“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
This commencement speech from author David Foster-Wallace is a wonderful reminder to stop, breathe and get perspective. It is so important to practice stepping outside of your own stories, your own self-centred world and to be aware of the bigger picture – to notice the people around you, to act with compassion and without judgement and to realise we are all in this together.
I had a personal reminder of this recently when I was out at a show. I had been looking forward to it for weeks, but I became particularly annoyed when a woman sitting in front of me kept wriggling around in her seat all throughout the first half. Thankfully, through my work with a variety of clients and from my mindfulness practise I was able to watch myself getting irritated and reframe my thoughts and experience.
As difficult as it was I chose not to get wrapped up in my own petty and selfish thoughts, I instead focused on how grateful I was to be there, and how nice it was to be around so many people having a good time. Perhaps, I thought, this woman is moving around for a good reason. As it turned out, when the lights came up for the intermission the woman turned around and said “I really hope I’m not annoying you, I have a muscular disease where I can’t sit still and have to constantly move. I can swap places with my friend if it’s upsetting you, I’m so, so sorry”. In that moment I thanked my practise, and did my best to help reassure the woman that everything was fine and I hoped she continued to enjoy the show.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl
“Four years, 19 countries, and 24 experts in anthropology, medicine, ecology, and health have exposed the roots of our DNA and how to prevent the modern world from making you sick.” – well.org
This film is informative, thought provoking and well-substantiated. It addresses many of the issues I have written on and am passionate about. I highly recommend you view it while it’s still free to watch.
‘Origins’ addresses the importance of getting back to nature with how we eat, move and exist. It looks into how many unneccessary modern illnesses suffered by humans of all ages are triggered and the multiple different ways they are made worse. These include over-prescribed medical drugs, our disconnect and disrespect of nature, over-sanitised modern living, the glorification of “busy”, and our inability to slow down and tune in to ourselves.
Enjoy “rare access to 38 of the world’s most respected authorities – from Harvard-Trained physicians to natural beauty experts to heads of sustainability councils to board-certified nutritionists and others.” – Origins Deep Dive
Music plays a huge role in my life and is undeniably an essential part of our individual and collective well-being – affecting our emotional, physical and mental health in constructive and valuable ways. Pythagorus, Plato and Aristotle all described music as curative and as bringing necessary harmony and resonance to the body. Sonic healing has of course been recorded in history through the noted music, rhythmic drumming and chanting of ancient cultures – the image of the cave person banging the drum really gleans deeper intelligence than is given credit. Today we know that the body is a fluid network – everything in the body, bones included are liquid – and we know that liquid is the most efficient transport system: sound literally vibrates the water within us – stimulating, massaging, healing. So ‘tune in’ with what sounds and tracks feel good for you and enjoy! These are my latest picks, have a listen!
Combining futuristic production with sultry R&B vocals, this track by FKA Twigs is a beautifully layered slice of innovative contemporary pop music. I especially love this video as the forms reflect so beautifully just how we should and can move. Liquid waves, spirals and pulsations that meld and morph without effort reflect the fluid language of the planet and of ourselves.
Like FKA Twigs. Kelela juxtaposes soulful vocals with left field electronica to stunning effect on this track Bank Head.
Great song for a Friday no matter where you are! Enjoy!
Because we know how healing music is!
Three new acts that I can’t stop listening to at the moment. All three have debut albums about this month if you want explore further. Enjoy!