On Fridays I am doing a “negativity fast.” That means that any critical thought or negative emotion that enters my mind, I wash it away or dissolve it immediately, focusing instead on only neutral or positive thoughts and experiences. Because I have made a conscious choice to do this fast, it works wonderfully!
The goal of this fast is to help me maintain a greater harmony in life overall. I tend to be fairly overwhelmed at this stage as I am teaching several extra classes to prepare for retirement and relocation, plus I have a book release coming up that I need to shepherd by preparing for a book event tour. With all that in addition to health matters requiring daily maintenance, I find my nerves are often somewhat frayed. All these changes looming on the horizon are unsettling to my introspective, balance and security seeking Cancerian nature!
One great elixir that helps me achieve a greater harmony and positive acceptance of what I can do to press forward day by day is music. Thank heaven for Pandora as a musical companion while working!
Music weaves harmonies that can lift, inspire, soothe and encourage us to face our challenges with grace instead of acrimony. Such a gift!
My love of musical companionship pervades my life history; does it yours too? My mother would play piano on many an afternoon while her five children did homework or played at home. “Moonlight Sonata” was one of her favorites and so it is one of mine always. I played violin in several orchestras and took private lessons for many years. My sister Lee and I spent countless evenings during high school years talking and playing cards in her room while listening to Simon & Garfunkle, the Beatles and other popular songsters of the 60’s and 70’s. Lee’s favorites were “MacArthur’s Park” and “Delilah”; some of my favorites then were “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, “King of the Road,” “In My Life” by the Beatles, and “Imagine.” Lee and I both loved, and still do, Ravel’s “Bolero.”
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A musical Life Map can be revealing of the trends and focus of your life over time. What are you listening to now compared to during earlier life stages? I listen more now, in my sixties, to melodious Classical music and to Celtic artists, who seem more in touch with harmonies of place and family rather than romance or intrigue. Yet I still enjoy most of the music I have always enjoyed. Music weaves the various stages and experiences of life together as a unified whole!
Here for your enjoyment then, a song that bares my Soul, In My Life :
I welcome YOUR Comments and Stories. What was/is your favorite music or song, and why?