Dancing Through Sadness

For several hours, I moped around like Eeyore. Thoughts like a broken record circled my mind, it seemed the sadness and grief that gripped my heart would surely cause it to cease pumping. The backstory could have been anyone’s. Yet what I did next may seem novel. I played sappy love songs to pull outContinue reading “Dancing Through Sadness”

Be Yourself: Spiral Out & Keep Going

The song Lateralus by Tool sings to the depths of my soul. Not only is Maynard James Keenan a lyrical and musical genius (see YouTube, below), he also captures in a very simple and meaningful way the process of spiritual birth and growth in this one, very beautiful and poetic song.  From the “black andContinue reading “Be Yourself: Spiral Out & Keep Going”

Overcoming Procrastination: Lose Yourself

The more we push off doing something for “later,” the more we build up a wall that then needs to be broken down. Pressure builds with each moment that we avoid doing something that we know will help us in some way. As such procrastination is also a passive-aggressive way to block love from ourselves. SometimesContinue reading “Overcoming Procrastination: Lose Yourself”

Up for the Downstroke ~ Cultivating Happiness

Doing the same thing everyday becomes monotonous quickly and creates dissatisfaction. Creating new ways to do the routine things in life adds some spice and warms the heart. Yesterday, while I made my breakfast, I played “Up for the Downstroke” by Parliament. Though I pan-scrambled my eggs the same way I do everyday, damn, if theyContinue reading “Up for the Downstroke ~ Cultivating Happiness”

Parabola: All this Pain is an Illusion

Music is a potion and elixir for me. Maynard James Keenan’s (MJK) work with Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer have been incredibly helpful for me beginning over 20 years ago. I have listened often to MJK in the past two years while recovering the pieces of myself following years of self-abuse and the “bottomingContinue reading “Parabola: All this Pain is an Illusion”

Enigma: Puzzling Pieces

Dead Can Dance is one of my favorite musical groups. Eclectic sounds on ancient and varied instruments coupled with the voice of the Diva Lisa Gerrard are just well, fucking amazing. I’ve listened to their music for over half my life now, sometimes I hear the lyrics as if for the first time. Today, in reflectingContinue reading “Enigma: Puzzling Pieces”

Moola Mantra

This is an incredibly healing prayer to the Divine force in Sanskrit. By listening to Deva Premal sing the words, you may find this easier to sing or say in your mind. This album helped me this morning when I was at my lowest. Saying this mantra 108 times per day, with the help of Mala beadsContinue reading “Moola Mantra”

Music & Parenting: Beautiful Day

Frequently a song will suddenly pop into my awareness while going through the paces of daily life. This night was no exception… May your day be beautiful today and everyday, even when the clouds threaten to take away your light… As I rubbed my daughter’s back to help lull her into sleep following a toughContinue reading “Music & Parenting: Beautiful Day”

Music: Zoe Keating Cellist & A Voice in the Wilderness

In expanding my work this past week into music, I kept seeing the body of the cello in my mind’s eye, yet I did not know what it was saying to me. That is, until today when I was replying to one of James Radcliffe’s blog posts. His post features an image of him playing the celloContinue reading “Music: Zoe Keating Cellist & A Voice in the Wilderness”

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