Susan Davis has reinvented herself. For years, she ran a company offering real estate classes in 34 states. She traveled frequently and one natural byproduct was stress - lots of it.
On Sept. 1, she will begin offering classes in Meditation to Manage Stress, sharing with others what she has learned from the seminars and books of Deepak Chopra.
The classes will be held in a building on her 15 acres in Carlsborg, where peace and quiet prevail except for the occasional bleating of her sheep or llamas. She shares the property with 17 animals of various kinds.
"They keep me centered," she said.
Deeply into Deepak
"I've always followed Chopra. I watched him on TV," Davis said. Three and a half years ago, she went to Georgia for one of his seminars.
"I sat in the front row," she said, there and at three subsequent seminars.
"I was doing it for myself for a long time," Davis said, but then she sat in on a session about becoming a teacher. After her stressful career teaching real estate, she wasn't sure she wanted to teach, but her interest was piqued by the possibility of helping people.
Davis has talked with people in the medical community about the meditation classes.
"They're very excited about it," she said.
"There's nothing out there in meditation for stress reduction."
Open Door No. 3
During meditation, Davis said, one of three things will happen:
_ Your thoughts will distract you
_ You will sleep or
_ You will "get right down to your soul - that's where the healing takes place."
"I think we're here to help and heal and serve," she said. "I don't think I'm going to do that selling online real estate courses."
Davis has group meditation classes scheduled but offers private lessons as well. Her classroom is furnished with chairs and floor cushions, colorful rugs and chakra symbols on the walls.
A published writer since the age of 16, Davis said "I'm so excited about the writing classes, I feel like energy is shooting out my hands."
Her three-hour Write in Time creative writing workshops for women will include some brief initial meditation and three sessions of writing from a prompt. The prompt might be an unfinished sentence, a question or an object.
Group members will read their writings aloud if they choose to and others in the class will respond.
"No red pencils allowed," she said. Responses are intended to encourage what is strong and memorable about the writing.
Writers who are developing work and want more of a critique can provide copies of their writing selection and request comments from the group.
Her writing classes will have five to 12 participants and will include weekly three-hour sessions for eight weeks. She follows the practices in the book "Writing Alone and with Others" by Pat Schneider.
Healthy snacks will be provided.
Living her dream
Although Davis envision-ed writing workshops for women, one of her first calls was from a man. She is considering a group that includes both men and women writers.
Though she still teaches real estate classes occasionally, Davis said "I'm going to be real choosy about what I teach."
Personal experience has made her more intentional with her time and life. About two years ago, Davis' former husband was diagnosed with cancer and died about four months later.
"I said I don't want to be in that place where I have four months to live and haven't lived my dream," she said.
With classes starting Sept. 1, her dream is coming to life.
Writing Workshops for Women: Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings
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