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Tag: relationship

09/11/09 BABY, BABY / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: BABY, BABY

Appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

09/10/09 MAYBE, MAYBE / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: MAYBE, MAYBE

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

09/07/09 THIS PLACE AND THESE PEOPLE RESIDE IN ME / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: THIS PLACE AND THESE PEOPLE RESIDE IN ME

09/03/09 DON’T LISTEN TO THE TEACHER / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: DON’T LISTEN TO THE TEACHER

Appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

08/26/09 YOU’RE JUST SAYING THAT / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: YOU’RE JUST SAYING THAT

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

08/01/09 TALK TO ME / San Francisco, CA

Trailer with lettering: TALK TO ME

07/07/09 HEY YOU I’M NOT LIKE ANYONE ELSE / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

06/30/09 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER BFF / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

Trailer with lettering: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER BFF

05/16/08 OH MY GOSH / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

Trailer with lettering: OH MY GOSH

05/01/08 OPEN YOUR HEART / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: OPEN YOUR HEART

04/22/08 WHATS YOU COOKIN BIG MAMA / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 THE BEAR & HIS SON ARE ALWAYS VICTORIOUS / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 SISTERS FOREVER / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 LOVE / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE DOGHNUT / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 I LOVE LEWAYNE LOL / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 HEY DUDE / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 HARRY POTTER ROCKS / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 DORA IS MY FRIEND / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/22/08 BE THE CHUBBY PENQUIN / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

04/01/08 Entitlement / University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

mantra trailer

After interacting with people all day I noticed that I was nicer and less demanding to the cashiers at Kinko’s, Smoothie King, and the Harris Teeter. Not that I’m rude usually but as a consumer I seem to carry around an inner voice of entitlement. It’s a voice so embedded that I normally don’t notice it. After a day facilitating the Mantra Trailer at the University of Virginia, I lost the embedded feeling of entitlement and noticed it’s absence. Like noticing silence after the repetition of a mantra.

I’m not sure why this happened. Maybe because I spent the day being open to every experience? Maybe from the careful act of listening? Maybe from being in the position of asking for participation? Maybe from relationship exhaustion???

03/29/08 Graciously Accepting Rejection / Davidson College, Davidson, NC

I was at Davidson College the day after their Friday night NCAA win. It was cold and rainy and a large percentage of the student body was in Detroit but I still managed to get 19 people into the trailer. Their mantras were awesome.

I felt a new sense of integration while interacting with people who were less interested in participating. Graciously accepting rejection eased the experience of discomfort for me and the rejecting audience. Letting go of a personal sense of rejection freed me to encounter the next exchange with fewer defenses.

03/28/08 LONELINESS CONNECTION / Durham, NC

02/27/08 HAHA HEE HEE HAHA HA / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: HAHA HEE HEE HAHA HA

This group laugh was recorded at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. There were seven people in the trailer.

02/15/08 PLAY LAUGH GROW / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: PLAY LAUGH GROW

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

02/09/08 NO NO KNOW / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: NO NO KNOW

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

01/19/08 Mantra Trailer Trailer – spoils of desire

This is the third in a series of Mantra Trailer Trailers that explore transitional states of being. An affair of the heart can be irresistible in the moment but ultimately what are you left with when it’s all over?

01/02/08 An Interstate Romance with Ramón Velásquez / I-75 South, FL

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The Mantra Trailer met RV, the Latin lover, on the way to Gainseville, FL. He kept passing us on I-75 with a naughty, sexy glint in his eye.

12/30/07 1st Day of the 1st Tour / Spartanburg, SC

Erika & The Mantra Trailer

It’s raining steadily in Spartenburg, SC. Erika Simon is joining me on the first leg of my trip to Florida. Our first stop will be Atlanta.

11/28/07 BRAVO! / VCCA, Amherst, VA