The Grammy’s were awhile back (!), but on this blog, it is worth mentioning, or rather asking, did you see Adele on the Grammy’s? She opened the show with a powerful rendition of her famous song, “Hello.” I loved every minute and my Facebook stream was abuzz at how beautiful it was – both her singing and she looked stunning! (Isn’t it refreshing that she’s so “normal” and just sings her heart out?!!)
Then, later in the show, they introduced her to do the George Michael tribute. She started and then, all of the sudden, she stopped, swore and said, “I can’t mess this up for him.”
Oh my … I’ve seen this on American Idol but not on something that is as professional as the Grammy’s. I sat, transfixed on how she would handle herself. She looked mortified as she made her way through the second try … she sounded amazing! After she finished, she stood on the stage stunned and the audience was SO SUPPORTIVE. It was beautiful to watch … Adele is human; we are all human. Wow, what a moment!
And it reminded me what they told us in music school (college level). Musicians can be the most critical audience and they can also be the most forgiving. I witnessed this on February 12 at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Before each U.S. election, I hold a Peace Meditation in my home for several friends. It is always a special time when we hold a powerful intention for the highest good and best possible outcome for our country. This year was especially important because the election “season” was so contentious.
In preparation, I had to replace a couple strings on my pedal harp before the gathering. One was a very long red string (lower octave).
A couple days after the meditation, I noticed the RED string was broken … again. This never happens and when I told one of the friends who was present at the meditation, she said, “Well, doesn’t that symbolize what just happened in the election?!!”
You draw your own conclusions … !
I recently went out to eat and saw the movie “La La Land” with a couple of my friends. Before sitting down in the theatre, we decided to use the rest room. When I walked out, I noticed a young couple and I overheard him giving his girlfriend “directions” how to get to the toilets. I asked, “Do you need help because I’m happy to guide you?” She said she was blind and would appreciate help. I helped her into the stall and asked if she’d like for me to wait so that she could get back to her boyfriend safely. She paused – I could tell she didn’t want to bother me – and then she sheepishly said, “Oh yes, please if you don’t mind!”
After she used the rest room, I helped her wash her hands and she thanked me profusely for assisting. I said, “It is such an important time to care for and help each other and most of all, be kind.” Her whole body responded, “YES!” As we re-connected with her boyfriend, I told her he was smiling ear-to-ear that she was happily returning to him!
It was really a beautiful interchange of kindness between us and one that certainly left an imprint on my heart.
For the past few weeks (off and on), we have focused on quotes. It was Jerry Garcia who said, “What’s the music that only you can play?”
So … what do you think about yourself and your life as you reflect on this quote? Even if you aren’t a musician, do you have a creative outlet that only you can do? What is it?
Amidst all the craziness of these times, going inward to explore our creativity and bringing it out into the open can be incredibly nurturing and great for our souls! And when I ask a question of you, I must also reflect on it! My “music” is definitely connected to the harp, but also writing blogs and books and important social advocacy letters. My other “creative flow activity” is holding space for and sending energy to our planet during these very confusing times. In many ways, my “music” feels bigger than just music and songs and lyrics, but rather it is connected to love. I know only I can love the planet in my own special way … and that’s true for all of my readers, too. Be sure to “play your music” and love our planet with a perfect brand of you!
I was recently on a webinar and the speaker talked about sitting for 11 minutes each day in peace, love and joy. Doesn’t this sound like an awesome thing to do?!
This puts us in the energy of these lovely feelings … it doesn’t get any better than peace, love and joy, right?! And, it raises our vibration individually and collectively. I really can’t think of a more important time to do this very simple exercise for only 11 minutes per day.
If you would like to do this Peace, Love, Joy Meditation using a harp solo, non-familiar song, I suggest the “Sincerity” download from the Calm as the Night CD. It is 11 minutes and is only 99¢ to help facilitate a deep connection to peace, love and joy.
Join me in this easy and make-a-difference meditation!
On this blog, we are featuring several different quotes and this is one of our favorites by Paraceleus (1493-1541): “The main reason for healing is LOVE.”
We see this again and again – both with those who are in our own life, as well as those we are serving. Love is a lot more powerful than hate. It is a really important time to stay focused on LOVE, isn’t it?
Love is the balm that soothes, that heals, that transforms. This means giving love to others and it can also be giving love to ourselves.
It feels important to share a recent story about love at a core level. Last summer, we learned about a trauma coaching program and it sounded like a tremendous opportunity to serve, as well as learning unique techniques that work and are self-administered (once the client learns them). The co-founder also promised “ready made” clients, but unfortunately, they never materialized. We were strung along, lied to and distracted. Once the masses of us figured all of this out, it was a mass exodus.
As I’ve had a chance to reflect on all of this, I realized it was an act of self-love to leave. And once I terminated my relationship with this fraudulent organization, I felt a huge burden release. It is our job to protect and love ourselves so that we can be of service to others. It truly is ALL ABOUT LOVE!!
Can you believe that’s how many women (and men) gathered on January 21, 2017, at the Women’s March event in St. Paul, MN?!! Wow … awesome! We have a big, powerful message! And it’s not just in the U.S. of A., but all over the world. We found our voices and we are here to stay … and it’s only the beginning. When’s the next March? Whenever it is, we’ll be there (unless we have a gig) connecting with other kindred spirits. See you there!!
Over the years we’ve come across many wonderful quotes and in this blog, that’s what we’ll focus on for the next couple months.
The first one is by Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” Perhaps you have heard this before … it’s a great time to reflect and ponder what this means.
Perhaps in this quote “Music” has the broadest meaning possible. If you are a musician, then yes, it means music, songs, lyrics, etc. And if you aren’t a musician, what is your creativity – your “music” – that needs to be manifested and shared with the world? Is it your time now?
Please don’t wait … the world likely needs exactly what you have to offer. And I’ll continue to offer my musical gifts so that I don’t go to my grave without expressing it to the world!
Do you have a feeling it’s going to be an awesome year?! We do!! There’s always an anticipation and a sense of renewed hope at New Year’s time … enjoy this special time of blessings and renewal.
On this solstice, the day of the year with the least amount of light (in the northern Hemisphere), we are reminded to “hold our light” for the world. And it’s also a time to reflect on our many blessings, as well as what we want to create/manifest in the days ahead of gaining more and more light (literally and figuratively!).
From Musical Reflections, we wish you a beautiful holiday season filled with love, peace and joy.