Making Music and Spirit Shine
In our busy, loud world we often lose track of the most important sound…. Our inner voice. When we lose that connection with our intuition it’s easy to lose perspective, create chaos, stress ourselves out & forget our higher purpose.
GOOD NEWS! It’s really simple to get back on track and here some easy ways to get started...
Listen to Others
Odd coincidence or not? The word Silent contains the same letters as the word Listen
I am often guilty of interrupting or being too hurried to hear other people so this is a big one for me!
When I did one component of my Level 2 yoga teacher training it was called, “Conscious Communication” We spent an entire day on the topic of learning to hear other people. And it boils down to one word, remaining Silent.
Listening to other people requires us to slow down in a busy world. When we listen, this enables us to connect more deeply not only with others but also with ourselves. It’s also helpful to focus on your breath as you take in others people words. When we aren’t jumping in trying to finish sentences, offer advice, or speak only to be heard, it brings a deeper level awareness, helps to preserve our energy and strengthens our presence. Also, it’s simple kindness to allow other people to be heard ;)
When the mind is racing there is no way for us to hear what’s really going on inside of us emotionally or physically.
Stillness creates space for our minds to think clearly, solve problems, create new ideas and it brings peace to our life in a powerful way.
One of the best tools is meditation. It only takes 3 minutes of meditation to positively shift our circulation & blood pressure, 5 minutes to change our breathing and 11 minutes can bring balance to our glandular system which decreases both stress & cortisol levels!
On a day to day basis, we tolerate so much sound around us it’s easy to forget that noise around us creates noise within us
Oftentimes our deeper voice is aching to be heard. There’s no way to hear it when the world is shouting around us! Back in NM it was amazing to turn off my phone, not text and briefly check email once a day. That’s not always realistic, but it is plausible for an evening or a day. I promise your world will not implode ;) The benefits of connecting with our deeper self are well worth it.
It’s also interesting to observe the sound distractions around us. Oftentimes, they diver attention from what's truly going on within us. Silence is a powerful way to build awareness.
As I said above, I took a walk in the woods last weekend and gave myself the opportunity to just BE, Slow down and connect with nature. I went in there pretty hectic and emerged with a lot of clarity and peace. Even in my quiet apartment I was feeling a little stressed and unfocused. It took that hour of just Be-ing for me to sort thru the emotions and patterns that were getting in the way of my inner knowing, confidence, and intuition. I am huge fan of nature and how it helps to bring our minds back into balance. Take time to do the quiet things that you enjoy, allow your mind to unwind and your spirit to speak.
Ok, you can return to your regularly scheduled chaos now – be aware of the noise around you and don’t forget to hear the powerful voice inside you!
Love and Light
The caption on my Dad’s Pic reads…
“For nearly 20 years manufactured millions of albums and singles for us. While producing more memos* than anyone could possible read. It was that kind of fierce dedication and everlasting love for his work and his company that we will never forget – With Love from your Arista Family”
*(note:memos were business notes people sent in the days before email....lol)
This little blurb speaks directly to my sentiments today. My father had not worked at Arista for 2 years when he passed in ’97 - he worked at Sony. Yet, it his Arista family still gave him this tribute……
And that’s the crux of this little missive - honoring people and their memory
My dad was a record exec, in the 'old skool' heyday of the 80's & 90's. He was a Senior VP at Arista Records for almost 20 years.
I knew my dad had a really cool job, but it didn't seem so special to me because being in the midst of the music industry, going to concerts, meeting 'stars,' & sometimes having them call the house, etc was kinda familiar to me.
The Best Part, was that music created such a strong bond between dad and me. The anniversary of Whitney's passing has brought a lot of memories back, as well as some of the special things my dad taught me.
- Stand by and support the people you love
- Eventually in life, we all learn who our real friends are by counting those who stand beside us when the chips are down
- Show respect and to treat all people with kindness.
In my mind, press speculation equals the opposite of those 3 things…..
* Too often we are quick to judge others, especially stars, (like it's any of our business?) When we judge people by the mistakes they make, this shows a lack of support for the people we love.
* When someone is a "Star," people invest in their radiance, they want to absorb the light that they give off. Even ‘Stars’ have bad days. We fail to recognize that no one prepares a mega-star to deal with an international level of publicity. If we admire someone shouldn’t we stand by them like we would our friends when they are in a rough patch?
* When we truly love or admire someone, we love them for who they are and cherish the beauty that they bring to our world. It's important to remember to love all of them and not trash them because of things we perceive as character flaws - that's not love, that's disrespect.
Perhaps confusion comes from anger and sorrow about losing one of most glorious voices & also actors of our generation. We wonder how it is possible that a Brilliant talent left us so quickly and we wonder why, it's not fair, we want their magic, back . It's Ok to be sad, It's Ok to be angry. Pull up your iTunes or Your Netflix and bless the art they gave us.
Here's what I remember about Whitney…
My dad described Whitney as a shy sweet 'kid.' He referred to her as a 'kid' and was often concerned because she was so talented and professionally so much happened for her so quickly. He was extremely distressed about her marriage to Bobby Brown and didn't want to go to the wedding. Although, both of my parents went – see the note above about supporting your friends :)
A voice that makes me awestruck, the beauty of it inspires me.
A woman who at a Grammy after-party hung towards the outskirts of the room because she was shy. She was a mega-star who actually took a few minutes to talk to a little kid (me!) on the evening she Opened the Grammy Awards. Also, she was someone my dad cared about & that makes her special too.
I recall the pictures of the Classic beautiful Whitney of 'Saving all my Love for You," the perky innocence of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody, "the sexy diva of "I'm Your Baby Tonight," a sparkling rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner," & "One Moment in Time," the warmth of "Waiting To Exhale" & of course the glorious (6 times platinum- one of the highest grossing records of all time) Bodyguard Soundtrack.
Who do you choose to remember?
Whitney's voice & Seymour’s acting made and created so much light & blessed so many people. Let's remember that piece and ignore the paparazzi.
Turn off your TV and Let falling stars shine In Peace. Honor their memory by sharing their brilliant music & movies and remembering to cherish those you love.
Sir Paul sang it Best at the closing of the Grammy's in 2012… "In the End, The Love You Take is Equal to The Love You Make"
Don't forget that The Music and Art that people share are a GIFT, not an Entitlement.
Hugs, Love, Light and Many Blessings
It’s funny to a lot of my friends how excited I get about awards shows!
For me, the Grammys in particular bring back awesome memories. When I was a kid, my dad was an exec at Artista Records, and he would take me. It was a big thrill and a super fun night out for us - So, maybe I’m partial ;) But as a big kid now, I still love them for a lot of reasons. Beyond the awards & the pomp and circus-stance of special effects and twirling P!nk, there’s a lot to be gleaned from what goes on – (especially for music industry people).
It’s no surprise how much I dug Sara Bareilles and Carole King. For those of you who didn’t see, they sat at 2 pianos facing each other – and did a duet which combined Carole’s Hit, “Beautiful” and Sara’s, “Brave.” Go Piano Girls !
Also, the unlikely creative combinations…. As you may have guessed I am not necessarily a huge Metallica fan (I actually am not familiar enough with them to say IF I like them!) but they combined their hit, “One” with an Unbelievable classical pianist named Lang Lang. I had never heard of him and it was SO inspiring to me. Makes me want to practice more! And that kind of duet opens the creative mind to think outside of the box when it comes to your musical production.
I learned stuff… new bands, new songs, new genres to listen to. New experiences and new music fill my prosaic, creative well. yay!
2. IT’S MORE THAN JUST THE MUSIC
There were a lot of incredible performances, songs and celebrations that honored music legends and music teachers (!!!!!) The Grammy foundation does a lot to support music education (you know that makes me happy!).
A band from France called Daft Punk, won Album of the Year. They dress like robots (that’s whole ‘nother post) But who knew that Paul Williams (songwriting legend – “The Rainbow Connection,” “Rainy Days & Mondays,” “Evergreen” – to name a few….) was a part of that project? He’s 73 and Rockin’ out with Robots. That’s pretty cool.
And legendary Producer Nile Rogers (Madonna, Duran Duran, Diana Ross, David Bowie) was also in on it. And Stevie Wonder performed with Daft Punk and Pharell Williams (what?) Amazing to see such talent crossing genre lines and preconceived notions of what should be.
Also, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (with Mary Lambert) performed, “Same Love” – a song about same sex relationships, gay marriage and the importance of accepting all people. This was a highlight for me. Ok, I’ll admit, Queen Latifah marrying 33 couples from the Grammy stage was a bit much…. But they also included gay couples, interracial couples, as well as heterosexual couples – I’m proud to be in an industry that openly embraces everyone.
One of my favs was Kacey Musgraves getting Best Country Album.
AND sometimes your team doesn’t win….. but that’s life - Things don’t always go our way…
This year, most of my favs didn’t win…. So, I can be bitter or say, "hey, maybe I should check out that Daft Punk record". Perhaps I’ll learn something. And if I don’t like it? Well, that’s cool…. Someone else did! And that record brought them a smile. And it doesn’t take away the brilliance from the songs/artists/records that I loved that didn’t win or weren’t even nominated
At the end of the day, the Grammys represent just a piece of our industry & there’s no way to expect ONE awards show to cover ALL great music in one night!
It’s important for us to remember to honor ALL of the amazing music in our world - EVERY Night. So Rock On with whatever your creativity brings you!
Love and Light,
Often in life, we are on a path towards a goal, step by step we are making progress and seemingly out of nowhere – Boom! Something unexpected happens. This surprise oftencreates a radical (and sometimes uncomfortable) shift in our circumstances.
Suddenly, we are forced to change our plans as well as Our Perception of what we thought our path was. That one can be tricky!
If we are able to keep a positive mindset - often we discover that the shift brings us to a place of strength that we never imagined or it opens an amazing opportunity.
Ie: an unexpected present!
The key is to stand tall in the face of change, keep an open mind and remember to count your blessings, not your problems. It's important to learn to see the reality of what Is as opposed to getting stuck in what things are supposed to be.
As Lennon said…. “Life is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…”
Is real life in the direction we were going? Or is it the new road that has appeared?
Oftentimes, it's Both!
Either way it's what you are living day to day that counts.
There is no right or wrong. Sometimes life just forces us to take a different path towards our destination. And don't let that change stop you from living!
The only thing that we can do for sure is be flexible and roll with it.
"Life's a journey, not a destination"
Thank You to Steven Tyler for singing it! ('Amazing')
(note: this quote is originally attributed to R.W. Emerson)
It's a good perspective.
And at the end of the day, the surest thing we can rely on is not what's behind us or in front of us but what lies within us.
As Emerson also said,
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
(that one is one of My Favs!)
So go ahead, Make your plans! Be Fabulous! But don't be surprised if Life has something even better in store for you ;)
Keep me posted on your adventures!
Love, Light and Blessings on your Journey,
Alas, I am always searching for ways to bring more peace into my life. I will say this whole slowing down thing has been quite a magical experience. And last week, I had another epiphany that I wanted to share. These 5 thoughts are something that we had studied in my yoga teacher training. They resonated with me so much that they’re even on the dashboard of my car. But when I saw ‘em in Cari’s newsletter last week that was a sign for me to pull them out again and to take a deeper look ….
The list is called, “The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age”
What’s a Sutra??
Think of the medical term suture – the stitches that doctors use. Sutras are figuratively and literally “threads” that string life together, words to live by. Sutras help to hold things together.
(and for those of you curious ones? Kama means sensual or sexual and the original textalso discusses the nature of love, family life & gracious living thereby encompassing ALL of the threads of a contented life. The Kama part is only a piece of it ;)
Ok, Back to the Aquarian Age!
Astrologers have determined that every two thousand years, time moves us backward through the astrological signs, into a new age. Each period lasts thousands of years. That’s why people started celebrating the age of Aquarius in the 1960’s when it was still almost 50 years away! It was a huge shift from the more rigid energy of the Piscean age to the more open and interconnected energy of Aquarius.
That all sounds great… But are there things that we can do everyday to help us bring in more peace?
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age
Recognize that the other person is you.
This is one of my favorites – in moments of insecurity it helps me to remember that I’m not alone. Maybe the other person is feeling small too. In moments of judgment it helps me to remember maybe I’m seeing a piece of me reflected in that person. We are all human. Period. And whether you like it or not, we are all connected, so oftentimes we are all feeling similar emotions.
There is a way through every block
Sometimes you just have to take a step back, be a bit more patient or listen a bit more deeply and find it!
Cari wrote an amazing post on this last week. Link Here
When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off
Nuff Said ;) This one is helpful for my procrastination tendencies.
The tension always dissipates once I get going! So when I’m stressed about accomplishing something, it reminds me to send that energy into getting the job done!!
Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times
See Yourself & other people through the eyes of compassion and your world will be a much prettier place.
Vibrate the Cosmos, the Cosmos shall clear the path
This one takes a bit of faith – Here's how I like to think of it..... When you put your whole heart & spirit into something you create a powerful energy. This creates a strong vibration and as you keep moving forward, the universe responds to this vibration and creates a clear path for you to follow.
I realized that when I remain aware of these simple ideas within the framework of my everyday interactions,
They help to bring me more peace :) And I do hope they will for you too!
What’s your favorite Aquarian Sutra?
Sending you Peace, Love and Many Blessings!