Storytelling at Work
February 14, 2023
Happy Valentine's Day to You!

Here is an inspiring Valentine's Day slide show for you. Includes 21 wonderful quotes on love and vocals by Daya Rawat.

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February 11, 2023
GRAND OPENING: Evelyne Pouget's SMA Parisian Salon

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If you live in San Miguel de Allende, you are in luck!

Extraordinary curator of soul-stirring salons, Evelyne Pouget, is about to launch a series of cultural + artistic offerings in the town that Forbes Magazine, Conde Naste and readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have dubbed "The Best Small City in the World."

"Evelyne's salon evenings always leave me full of hope. Not just for myself, but for our world. The music... the people... the ideas... the rays of all of our creativity, united for a night." - MaryJane Fahey

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Avenue Hercules 39, Colonia Lindavista
COST: $600 pesos

More info below:


What people are saying about Evelyne's salons:

"Evelyne's salons were a highlight of my life in Woodstock. The music, spoken word, dancing and art nourished our souls and celebrated so many artists. Many of my best friends to this day are people I met month-after-month, year-after-year at her glorious salons." - Roberta Wall

"Evelyne has a knack for putting people together to experience the ultimate. Her salons always leave me with more love in my heart than I came in with and reflect the loving energy she always projects." - Elise Pittleman

"Evelyne has a rare gift for acting as a kind of artistic matrix, gathering around her artists, musicians, poets, comedians, spiritual leaders, and thinkers. Anyone who has ever participated in her salons has come away uplifted on emotional, spiritual, and intellectual levels. They are totally priceless." - Cary Bayer

"Evelyne's salons are a wonderful gift to the community. She is masterful at putting together inspiring afternoons or evenings full of culture, fun, creativity and interesting people. We have always enjoyed partaking in her fusion events." - Maryann Erickson

"The most unexpected and memorable result of attending Evelyne's magical events in NYC and Woodstock was meeting the amazing woman who became my wife and mother of our beautiful daughter." - Aaron Barr

"Evelyne's salons are always astounding -- extraordinarily creative gatherings that inspire, energize, and remind everyone what it means to be an open-hearted human being." - Mitch Ditkoff

"I've lived in Woodstock for 45 years. The best parties and gatherings were always at Evelyne's house. I still miss them!" - Steve Pittleman

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ON THE WAY BACK FROM AMAROO: Knowledge in Action


Here is the beginning of a real life "Knowledge in Action" story about my mythic journey back home from Amaroo -- beginning with the curious phenomenon of my first leg of the return flight from Brisbane to Sydney NOT EXISTING! There was no Qantas flight 503 and my phone didn't work and there were no Qantas employees on duty (it being 2:29 am) and there was no obvious way to get any assistance.

But that was just the Fellini appetizer.

The LA to Newark flight sat on the runway for two hours. Then we "deplaned" -- waiting for another, much older, plane to be cleaned and "catered." The caterers, apparently, onboarded enough peanuts, but they forgot the air!

There was no air conditioning! There was no circulating air on the plane!

It got so bad on the second plane, still on the runway after one more hour, that the too-cheerful flight attendant advised us all to find the laminated safety card in our seat back pocket and FAN ourselves with it.

I shit you not.

The uncirculated air kept getting hotter and hotter and we again deplaned while the ground crew (a caffeinated guy named "Clarence" trying to get the air flowing) did his/their best to fill the plane with something to breathe while a few hundred of us -- some having "traveled" 30 hours from Australia -- sat at Gate 72A and waited for the next chapter of United Airline's Mahabharata to unfold.

The good news?

I got a chance to practice Prem Rawat's gift of Knowledge, post-Amaroo -- a chance to walk the talk -- a chance to stay in my heart, be in the moment and adapt as needed, staying connected to gratitude, not just theoretically, via bumper sticker memes, but real-time, breath by breath.

One of the things I love about what Prem Rawat teaches is that it's very practical. It's a lifeline to the moment and the kind of perspective that enables a person to BE wherever they are.

THIS JUST IN! The "missing part" that United was searching for to get the air going has apparently arrived! Soon the plane will be boarding (for the third time today) and if all goes well and no one hijacks the plane to Cuba, I should be back home by 3:30 am.

Oh, one more thing: I will be writing a very loooooong letter to the CEO of United Airlines, requesting a free round trip to anywhere in the world.

Power to the People and a big shout out to whatever YOU do to keep you present and maintaining your perspective about what's really important -- no matter what's going on in this great play of life.

PS: I just reboarded the plane. The air is just as hot as it was before we deplaned. But now there were BLANKETS on each seat.

Photo: Tim Gouw, Unsplash

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