Last Saturday, I attended the Sit in Peace event with Thich Nhat Hanh at Trafalgar Square. The Facebook event showed 3,366 people as going and as you can see from here, it was well attended! I went with two beautiful ladies that I'd met going to see Michael Franti and Spearhead. We had very little time at the concert to talk, but I immediately felt a connection with them and knew I wanted to see them again. Within a very short space of time, it felt like I'd known them for years and we had a wonderful day of talking, laughter, scrummy food and meditation.
During the meditation, I initially was amazed that all I could hear was traffic and that I could have been sat by myself in the square. Then I started to tune in and was aware of things like my friend's knee slightly touching mine and then the steady breathing of the man on the other side of me. I worked on extending my awareness further out and immediately felt on the brink of tears. I can't say exactly what moved me in this way, but on several occasions during the event, I felt quite emotional. Towards the end of the monks' chanting, people were quietly starting to join in with the melody and it struck me as such a simple form of connection.
I suppose all of this was in stark contrast to travelling back on the tube, where eye contact is generally avoided.
I find nowadays in day to day life, it's much easier for me to connect with people around me. I think it's a mixture of my aikido and shiatsu training, and that I'm much more confident now. It can be as basic as a smile or a 'hello', or the other day I complimented a lady on her fantastic shoes! It made her smile and I felt glad for this little interaction before I went on my way.