1. Rose

    What an interesting experience! “While compassion fuels creativity, ego is its arch-nemesis”–yes, there are times when you just look at something and want to shout, “The Emperor’s New Clothes!” because it is all ego and no soul, and people can’t seem to tell the difference. I suppose it makes the true and heartfelt art shine even more, though. I’m glad you got to go and listen to the Dalai Lama. It sounds like that part was heartfelt and excellent.

    • Melodye Shore

      He spoke with earnestness and authenticity, same as when I’ve heard him before, in other settings. I know the organizers approached this event with open minds and hearts, but at some point…yeah, what you said. I’m all for jubilant celebrations, but this one seemed unharnessed.

  2. It sounds like a totally different experience than the one we shared a few years ago. It’s unfortunate that the Hollywood glitz seemed to overshadow the whole thing, but then a person can really only play the role they’ve been given, whether it’s “flashy event organizer”, “celebrity”, or “Dalai Lama”. Your write up shows that you are clearly on the pathway to compassionate living yourself, pushing aside your personal disappointment to sharing a (mostly) unbiased report of the event, and helping us to see that everyone shows love in whatever way they can, even if it seems inappropriate on the surface.

    • Melodye Shore

      It was a wholly different experience from the UCI event we attended together a few years ago, Stace. I kept remembering the simple, lighthearted moments, found myself yearning for those deeper connections. This was glittery, yes, and star-studded, but it ultimately fell short of what it could’ve been. But thank you for your very kind words. They mean a lot, and I trust you know that.

  3. Patricia

    Great piece, Melodye! Well described and well expressed with humor, insight and honesty. Glad you “stayed in the room”. xoxo

    • Melodye Shore

      Glad you were in the room with me that day! It was an incredible experience…I’m glad we were able to release our expectations and hang onto the joyful parts.

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