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Interesting post. I especially liked this concept - "To become a victor, one must first overcome his own self. The problem, if there is one, is the way we are inside, which robs us of our own enlightenment."

This goes along with Gandhi's infamous quote "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

All successful communication and interaction must begin with our inner self. If we're not in sync, then it's virtually impossible to sell our ideas to others and/or operate successfully in the external world.

This is the foundation of most self-help books, and entire industries have been built on this fact.

The first "bow" of respect should be to ourselves, to remind us of the good we've already done - and the good we're about to do.

Jens -- I had been thinking about the concept for a spell, our conversation acted as a catalyst. The metaphor works on many levels as there is the meditation around the concept and the practice, which is the form and expression.

Ignacio -- a smile is a ray of light we can shine on others, a great way to welcome the encounter. In my conversation with exhibit designer Alice Dommert, we talked about how our homes are in fact exhibits of what we wish to communicate about us - http://www.conversationagent.com/2007/06/exhibit_a_domme.html
And our roots (or core) are what stabilizes us as individuals and members of the community. What a fascinating turn in the conversation, thank you!

Probably the constant practice in my "bow" is laughter/smile. I have this energy inside of me that wants to see people smile when we first meet. So, there's always some way avaiable for me to make that happen and start breaking barriers.

Another one is a need to establish some kind of geographical connection. I always go to the "where are you from" question quickly, because our "home" is the source of most of our characteristics, beliefs, wants, you name it. Having this conversation sets us on a "ground" level and allows us to be human with each other.

And, from there, it's on to my favorite part of relationships. Finding out that dream inside of people (most like to keep it hidden) and seeing if I can be of any help to make it happen...


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