Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A song of calmness -- Be Still

Although it has undertones of religion, the message of this song is also deeply spiritual (touching the spirit within).  It can apply to all, no matter whether "religious" or not.  "Be Still" is a powerful message, pointing us to our own inner guidance.  In chaotic, cacophonous times like we are now experiencing in our world, the messages we seek from within, with a sincere heart, are our best guidance.  Whether or not you believe in a personal God or a particular spiritual leader, if you believe there is an energy, a power that is the source of everything, then this song can also be for you. Each person who hears it can put their own interpretation on it -- but the important thing is the inner calmness and clarity it points us to in these troubled times. :-)


Monday, June 22, 2020

Inspiring TED talk by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor

In this time of Trump madness, in order to lift my spirit and remind me of what is really true and good, I returned to a TED talk that inspired me a few years ago when I first saw it.  This neuro-scientist, JIll Bolte Taylor, through experiencing a stroke, discovered the oneness that permeates existence, showing we are not separate beings apart and divided.  We are one magnificent energy of pure consciousness, lighting up the world.  As she said, the beauty and wonderment of that is something she thought is worth sharing.  I can't think of a better time to share JIll's story/discovery once again.  Her story has the power to change the world by changing our understanding of who we really are. 😊

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Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and ...
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

A very different kind of instrument: The Chapman Stick

I think you might like the sound of this musical instrument.  Maybe you already know about it, but it's new to me.  The Chapman Stick, first developed in the 1970s, is a stringed instrument, shaped like a long wide stick, looking something like a guitar, but you don't pluck it like a guitar.  Instead, it's more percussive.  Your fingers tap down on the strings and under them, to the fret, to create the unusual sounds that can be made on it. It's kind of a combination of a guitar, piano and drum. Very interesting! I think Holland would have loved it.  Just think of the practice it would take to learn to play it!  Here is a musical genius playing "While my guitar gently weeps" on the Chapman Stick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYKB6Lag-wg

We humans are amazing beings, aren't we? With all of our talents that can create art and devise beautiful music and instruments like this, it's a puzzlement why we don't just spend all our time creating beauty together and ignoring tiny differences like skin color, religions and the like.  IF only....:-)