I have found a new toehold … (no, foothold … maybe even a comfy ledge?) in my healing.
As I tumble ever closer to God, I crave the comfort of light and sweetness around me. I naturally want more and more exaltation in mylife – the happy glow of artists living their highest calling. And I am discovering it.
Specifically, I am finding my way great music, beautiful landscapes, incredible books, and deeper and deeper friendships.
These all make me feel warm, loved, nourished and whole.
- Angels and Saints at Epheseus sung by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. This Billboard chart-topping classical albums of a capella chants in the Christian tradition are simply heart opening. Angelic, pure and full of love.About them, the nuns who sing them say, “These CDs are absolutely non-essential to our life, our life of prayer … If we hadn’t recorded, or if we don’t record again, it really wouldn’t have any bearing, any effect on our life.”
- Gurrumul. This blind singer from Northern Australia sings in his tribal language of Yolngu, spoken by only a few thousand people in the world. But his tunes have the sweet, deep lull of childhood anthems – with an unexpected pop feel. Think a native Bob Dylan with the joy of Stevie Wonder. You can’t listen to this album and not feel his bliss.Furthermore, the songs themselves are written about iconic images from his tradition – things like a red footed bird which can mean all kinds of things. There is a fascinating NPR interview with his representative shares more. (Gurrumul does not give interviews.)
- The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling, by Stephen Cope. This clever, well-written book explores the story of the Baghavad Gita (known as the Gita), a 700 verse seminal text in the Hindu religion. Cope takes the tale of Arjuna, a frightened, ‘stuck’ warrior, and weaves the Gita’s tale of his journey throughout stories of modern day hero’s large and small.For me, this book is helping me reclaim my path as a writer – which is the ‘great work’ of my own life. I love how it explains our resistance to our most basic callings using the Gita’s wise teachings. Extraordinary wisdom here.
- Tri-Yoga. I have been a student of yoga since 1985. Doing at least one hour of yoga nearly every week of my life. But I have never connected toa practice as I have with Tri-Yoga. This yoga practice is a slow motion series of wave-like movements that move through the spine and progress in a beautiful, meditative, dance like fashion. It is simply bliss.
It’s also very specific so I treated myself to the Basic level and then Level One for at least six months before progressing to Levels 2 and 3.
- Angels in My Hair, by Lorna Byrne. What a delight it was to read this book … it gave me an entirely new, believable perspective on angels in our life. Some people believe in angels, some don’t. I was in the latter camp until I dug into this tender biography of a poor http://tgwb.org/buy-cialis-online/ Irish woman who has seen, felt and communicated with angels all of her life – to extraordinary result.
- HAPA, the music of Barry Flanagan and Charles Ka’upu.
This is beautiful, soulful Polynesian music that completely changes one’s image of what Hawaiian music sounds like. Hapa means ‘half’ – as in one half of this duo is from New Jersey and the other half of South Pacific ancestry. What results is a gorgeous blend of sensibilities that are truly healing. Their new album Tuahine is totally worth a buy.
These are some of these treasured resources that are helping me on my path. I would love to hear some of your own as well – please feel free to add ideas below. What has been lighting you up?