Sunday was my birthday. I could have chosen to make it special by doing something completely different from normal. So, I did and I didn’t.
First sight upon waking on my birthday, was a beautiful woman in my bed. (I have the good fortune of being married to her.) I started my morning off in the usual way: coffee and a morning meditation with Anita, my partner and wife. It was normal. Which made it special. We talked about a few things including the logistics for her second day with her friend Susan in their art booth at the local Celebration of the Arts. And somehow we also got on the subject of how I’m doing so much of what I’ve said I want to do in my life. Ahhhh…
I took extended time with Scout (the Wonder/Play Dog) curled up next to me going through email, social media, and friends’ blogs. When I came to my niece’s blog, it struck me again how much my life is aligning with what I have asked for over the years. I left a comment to acknowledge my gratitude.
In the early afternoon, I played for a wedding with one of my favorite local musicians, Chris Souza of Penn Strings. It was a sweet ceremony (marked by loud calls and cries of the seven children attending). Being in the presence of young love and getting to play beautiful music: I couldn’t ask for a nicer gift.
Next, I joined Anita at the arts celebration. She gave me exceptional gifts made by other local artists. Her jewelry and InterPlay Inspiration Deck were selling well at the booth. What an awesome day.
So, I started wondering how something so wonderful as this happened to me. What I mean is that my life is becoming what I wanted it to be and I’m a little surprised to find my life being so awesome. Here are the things I’ve come up with so far:
I — very recently — have finally started to really get what it means to keep the promises I make, especially to myself. And not just on my birthday.
I may not practice music as much as I should, but practices and practicing are crucial elements in my life. In keeping with the wisdom of Phil Porter, I try to hold every (healthy, appropriate) repeated activity as a spiritual practice.
I don’t remember where I first heard it, but someone said to think of life more like a trajectory (as opposed to a goal). This way of thinking has brought so much added ease and clarity to my life. It has allowed me to create a less stressful way of moving forward.
The people in my life are awesome, starting with Anita. She is magnificent and I cannot begin to tell you how much she has stood by me when I was being a flailing, shame-filled doubter. I am so deeply grateful to her. And I have tons of awesome friends both in-real-life and in the social media and virtual world of which this blog is a part. Thank you all for being part of what is making my life become so much of what I desire.
There was a dramatic sunset on my birthday, by the way.
muse and music for the present moment
I look for ways to re-invigorate our human experience of life. I want us to drink up every moment with enlivening spontaneity. One of the ways I do this is with improvisation -- especially improvised music. With voice, guitar, percussion, piano (keyboards) and friends, I develop "in the moment" creations. I also play classical and pop music for the vast joy it brings to know the composers and songwriters of the past and present through their music.