“Where words fail, music speaks” -Hans Christian Andersen

The mind is powerful. It’s incredible how strong a movement, a scent, a look, a sunset, a photo, a movie, a dream, or a song can elicit memories from your past, contemplations of your present, and worries or excitements towards your future.

Music – like Luke and The Force – is strong with this one. I feel closest to Divine messages and my angels when I hear music and, at times, I SWEAR He is speaking to me! Like the day I was officially moving out of my parents house – I was afraid and sad and anxious – but right at my exit to my new home, my wedding song comes on the radio…HOW IS THAT NOT A SIGN?!

Music is such a gift to each of us if we allow it to be. It has the power to transform us physically, emotionally, and socially.

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Music can charge that extra drive during a workout, powering us even further when we thought we had hit the wall. One more set? Okay!

Music can transport us back to our childhoods and reminisce over our simpler times. For obvious reasons 🙂

Music can reignite that fire and remind us why we fell in love with our partners. SWOON.

Music can bring loved ones that we lost back to life for those brief minutes. BRB – sobbing.

Music can relax us. ::zen-mode::

Music can help us cry ugly, happy tears at every wedding. Cue the Flower Girl!

Music can attract new friends and forge unbreakable bonds. “T-10!”

Music can take you away to exotic places, wondrous vacations, happy memories, and excitable future getaways.

In a second, music can change our entire day from melancholy to appreciative to focused to sassy to totally blissed out.

All you have to do is…

Listen.

 

 

xoxo,

Ariana

 

Comment below and share your favorite pieces of music for all occasions!!

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“Just Live”

I have a secret: I am truly living!

With a summer spent enjoying each moment of my days, rich with family, friends, and special memories, I was able to reconnect to my passions, rejuvenate myself, and reinvigorate my zest for the here and now.

My heart and mind have been grounded, mindful, thankful; I feel as though I am being true to myself and enjoying my time on this earth.

I read a lot this summer: happy stories, sad stories, true stories, helpful stories, mysterious stories, nostalgic stories….There is such power in storytelling! The connection that a reader, listener, viewer can make and experience is other-worldly. There were a few stories that were so important for me to experience at this point of my life; the stories were timely and they were the teaching tools to this road of acceptance and living!

Tears. Cleansing tears during each of these stories showed me clarity and got me to this beautiful space in time. On my family vacation, I cried hysterical tears on the Wildwood Beach that had my family laughing at me for sobbing into the pages of JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You. In the Broadway theater, I ugly-cried with my sister and cousin, mother and aunt to the story of how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. The following week, I watched the seamlessly, beautiful Radio City Rockette’s high-kicking in their Radio City Spectacular and teared up remembering my years performing as a dancer. Then, most recently, I was listening to a book, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, in which the INTRODUCTION sent me to sobbing chokes about mindfulness, cultivating meaningful relationships, and experiencing the wonder in the world.

Each of these stories had a message, which struck the same chord in me. “Live, Ariana. Stop overthinking. Stop second-guessing. Stop. LIVE. Be here. Be now. Be kind. Be. LIVE. Give. Forgive. Try. Go. Do. ‘Just Live'”.

There is too much sadness, fear, and discord in our daily lives. We have the power to choose happiness, love, and peace.

Choose love.

Choose peace.

Choose to “Just live”.

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Fear.

The words “fear”, “doubt”, and “uncertainty” have been popping up quite frequently in my vocabulary lately…and I loathe them. These words cause such unsettlement in one’s head, heart, and body. In light of the recent horrific attacks going on in our world, it is really easy to fall into the terror and fear of the unknown future…

As a late 20-something, I find myself straddling the line of the YOLO mentality (quick! before it’s too late!) and the fear of consequences from my actions (will I lose an entire day of productivity because of one uncharacteristically fun, wild, late night?). My heart and my gut are telling me to Go! Do! Live! But my mind is overthinking and getting in my way.

Your mind is POWERFUL. It can raise you up and just as easily tear you right down. Personally, I have been constantly questioning: my thoughts, my ideas, my lessons, my workouts, my food choices, my outfits, my decisions…was that right? was that a good idea? was that tough enough? does this look okay? am I reaching out to others enough? should I have that? should I think that? should I do this?

What bothers me about the mind, these fearful questions, this overthinking is the “who”. Who am I trying to please? Who am I trying to impress? Who am I trying to “wow”?

Recently, my dear friend Maria eloquently scribed these uncertain feelings, this overthinking, into a thought-provoking question of truths (“Says Who” Blog) “Who says” what is good, what is right, what is enough? The answer should be YOU.

YOU should strive for personal excellence. YOU should strive to make yourself better than yesterday. YOU should make morally conscious decisions that better you and the community around you. YOU should close your eyes at night pleased with the choices that you made.

Sometimes, okay, a lot of times, that personal power is still scary.

The Disney/Pixar movie “Inside Out” (FANTASTIC, by the way! Have your tissues nearby!) shows the cooperation between 5 major emotions in our brain: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. The writers show us that Fear is always present. If it weren’t for our other emotions to keep us in the positive, we would be stuck asking, “What if I don’t make it across the finish line?” We must respond with:

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I hope that you are all in tune with your minds and your bodies. I hope that when you find yourself second guessing/comparing/stuck by Fear, you find the will to ask yourself “says who?” and to let your other emotions take the reigns. Trust your gut. Trust your heart. Quiet your mind.

For me, I have to let my emotions be handled by God. After perfect motherly advice, I finally went back to church. The reading, the homily, the songs felt tailored to me and my cerebral struggles. The homily was powerful: “fear should be the catalyst for change, not despair…. When you are in the protective hand of God, fear can bring you hope.”

I urge you to trust. Find solace in meditation. Find comfort in prayer. Trust God, The Universe, the wind, that twisty-looking tree, whathaveyou. Trust your decisions. Trust your choices. Trust in your journey.

“’What if I fall?’ ‘Oh, but my darling,what if you fly?’” –Erin Hanson