What does it mean to be in service? The term plays a role in our art, in our work, in our community, in our politics, within our families. Does service need to be selfless or inconvenient in order to be ‘service’? I say no. Still, It is important that we first understand our true motivations in service. Strictly speaking helping or doing work for others is the description of service.
Feeling heart-weary and worn down? My top 10 JOY list to boost your mood from blue to blissful.
Move it! Dance is the universal language of mind, body and spirit. Turn on music and let your body move…YES, you are doing it right. Sweat but don’t sweat the details.
I have long feared the dark. A power outage, store closings, bedtime, and the movie theater posed a threat to my childhood ideas of safety. I couldn’t see what was out there. The blackness cloaked my throat and could hold my voice captive. But morning time – sunrise – has always been MY time! It is blissful to watch the sun greet the day.
What qualities inform the voice?
I get anxiety and the fear will catch in my throat. Sometimes, I’ll try to make a sound – a declartion, share a clear thought – and I feel weight on my chest. I struggle to take the deep breaths that will calm my nervous system and lower my heart rate. My voice is high and tight.
I LOVE a good story – it’s intimate, it’s artful, it’s innately human. Storytelling has been going on for centuries across cultures and passed down from one generation to the next. Consider that we take on the story of who we are, of how we came to be, of our names, of our histories. Our personal awareness of the stories we adopt as our own, and where we hold those stories in our bodies, is a critical tool to freedom and happiness.
On a sunny Sunday, I hit the road upstate for a hike with some friends. Amid laughter and song, we scaled the rocks and scrambled our way to the top of a mountain. There we found a flat peak with some rocks and we paused to take in the view. THIS is why we set out today: to feel the awe and connection with this beautiful majesty, our Mother Earth.