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Time And A Sense of Wonder

 

What would you do if you had “time and a sense of wonder?” That is a question that beckons to me today, after watching this magnificent TED Talk offered by film-maker Louie Schawartzberg.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoi

When I consider the 24 hours a day, we are each granted from the moment the sun rises, until the moment it sets and then rises anew,  I am in awe, because I know that  it is ripe with opportunity to make a difference in my own life and that of those with whom I cross paths. Thinking about the number of hours I wasted in the past, worrying, second guessing, ‘what if and if only-ing’, I shake my head in dismay, because I know that it could instead, have been invested wisely. How much richer and fuller could my relationships have been had I known then what I know now? How much peace of mind could I have experienced instead of disturbing my own peace? These are simply inquiries and not condemnation. These days, I am amply aware that time is a precious commodity to be used to grow love seeds instead of a patch of weeds.

And then there’s the wonder part. I look at the world through opti-mystical, miracle eyes and what comes back to me is that it is a pretty awesome place. Life is endlessly fascinating and I am never bored. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Joe vs. The Volcano. “My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.”

What is it that you find amazing?

Wiggly Lines

Read these lines this morning, offered by a Facebook friend named Louise Carter that gave me a chuckle:
“Hmm, most interesting school run this morning! Dropped my youngest son at school and then walked home with my eldest Kal who is off school due to the teacher’s strike. Whilst walking holding hands with Kal, talking about how he draws such beautiful pictures, he turns and says “Mummy what are those wiggly lines on you?” I replied confused, “What do you mean,..my hair?” He looked at me and said, “No, those wiggles there,” as he pointed to the area above his eyebrows. I started to laugh realising that my son had in his own way told me I was getting old and wrinkly…lol..oh dear, have to laugh or I may cry. Time for botox maybe?!”

Oh no, Louise, and anyone else who feels that they need to erase away the well earned laugh lines that grace our faces. As a ‘seasoned woman’ who just turned 53, I embrace the crinkles that appear when I smile, have allowed my hair to go natural; now a wee bit salt and pepper. The wisdom that accompanies them, is well worth it. Part of my view of this emerged in childhood, since I come from a large, extended family. My maternal grandmother was one of 13 children, so there were always aunts, uncles and cousins around. I watched my grandparents’ and parents’ generation age. Some bought into the myth that as you get older, you deteriorate. Others, like my parents (bless them big time for this!), remained vibrant and vital into their middle 80′s. My dad Moish,  worked in a gym for many years after official retirement, and then when Parkinsons kicked in, he kicked it back by continuing to work out in the gym and then at home; having 6 pack abs into his late 70′s. My mom taught water aerobics and senior stretch classes, called Stretching With Selma.  I inherited their belief that age is simply a number. Attitude is everything.

My friend Jim Donovan wrote a wonderful book, called Don’t Let An Old Person Move Into Your Body which offers ideas for living full out regardless of chronological age. Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi speaks of the concept ‘From Age-ing to Sage-ing’ and Ram Dass offers his take on Conscious Aging.

 

So as you gaze into your mirror today, take a moment to honor and appreciate every one of those lines on your beautiful face.

You’re Aging Well by Dar Williams

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIAVpM-D_A 

Ram Dass on Conscious Aging

vimeo.com/2843759

Reb Zalman

Jim Donovan

www.jimdonovan.com

 

Attention

Because I was paying attention, this message came through to me through sleepy eyes this morning. A Facebook friend named Don Robertson was the messenger who delivered it to my heart.
“Attention is a tangible measure of love. Whatever receives our time and attention becomes the center of gravity, the focus of our life. This is what we do with what we love: We allow it to become our center. What is at the center of your life? Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule … this is what receives your care and attention – and by definition, your love.”
~Wayne Muller

As the end of the year approaches, I just bought a 2012 calendar, as I am booking dates for presentations and  social gatherings. Since it jumped off the shelf at the bookstore the other day,  I chose The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz as the theme next year as a means of reminding me what is important in my life. My 2011 date book has quotes by Yogananda as guides.   Although it is filled to overflowing with times and words that represent my agreements with the world, they are mostly joy-filled- to- overflowing things. They remind me that I matter and that the people in my life matter. And I do shower them with love. There are times though when droughts occur that carry with them worry and fear, with thunder and lightning crashes and flashes of “What if I can’t get it all done? What if I let people down? ” I do the best I can to calm the storm and watch carefully for the rainbow left in its wake. I then take time to focus on self care; which includes gym- yoga-on-and-off-the-mat -massage-meditation-dancing-nature-loved ones-brightly-painted-toe-pedicure-time.  Those activities refresh me so that I am able to devote attention on the essence of love that is always present, whether or not I am aware of it.  My center of gravity is balanced by the influx and outflow of that core energy that I am convinced fuels the planet. For a long time, the equation had been a bit lopsided, as I had not allowed myself to be on the receiving end. When I recognized that there could truly be no giver if there was no receiver and the cycle could not be complete, I surrendered to the inevitability that I was just gonna have to surrender and accept, allowing the Universe to shower me with blessings too. When my cup runneth over, there is simply more to give. And THAT is worth my time and attention.

Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas

 

Musitarian

I met Barry Goldstein at what for me was a paradigm changing event called Celebrate Your Life. His music reached out to me, as did his welcoming smile and open heart. I attended a morning workshop that had us chanting and balancing our chakras, being moved by the music. Barry’s latest release entitled Shine kept me company on the drive from Phoenix to Sedona and back again after the conference. Memorable and easily ‘sing-a-long-able’, the songs have such as enticing titles as: Love 444,  Dance In The Stars,  Sacred and my favorite called Om Shalom.  Barry is a member of The Positive Music Association.

How do you live your bliss?
As I create music and am connected to creator during the process, I move into states of bliss that are embedded in the music, sound and vibration.  Every time that I am performing a song and someone is touched I live my bliss.
When someone uses a musical piece I composed to assist them in getting to sleep I am living my bliss.  As my work ripples out to the world and touches others I live my bliss…
Has music long fed your soul?
Yes…music has nourished my being since I was 2 years old. It has always been a language for to me to express myself on many levels…I call music the Universal Language of Love!
Many musicians tell me that their music writes them or plays them. Is that the same for you?
It varies for me. Sometimes songs come to me in dream state…sometimes I am writing lyrics out on napkins in a restaurant…Sometimes melodies come to me in the midst of conversations or an idea comes to me in a movie theatre.
It’s a combination of it playing me and me playing it…it’s what I call Divine Co- Collaborations.
It seems that your music spans different genres and reaches a variety of audiences. How do you bridge those worlds?
What I enjoy most is weaving different genres and influences to bridge audiences and take them on a journey to somewhere they have never been.  As they embark into new musical territories it allows them to have an opening or a new experience. I create the bridge by weaving different elements (sounds, vibrations, frequencies and rhythm) and combine that with intentions that are embedded in the music for a specific purpose.
You call yourself a ‘Musitarian’ . What does that mean to you?
The word Musitarian came to me while meditating.  I define it as someone who utilizes music to assist others in improving their quality of life.
How does music heal?
It really depends how you define healing…for me anytime a block can be released in the Physical, Mental, Emotional or Spiritual bodies the potential for healing can occur.  Many times songs are like Ah Ha moments…Just like when your read a self help book.  In that Ah Ha moment we are releasing a limited belief system that has been blocking us in some way.  Music does that so beautifully because it allows us to journey from our mind to our hearts where healing occurs.
Can you relate any music miracles?
Sure…When I opened up for Dr Michael Beckwith at Celebrate your life in Chicago I was singing a song called There’s an Angel Watching You.The lyrics to the song are:
One white feather from the sky, there’s an angel watching you.  I noticed a lady sitting in the front row was sobbing.  I could tell she was having a very healing experience; she wasn’t even wiping her eyes and was just allowing her tears to cleanse her.  She was dressed in beautiful Native American ceremonial clothing.  After the lecture she came up to me and introduced herself…She said, “My Native American name is White Feather”!  There are always miracles around us and we are constantly being guided.
It was just a reminder to me that White Feathers come in all shapes and sizes and are the angels way of letting us now we are not alone.  There are a lot of other stories on my website http://www.barrygoldsteinmusic.com/testimonials.htm
Since the chakras are part of our energetic system and they resonate at certain frequencies, would it be accurate to say that we are finely tuned musical instruments?
Absolutely…look at the words that are embedded into our language that support that. E.g.:  I really resonate with that or
She gave me really sound advice or our relationships are Harmonious. We are constantly fine-tuning our lives and our vibration changes on a daily basis.
How do your spiritual beliefs influence your music?
Its kind of the other way around…my music influences my spiritual beliefs.  Music constantly teaches me that we can move beyond the boundaries that we create for our self.  We are powerful beings that have the ability to create Divine Co-collaborations. Sri Chimnoy’s Quote on music says it all:
“God is the Supreme Musician. It is He who is playing with us, on us and in us.
We cannot separate God from His music. The universal Consciousness is constantly being played by the Supreme Himself, and is constantly growing into the supreme musician.”
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Barry Bio:
Barry Goldstein’s musical experience spans many styles and genres from Co-Producing the Grammy Award winning track ” 69 Freedom special with Les Paul for Best Rock Instrumental in 2005, to providing ambient music for Shirley MacLaine. Barry has composed and produced for Television, Film, Major record labels and Top Ten Recording artists and has worked with some of the hottest studio musicians in the industry!
Barry believes strongly in the healing aspects of music and is a translator of Sacred Sound and Inspirational Song. He is a musitarian whose passion is sharing music, or as he calls it, “The Universal Language of Love” to assist in improving quality of life on an individual and global level.
As a performer, Barry has shared music from his critically acclaimed series “Ambiology” and his inspirational album “The Moment” with audiences worldwide. He has opened up and shared space with New York Times Best-Selling Authors Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, Doreen Virtue, Carolyn Myss, Dannion Brinkley, Neale Donald Walsh, and James Van Praagh and has touched the audiences of Authors Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Mr. Goldstein has hosted radio shows, written articles and facilitates workshops on utilizing music, sound and vibration in the healing process.   He performs concerts internationally—touching people with “Music from the Heart.”
His music is being used globally as well as individually in hospitals, hospices, wellness centers, and individual practices. Barry has presented at Grand Rounds, a ritual of medical education, providing valuable information on utilizing music and mindfulness techniques to assist patients and doctors on improving quality of treatment. He recently opened and presented at the American Association of Naturopathic Practitioner’s convention and Barry’s music is the first to be distributed by Natural Partners, one of the premiere one-stop shopping centers for medical professionals wishing to improve patient health.
Barry Goldstein
“Music From The Heart”
www.barrygoldsteinmusic.com
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