Music That Frees You When You're Trapped In An Office

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sometimes a song comes on that sets you free, like a fresh wind off of a lake.  It is so magical when, surreptitiously, an incredibly fitting piece of music plays at just the right moment.  Certain songs can evoke an open field on a summer evening, even when you're holed up in a gray office with wall to wall green carpeting.

These songs never fail to inspire me: 

Valentino by Diane Birch
Ave Maria by Liber Luminosa
Airwaves by Ray Lamontagne
Dog Years by Maggie Rogers
Alaska by Maggie Rogers
Havana by Camila Cabello
Sweet Lord by George Harrison
Call It What You Want by Taylor Swift
Straightjacket by Quinn XCII
Numpty by Paolo Nutini
Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking is a portrait of grief during the year following her husband's death.  She pinpoints the vagueness and totality of grief accurately and beautifully (based on what I experienced), cataloguing her unwillingness to throw out the last of her husband's shoes, for the wish that he would somehow one day return.  This book encourages inward thinking, self healing, and offers a perspective with distance - a perspective that illuminates what truly matters in life... As Joan writes, life can change in an instant.

"We have no way of knowing that the funeral itself will be anodyne, a kind of narcotic regression in which we are wrapped in the care of others and the gravity and meaning of the occasion.  Nor can we know ahead of the fact (and here lies the heart of the difference between grief as we imagine it and grief as it is) the unending absence that follows, the void, the very opposite of meaning, the relentless succession of moments during which we will confront the experience of meaninglessness itself."

At the same time that her husband died, Joan Didion's young adult daughter was in the ICU, in a coma.  This combination of trauma is baffling and The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan's attempt to piece it all together, to swallow and face the drastic upheaval that occurs.

Healing Sickness and Other Priorities

Monday, January 8, 2018

It can be difficult to find real balance or harmony in a society where priorities are not necessarily aligned with well-being or operating at one's highest potential.  I often hear others complain about a situation relating to imbalance, though many resentfully accept where they are, too complacent or overworked to evoke a meaningful lifestyle change.  I have experienced this before myself and now know that when I feel that nagging feeling of unrest, it is time to take action and invoke change.  An imbalanced lifestyle can create a space for sickness - a quick cold, the flu, or even more debilitating states. 

A few weeks ago, I felt the onset of a cold.  It came after feeling run down for a few weeks - both physically and emotionally.  Rather than tackling both of these issues head on, I was too overwhelmed to act timely.  I settled into them and got sick and along with the cold, came some negativity.  I felt the urge to complain - which is not very typical.  I turned to meditation and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday for a pick me up.  It became apparent that I was not validating my worth.  In allowing myself to be run down physically, and spiral into negative thinking, I was ignoring my innate worth as a human being to be well treated.  I changed my thought patterning and reprioritized what was important (ie. health is more important than work, socializing, etc.) and suddenly I felt better.  And it was like I'd never been sick at all.  I am by no means an expert, but I've witnessed these pillars in action and intellectually they make sense.  Getting sick is a warning for me to listen to my body more closely - to ask for grace and calm.  It is all knowing and just as I needed it, pulled me back into a slower pace, a safer and healthier rhythm.

Little Fires Everywhere

Monday, December 25, 2017

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng is a tightly woven web of intersecting lives of characters impacted by child bearing and rearing.  Ng's writing is poignant and precise: "The firemen said there were little fires everywhere...Multiple points of origin.  Possible use of accelerant.  Not an accident."  The book itself is fire.

Toronto, I think I Like You

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The first time I visited Toronto, Ontario, it rained nearly the entire time.  It was March: a cold wind blew in off of the lake.  The land was flat and the sky was so gray, and as a result, I misjudged the city.  When I arrived for the second time, it was a clear day and the sky over the lake was vibrant and expansive.  The people here always seem very friendly.  I set out to walk around the city and headed toward the old town, looping down by the water on my way back into the entertainment district.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

There is so much to be thankful for in this beautiful world and all that this year has taught me...Mother Earth is so abundant and just keeps on giving.  Feeling especially grateful today and always as we head into winter in the northeast.

Lingering Thoughts of San Francisco

Monday, November 20, 2017

I've only been to San Francisco once, but even almost a year later I still find myself day dreaming hazy, magical day dreams of drives over the Bay Bridge listening to Creedence Cleerwater...  It has been on a loop in my mind.  I find myself humming this song all the time, thinking of the blue bay water and the soft moss that grows on the trees in Marin.  It has stayed with me.  I'm enchanted by it - partially because when I think of Northern California, I associate it with the 1960s and 70s and certain hippie movements that evoke freedom.
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