This past weekend, I had the task (and pleasure) of helping my partner Brian with the”behind the scenes” activities in producing a concert. The show was an evening of music and conversation with Peter Yarrow (remember Peter, Paul and Mary? He’s Peter!). The evening was a great success, there was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie in the room and of course everyone enjoyed hearing all the old hits and even sang along to two of the most famous and best-loved of them, “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
There were a couple of things that I consider to be remarkable about this show. First, that Peter Yarrow is still performing at age 76! Second, I got to spend time with one of the icons from an era of this country’s most historically significant social movements. Apart from being a celebrated artist and performer, he’s been an activist all of his adult life – he protested the Vietnam War, marched with Dr. King for civil rights and more recently, rallied with the thousands who gathered in NYC to bring awareness to climate change. In 2000, he co-founded Operation Respect, a non-profit organization dedicated to, in his words, “…shifting the American educational paradigm, to educating the whole child; not just in academics but in character, heart, social-emotional development.” The list of Peter Yarrow’s achievements is long and impressive.
I got to meet Mr. Yarrow one-on-one because I was part of the staff, but I believe that everyone at the show that night felt that they had met him too – his demeanor was lighthearted and playful, his message was one of caring and concern for our plight as humans, as we all try to realize the same basic goals – to be loved and seen and celebrated for who we are. The warmth he projected toward his audience was reciprocated in kind. There was love in the room, as we shared laughter, stories and music.
It occurred to me the next day that had it not been for my role as backstage helper, I may never have seen this show. Sure, I know the music from my younger days. I even rediscovered an old Peter, Paul and Mary songbook in a stash of memorabilia during my recent decluttering project. But what would I have missed if I’d not attended that show? I would have missed the essence of Peter Yarrow and all he represents and has to offer. I would have missed the shared experience of his message of love, kindness and humor, and his call for personal responsibility in our role as stewards of our planet and society. The man and the message were true treasures that I received that night. I’m so glad that I decided to help, in my small way, that night. I’m glad that I didn’t wait until some other time, “later” to see him perform live. He is, after all, 76.
There is “treasure” all around us. Take a moment to think about who or what inspires, motivates or excites you and make a commitment to connect with that – today. Don’t put it off. Now is the time to unearth those treasures!
Stay Healthy. Be Happy.
Welcome to my very first blog! And welcome to the changes that have been happening here at Inner Light. Though I will continue to offer all the services that you’ve come to know me for in the past – massage, energy healing and life coaching, I’ve added herbal medicine to my “medicine bag” and will integrate it into my practice as a holistic practitioner. The plants have opened up a whole new world to me, one of both gentle support and astounding capabilities. I look forward to sharing these skills and herbal products with you on your journey to health and yes – happiness!
So let’s think for a minute about the connection between health and happiness. Does one necessarily depend on the other? I suppose you could be healthy and not happy (though I would argue with that), but can you really be happy if you’re not healthy? It would be more difficult, if not impossible, depending on what ails you. When we feel good, we tend to forget about all the amazing things our bodies are doing for us on a daily basis, how tirelessly it works to digest, eliminate, nourish and restore. It’s when our bodies show signs of illness, fatigue or dysfunction that we realize how miserable we can feel, on so many levels. I would say then, that happiness rests on a foundation of good health. Without good health, enjoyment of all the “stuff” of life would be diminished.
We all face challenges every day that can chip away at that good health foundation. We (or a loved one) may have an acute or chronic illness, seasonal ailments, change-of-life concerns, family or relationship issues or chronic stress. And we all do our best. But sometimes we need a little help to get us back on track or through a tough time. A trusted friend, a pastor, a family member – a sympathetic ear can be found in many places. But then there are the times when you need to ask for more concerted and sustained help. As a holistic healer, I am able to combine multiple therapies to address your health challenges, often in concert with other professionals, like your physician, psychologist, physical therapist or other health practitioner.
I invite you to begin this new journey with me, as I explore the many ways we can move towards greater health and well being. I’ll be writing about a variety of health- and happiness-related topics. And remember, no need is too great or too small, and it is never too late to participate in your own self care.
Stay Healthy. Be Happy.