What a weekend! I facilitated the monthly Death Café on Friday evening in my favourite eco café, L’Exquisit and we were nineteen, a record breaker and hardly any room left to move! Although I try to propose different ways of doing things, the group always seems to want to remain in the big circle and talk, one by one. However, if numbers continue to rise, we’ll have to occupy the whole café and not just the back room!
This meeting was a little bit different as I was inspired to ask at the beginning, along with each person’s introduction, for everyone to share a quality that they believed people would use to describe them when they were no longer here! That shook things up and some found it a little surprising to think that far ahead. I went back to qualities at the end of the session by asking everyone what quality they would take with them until the next meeting, one that they would imbibe, include and inspire in their daily lives – mine was faith, oh and being present, I wanted two qualities!
The monthly meetings are always moments of insight with the wonderful experience of hearing from other people and enjoying their take on matters. Each meeting attracts many new people and I love seeing the core members there, time and again.
As usual, it all too soon came to an end but the next Mallorca Death Café will be on Friday 17th June at 6.30pm – all welcome and although the meeting is conducted in Spanish, there is always translation available.
The weekend continued with a wedding on the beach at which I was invited to officiate the ceremony. I had worked closely with the couple to get the ceremony just right and wow, didn’t we do well! It helped that the couple – not a first love but definitely a match made in heaven – were two people enjoying a thoroughly “conscious relationship” as demonstrated by their thoughts and opinions on what marriage meant to them which was shared in the ceremony.
I was truly honoured to facilitate this moment in their lives and the groom spoke about conscious commitment whilst the bride added that freedom can be found in the commitment two people make. Their relationship is at once a mature one and totally childlike in its innocence. And to top it all, the some fifteen young people and children there were mesmerised by the more than half an hour we took for the ceremony. Never have I seen such full and present attention and to see it from young people took my breath away.
From the wedding, it was onto see first born perform his gipsy jazz duo with him on guitar and singing accompanied by young Gavin on guitar. He is a natural that boy (dare I say he takes after my side of the family!!) and his humble confidence on stage is a delight to see. His voice is a gift from the gods and his hard work and dedication is plain to see. The two young musicians worked hard to please us with their sound and my only complaint is that society has forgotten how to listen. Luckily, there were some audience members who took no hostages and shushed for people to stop talking!
Special moments, they come and they go, and when they come, so many at once, life is pure wonder!
L’Exquisit – eco café located in C/Rectoria 2, Binissalem
Djaume Reinhardt Jazz & Swing – available for weddings, concerts and private events, contact Noah on +34 630 590 262
Mallorca Death Cafe – monthly meetings in L’Exquisit or ask me about hosting your own
Wedding celebrant – http://www.glynisgermancelebrant.com