Life’s Storms Compose the Music of Our Souls
No Matter how bad things are right now
No Matter how stuck you feel
No Matter how many days you’ve spent crying
No Matter how many days you’ve spent wishing things were different
No Matter how hopeless and depressed you feel
I promise you won’t feel this way forever
I don’t know about you but I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I read the books when I was a kid. I was excited when the cartoon versions came out in the 70’s and over the moon when the movies were made. The composer of the music did a fantastic job. It really moves the emotions inside of you. I can listen to the music and see in my minds eye the scene as it unfolds. I know when something bad is happening, when they are triumphant in battle, when someone has died or when hope is being born again – it’s all there.
There’s a ripple effect of new thoughts. A tidal wave of new feelings. the demons are being tied up and gagged. I’m just not sure how to handle the new. I thought the old was here forever. I don’t recognize that woman in the mirror, she smiles more than I, laughs more than me.
Music frees you in a way that nothing else does. It encompasses all parts of life. So it is no surprise that there is music for the storms that hit you in life. Music for going to war; for peace accords being signed. Music for giving birth and for saying goodbye to a loved one. Music to study by and music to get your groove on. Music reminds us that there is a time for everything. A time for it to feel like your soul is being ripped from you body, to be torn apart so that we can come back together in an even more spectacular way. A time to heal the broken bits into a new whole that is bigger and better than we were before.
Even now, as broken as you feel, you are still so strong. There’s something to be said for how you hold yourself together and keep moving, even though you feel like shattering. Don’t stop. This is your healing. It doesn’t have to be pretty, or graceful. You just have to keep going.
– Maxwell Diawuoh
In the middle of a storm you can’t control what’s happening, but you can challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is. That’s the true meaning of courage. The quality of your life, your legacy is how long the ripples continue that you made while you lived. What kind of music are you composing? Are you pushing outside the comfort zone and daring yourself to try something just a little bit scary everyday?
Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you’re feeling. to have the hard conversations.
– Brene Brown
When the storm is battering us to bits, it’s important to just breathe. Don’t lash back out at the storm, it’s ineffectual and doesn’t stop the storm from swamping your boat. Just breathe. Breathe deeply in, holding it for a moment. Then breathe out, holding it for a moment. Just keep breathing. Listen for the music of your own wind chimes. They will remind you that no matter how much it feels like life is beating you, you are creating beautiful music.
Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in every-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large.
– Shari Arison
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do it alone. It means that you realize that you aren’t meant to. When we are in pain and allow others in, it creates connections. Connections are vital to creating the beautiful music. Music is filled with bridges that connect the story and flow of the piece. The harmony of the music is created by bridging together different instruments, different voices. Sing out your song courageously and don’t allow the fear to overwhelm your song.
There are two basic motivating forces, fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
– John Lennon
Our sense of self acceptance is demonstrated by our levels of connections. The more connections we have, the more self love and self trust we have. So keep taking deep breaths to settle your emotional responses. Allow your heart and soul to reconnect to your brain. Allow yourself to release the fear and take in the love – love of yourself first and foremost, which makes room to love others.
When you truly love life and people – you start a ripple effect that changes the life of another . . , who in turn changes the life of another . . , until one person and ripple at a time the world is changed.
– Chris Atkinson
The depth of love we have for ourselves and others can be measured by the depth of authenticity that we show up with in our lives. I believe that every day we have miracles show up in our lives that we don’t see or don’t acknowledge. By showing up with gratitude for what life is revealing to us and about us, we turn the storms into rain showers.
Every time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and . . , those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
– Robert F Kennedy
We all have stories worth telling, but when we hold back from telling our story we degenerate the experience, both for ourselves and how it could help others weather their own storms. When we present the perfect face to the world; the perfect family, “no problems here” kind of picture, we are not allowing for the rain. We have created a false dome of protection from the rain so that it doesn’t fall on us. We are in effect saying to others that we don’t get wet. We are not storm blown here. We are just perfect. We are in denial, we are contracting. We are not allowing for new growth to happen.
Be the drop that freely falls and becomes one with the water . . , you might not be able to perceive the ripples you have created right away but the water will allow you to feel how their love comes back to you again and again.
We need to not only allow for the rain, we need to be in gratitude for how it clears the air. How it waters the plants. How it fills the streams, lakes and oceans as part of the natural cycle of life. In order to create the ripples that change both ourselves and others, we need to show up and be seen. We need to show up fully in our lives, always allowing for the growth that comes from being watered. The expansion of creation in our lives. That is the contribution that we can all make. To be able to contribute from a place of love, the birthplace of creativity and change.
Just as ripple spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects.
– Dalai Lama