Paul Luftenegger’s Visit
Let’s begin by dipping back into one of the most beautiful days of June, June 8th to be exact!
On June 8th my friend, the Multi Award Winning International Singer and Songwriter, Paul Luftenegger came to Ottawa for a visit.
My best friend, Jacquie, had been using Paul’s music in her classroom, you can read more about that here, here, and here. So having him visit was a big deal to her class of grade two students and for Jacquie and me too!
We had the absolute pleasure of sharing a few hours with this incredible human being. The love this man radiates is palpable. His energy is big, shiny and beautiful. His laugh is contagious, and his smile overflows with love. He is humble and funny, and quite simply a blast to be around
Paul and I met in the parking lot of the school, and although we were practically strangers, I knew I was embracing a friend. When his shining eyes met mine, I recognized my soul brother, and I knew this beautiful human being was a gift from God for all of us that day. As we hugged, I silently gave thanks.
Walking through the corridors of the school to Jacquie’s classroom I felt Paul’s energy join mine. At that moment he felt far more like family than a person I barely knew. I just love when you meet someone, and you know instantly that this person is a gift from God.
A Dream Come True
When we walked through the classroom door, the children were waiting on the carpet, and Paul found his way to the place they had saved for him. I opted to stand on the outside of the circle and watch as these little children overflowed with joy. I could feel that this moment was magical for all of them, the voice that streamed from the old cd player at the back of the room each day had suddenly become a real live person who had taken a seat in their classroom.
This moment was also sacred to me because a year and a half earlier I sat in my office listening to my one of my favorite Hayhouse Radio shows by Dr. Christiane Northrup. Dr. Northrup was interviewing Paul and she played his song “My Heart. ” His song touched a very tender part of my soul. I stopped whatever I was doing and became fully present to his beautiful music and tears slid down my face. At that moment I could “see” Jacquie and her children listening to his music. I knew this music was sent to heal. Today I was witnessing it unfold before my eyes.
After introductions, Jacquie asked us all to share in a quick meditation. During the meditation, the nervous energy in the room began to shift gently, and calmness filled the room.
After the meditation, the children asked questions they had prepared before Paul had arrived. Paul carefully listened and thoughtfully responded.
Singing with Paul
After the children had finished asking questions, Paul found his way to the piano and sang their favourite song, “My Heart.” As Paul’s voice drifted through the room, in perfect timing, a chorus of little voices, who knew every single word of the song, joined his. Tears formed in the corner of Paul’s eyes and I sensed a profound moment of gratitude encircle us all.
As I glanced around the room, I felt holiness. Every child in that room was radiating love because this beautiful man took time out of his busy schedule to come and spend time with them. One of the little boys laid his hand on his heart, closed his eyes and the peace that rested on his face took my breath away. My heart overflowed.
We decided to create handprints as a way of keeping the children busy and as a way to mark this special day.
We had so much fun, the kids, and adults; all enjoyed dipping our hands into that gooey paint.
The project seemed to sum up our day perfectly as I believe leaving loving handprints on our beloved earth, the animals and the people who share this planet with us is the real reason we are all here.
On the back of the handprint, the students were each asked to finish the sentence, “My handprint of love on the earth is …”
Children are so sweet and loving!
The grade two class also has a quirky, adorable cat, named Faith. I wrote more about her here.
She quietly mingles with everyone in the classroom, and she plays a vital part in teaching love.
This classroom is truly a special place.
Months before Paul’s visit he set out to raise $14,000 to help him record a new album, “Faith.” The students wanted to help Paul reach his goal so he could record his album.
Other students also brought in money and on the day of Paul’s visit they presented him with the small handmade box of money.
This moment melted our hearts.
Paul just finished recording his new album called “Faith.” I’m happy to report that he exceeded his goal. His new album is due to come out in September. I am excited about his new album because I adore his music. I also love that his intention is to inspire and promote love and kindness from within. His mission mirrors Jacquie’s intention in her classroom and mine here on this blog, seems like perfect Harmony to me. So much synchronicity. Afterall, his album’s name is Faith! Hello!
The students also made cards and a book to say thank you to Paul for coming to spend an afternoon with them. The room was vibrating with love and joy.
I love this picture of Paul as he takes in all the love that was being sent in his direction that day. He promised to bring the love he felt that day with him as he recorded his new album. The afternoon was a gift to everyone involved!
At the end of the school day, we all gathered in a gratitude circle, and paused and gave thanks for what we were thankful for that day. The students were grateful for many things including friends, family, Jacquie, Paul and I. The three of us, in turn, shared how grateful we were for every single moment of our afternoon together. So many blessings.
Paul gave each child a copy of his album, and we waved goodbye. The children all left with a big smile on their face and a deep happiness in their heart because they were “seen.” It is as Oprah Winfrey often says “Everyone just wants to be seen.”
After the kids left, the room was quieter, but the love and joy lingered and surrounded us like a big warm hug. Jacquie, Paul and I stayed for an hour or so and soaked up all that had transpired for the couple of hours that we shared with these little six and seven-year-olds.
Later that evening we met for dinner before Paul flew back home. It was an afternoon filled with love and left us all dreaming of another visit where we could all come together and share our gifts.
I am so excited that I have a few of Paul’s Cds to share with some of you. All I ask is that you leave a comment here on my blog or my Facebook page. I’ll draw names and announce the winners next Monday, July 24th. The contest is open to everyone (including family)! Good luck!!