Centered in the City is all about authentic spaces--and that's why our blog features the voices of our "Citizens." Enjoy this "real talk" interview series with the people of Centered in the City and how they stay centered.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE STAYING CENTERED IN YOUR CITY?
I really wish I could say something like "My half-hour daily meditation followed by my hill sprint intervals and kale+avocado smoothie!" Sadly, a lot of practices I "should" do still evade me. The only one that I'm semi-consistent with is journaling.
If I can count this as a "practice," I've cultivated high capacities for gratitude, appreciation, and admiration. It's amazing what it does for one's resilience.
I also make time with my closest friends: I've been blessed with extraordinarily wise, insightful, and caring friends who are also gifted conversationalists. I owe them a lot for any resilience and "centeredness" I can claim.
Oh, and if "laughter is the best medicine," then my three-year-old nephew is the best doctor!
What is your favorite Centered in the City event or workshop you have been to? Why?
Tough one: all of them are good! If I had to choose between "WTF is Meditation?" and "Empower Hour," I'd give the edge to a couple of the Empower Hours where the conversation has hit perfect sweet spots between validation and insight. Recent years have taught me just how immersively fascinating it is to experience other people when they're being their authentic selves; People do that so readily at Empower Hour.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CENTERED SPACE IN SEATTLE?
This one is also tough (too many good choices!): On beautiful days like we've been having, I could go for finding a cozy spot in Volunteer Park to read something not related to work, having a glass of wine at the Volunteer Park Café, and falling into a conversation with a stranger out walking their dogs nearby. But if I think about it again some other time, I might have a different answer.
What’s your favorite song to sing to while in the car or walking down the street?
Hearing me sing isn't pleasant, so imagining me sing can't be much better, but I'll be a good sport and answer: "Dancing in the Dark" (Springsteen); Its lyrics hit home as I made a lot of changes in 2015.
WHAT KEEPS YOU ENGAGED IN THE CENTERED IN THE CITY COMMUNITY?
Everything about it! You've struck the right balance between fresh and familiar in activities and topics. You also attract some of the smartest, most positive, and most emotionally mature people one could hope to be around.
Months ago, a Centered in the City friend sent me a social media connection invite. I gave her a friendly warning that my page is non-stop saturation in my political ideology. This was her exact reply: "Just do you. Honestly, I like people who are their authentic selves - on FB, in life, etc. and willing to stand for something." That, to me, symbolized what's so right about this community.