I'll embark on....being present.

Thank you.

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