Music has the power to shoot you up past the moon, slam you down on the rocks, fire your heart and soul to new heights and rip you to pieces. I think it is immensely important to have an art form that you can relate to; for me it’s through songs: beats and lyrics, melodies and harmonies. I LOVE hearing something and being so so floored that you have to reevaluate your life and take a new view on how absolutely amazing the world is, because why not?! Here are a few of my current favorites….
I LOVE CHVRCHES.
I’ve written about nature,the great outdoors, being therapeutic before. It’s a familiar topic, especially for me who grew up encircled by it. Nature on all sides. Horses and thousands of acres of state-protected wilderness out my back door and two state parks and innumerable beaches within a stone’s throw. To this day, I name my favorite location on earth as the firebreak trail behind my parent’s house. Nature (henceforth referred to as “it”) has always soothed me. If I am stressed I have a ready remedy: long run in the woods. If I am sad: take the horse (love of my life: Deputy) for a walk on unexplored trails and let his sturdy , stoic shoulders absorb my tears. If I am melancholy: run and play and climb trees like a rabid toddler through the many uncharted woods that surround me. Now, as an adult, I am faced with apartment life. Granted, ours is stunning. However, I am not surrounded by everything nature as I was growing up. Salt water pools take the place of quiet, green-blue rivers… New construction overruns what could’ve been a long-therapeutic running trail…. Etc. But when we know what soothes us, we eventually find a way back to it, yes? Yes. Nature in all its un-demanding glory gives without taking- a rarity, if not a total non-existent feature in our selfish world. Find a bit of it somewhere, anywhere and relax. Take in all of it. I love playing the sounds game when I am out in nature. Close your eyes and see how many separate sounds you can identify. You’d be amazed at the amount of sounds you find and the amount of stress this removes from your mind.
“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
A friend told me to read Siddhartha by Hesse. At first I was put off and internally annoyed…I have 10 books judging me from my night stand when I wake up every morning, taunting: “Why haven’t you read us yet?” “Stay up late and read us!” “We are really interesting and educational, we promise!” Ugh, what straight-up brats they are. Then, like I knew I would, I impulsively Amazon-ordered Siddhartha, which apparently is a classic (“You seriously haven’t read SIDDHARTHA?!” -Aforementioned Friend)…..
Let me tell you something: THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE READ BY ALL HUMANS…if you feel like your animals or forest creatures or plants or anything/one else can understand whatever language you speak then gosh darn it, read it aloud. The roller-coaster of emotions encased in this turbo-fast read is enough to strap you in for a one-afternoon read-a-thon. Hesse enchantingly and succinctly captured the raw emotions, intimate thoughts and bodily actions of Siddhartha as he follows his “spiraling” (though not circular) path through life….
- No matter what happens in life — good, bad, dangerous, life-threatening, exciting, daring etc. X a million– you will be forever pushed towards your eventual peaceful place, where you will feel at ease with anything else that happens from then on out.
- Take life’s events in stride. Fate has a hand in deciding what (or who) crosses our path, however it is up to us to decide how to handle these occurrences- hopefully with grace and if not, then at least with an ounce of humility.
- Let people tell you what you need to read, do, be etc…You do not necessarily have to listen but take these advices for what they are worth. Some may be useless and some may be essential….the essential ones will be obvious. Sometimes others can see potential in us where we thought it didn’t exist.
- Write, talk, communicate; even with yourself. Be honest about what you want, need and who you are inside. Siddhartha talks often about the bird in his chest. We all have one: she chirps nonstop about right and wrong, passions and dislikes, love and value. Listen up, that’s your heart and soul chirping and it will not lead you astray.
- When you feel torn, look inward. Deep, deep down you already know the answer.