I never watch Anderson Cooper. Yet something made me turn on CNN last Thursday night, right after 8 pm.
Within minutes I was riveted. Inspired. And moved to tears.
Anderson Cooper was interviewing Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper at the Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, GA. Antoinette’s conduct during her 911 call while a gunman with an AK-47-style assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammo was on a wild tear through the school is an astounding act of leadership. Her demeanor likely prevented a Sandy-Hook-style massacre. In tandem with 911 dispatcher Kendra McKray, Tuff’s poise showed up every politician and business leader whose words ring hollow to the core.
I don’t much like networking.
And I attended a mega-networking event in Miami the other day. Accompanied by my friend Anne B. Freedman, cherished colleague and impeccably skilled social animal. Over 300 people in the room. Whoa.
Yep, I still don’t like networking. I’m cleaning up my language for you here. My true feelings about the networking charade are way more ferocious than I care to commit to in print.
Learning about breath came upon me early.
I did it in Acting Class when I went to college. I did it with my voice teacher, Joy Mclean Bosfield. I did it when I figured out my rhythms as a swimmer.
And heck, I practiced yoga way before Madonna made it trendy in the West, back in the early 90s.
But the person who really got me to understand the power of breath in a different way was Eric Butterworth.
Do you hear with your Third Ear?
I have always loved the notion of a Third Eye.
According to chakra symbology, it sits right in the center of our forehead. Smack above our eyebrows. It is the place in our body that fuels our intuition and our gut instinct. It’s also the pathway to any psychic powers we may possess.