Music & Meditation

The sign of a good song is the way it affects emotions, despite the current state of mind. Imagine the song that takes you away, from the current worries, and makes you feel like your floating in perfect harmony.   This may be a rare occurrence for some and has never happened for others, but it can happen. That’s the point.

When we carry stress or sadness for so long that we don’t remember that we even have it, we can’t work on the cause. We don’t realize anything is wrong and therefore carry a weight on our shoulders for life. I have found one way to help lift and release some of these pent up worries and emotions. Meditation is a good thing, but how many of us can even sit for the time it takes to do so? Next, how many of us can really clear our thoughts like we need, in order to meditate? Few, in my opinion. So how can we learn to calm our minds in order to do some real introspection? I think I may have found a way that helps to focus the mind, yet open up what we have buried away. This would be to combine music with meditation. Continue reading

Thoughts on Modern Dance

I had a school assignment on modern dance, that I found interesting. I have decided to post some of  it here for people to read and maybe learn something, or be introduced to something new. I like looking at things from a historical perspective and my research came across some interesting facts about modern dance history. First of all, the term breakdancing covers a wide rang of modern styles, but for this article I use the term to mean styles more closely related to hip hop.

Breakdancing, what is it, and where did it come from? To be able to answer that question we need to go back to the early 1970s. This was a time in which many changes were happening in the music and dance industry. Disco had just taken off and the Hustle was prominent there. Things like Saturday Night Fever, lent to the art of battling; where two or more dancers would try to prove who was the better.  This concept appealed to many youths, including street gangs. Continue reading

Choose to smile – Choose to be happy – Choose success

Our state of mind is a choice that reflects the emotions we allow to have priority. Think about that for a moment; now picture the guy sitting on a bench with a frown on his face and his shoulders slumped over and leaning his head on his hands. We have all seen someone like this. Now think about how the guy looked, was he scruffy, were his clothes wrinkled, or did he look professional? What reputation did you give him in your mind? Did the sorry state of the man help to determine his image as you pictured him. I thought so. We all go through trials and hard times. Some times are better than others, but only we can decide our response to them. I heard a story, on the radio, a while ago that illustrated this point well; it goes like this:

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’  He was a natural motivator. Continue reading

It’s official, I’m a nerd…

It’s official, I am a nerd. My wife said it!

Ok, so now that I think about it, it is probably true. You see, I fixate on random facts and ideas, that to me are interesting, but to everyone else…well, you can see it in the way they roll their eyes. Alright, take novels, how many times do you find yourself finding inconsistencies with the magic system in a fantasy, or remember a tidbit of information that was never used properly, or realize that the science in the sci-fi novel was way too un-believable? This is me, this is my life. I am not a critic, yet I seem to criticize novels, movies, games, etc… I still love them!

Next, we get to my topics of interest. I want to try everything. I love music, books, electronics, computers – i.e. the net, video games, paper and dice games (hush to all you haters), high adventure activities, fishing, swimming, climbing, boating, traveling (well the visit to other places actually, not so much the travel itself) and so on… I like just about anything to do with the sciences. I am frugal by nature and would rather try to build something than buy it (doesn’t always work out). I come up with business ideas on a weekly or monthly basis, and then I do some research and find the cost of operation (permits, licenses etc.) typically outweigh the profits; that or the cost of start-up is more than I have made my entire life times ten.

I haven’t even touched on my bucket list, I don’t think I can write it without spending two months in the process. Suffice it to say, publishing a fictional series is near the top of my list, followed closely by composing a symphony, starting a successful company in manufacturing, and building a space craft. I just scream nerd, eh?

So there you have it, a brief look into me, a nerd. 😉

Hope

Isn’t life crazy arround the holidays? Think about all that Christmas shopping, all the sales gimmicks, the political maneuvers, the work we get stuck with ’cause ‘Joe” left on vacation… It’s enough to make one crazy, stressed or even depressed!

I admit, I had my moment a few days ago when everything, including the car breaking down, happened at once. I thought I was going to lose it; the stress was beyond my ability to cope.  Here is how I handled it:

First of all, I have to tell you that I have over an hour commute to and from work. On my way home instead of my normal radio stations, I tuned into something with Christmas music. I tried to forget everything bugging me and just listened for a while. I pondered what Christmas was like as a kid; waking up very early, looking through the stocking, going to see the tree, etc… I remembered caroling at people’s homes. I thought of the meaning behind the season. I thought of what we should learn and remember from that birth.  Continue reading