Expo experience

In the past month or so, I’ve participated in three metaphysical expos as a vendor and presenter for the first time. Very exciting since I only started playing the singing bowls publicly a year ago in July. (Of course, I have worked with the Himalayan bowls for 11 years now, but it’s the gem crystal bowls that pushed me out the door.)

Some of these events I’ve been waiting for to occur for months. One happened by those wonderful synchronistic events that my life keeps displaying with the bowls. All of them held experiences I could never have anticipated.

The first event taught me to get there early. More options may be possible, when details are still being decided and work crews have not been unduly harassed. I was the only vendor to get an eight-foot table in addition to my six footer due to my arrival time and request. I also learned to let someone else do the job, if they are more suited to it than I am. If you see my beautiful glass case display, know that I did not assemble it and that I bless the ground of the one who did.

The second event taught me limits. I did not know that cars could be so weighted that you would ruin suspension systems with too many metal Himalayan bowls and even gem crystal bowls. When my partner looked at his car after I had packed it with everything I felt was needed, I learned that I could make choices and prioritize quickly. My other lesson was — Offer people a deal at an expo. They’ve paid money to get in, and they would like to know that you’ve considered that and are offering them something special in price.

At my most recent event, The Universal Light Expo in Columbus, OH, I paced my energy. Given we were there for 11 hours the first day and 8 hours the second day, I knew how important that is. I have worked this expo with The Crystal Guy from Cincinnati before, so I was aware of the need for food and water and to get out of the booth! What a fun time though. The energy at this Expo is terrific, and I highly recommend it, with 330 vendors, 150 workshops (many of them free) for $10 admission. Here, I just kept being surprised by people (usually in good ways) and enjoying so many different aspects of introducing singing bowls to people and bowls to people that I lost count of the ways.

Of course, the most important piece is to have fun. While I may forget it at times in the hectic quality of an event or the challenge an individual presents, mostly I remember. What a joy to play with wonderful beings.

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