New Beginnings

It's the beginning of March, and Spring is in the air. I always like to commemorate the changing of the seasons, especially when it's a move from colder days to warmer ones. Spring is officially just a few short weeks away. But already, in my neck of the woods, leaf and blossom are bursting their way into life. And the wildflowers in the foothills are just beginning to do their dance in the sun. It's a wonderful time. I look forward to it every year.

At another level, the changing of the seasons reminds me of our individual pilgrimages into wholeness. To grow into the light, we need to change from what we've been to what we seek to become. In that sense, it's a different kind of new beginning; we move from the old self to the new self.

What do I mean by that? I'll admit I've borrowed from the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza (www.drjoedispenza.com), whose books and videos talk about the journey from the old, ego-driven self to the new, "who you really are" self, the one that's free of old programming, beliefs, wounds, addictive emotions, etc.

That process of becoming the New Self can be a bit daunting at times. Old habits don't go away easily. But the rewards are worth the struggle. I guess it may sound a bit like New Year's resolutions; somehow, though, it feels different to me. It's more like emerging from a long hibernation, or waking from a dream state into a waking reality. New day. New life. New beginnings.

What changes "from old to new" do you look forward to? What new beginnings are you pondering to undertake for yourself this season?

Musicians We'll Miss - 2016

It's hard to believe the first month of 2017 is already behind us. I'm new to the blogging world, but the world of music is my life, so before I get too deep into 2017, I want to take a moment to remember, and pay homage to, some of the great musicians we lost in 2016.

DAVID BOWIE - January 10, 2016 - age 69

 

GLENN FREY - January 17, 2016 - age 67

 

PAUL KANTER - February 4, 2016, - age 74

 

 MAURICE WHITE - February 4, 2016 - age 74

 

 KEITH EMERSON - March 11, 2016 - age 71

 

MERLE HAGGARD - April 6, 2016 - age 79

 

PRINCE - April 20, 2016 - age 57

 

LEONARD COHEN - November 10, 2016 - age 82

 

 

 LEON RUSSELL - November 13, 2016 - age 74

 

GREG LAKE - December 7, 2016 - age 69

 

GEORGE MICHAEL - December 25, 2016 - age 53

 

These musicians, as well as those I have overlooked, will be deeply missed. Fortunately, their music will live forever. Please feel free to comment, remind me of the artists who aren't on this list (an opportunity to listen to music I haven't heard yet), and maybe share your favorite tune for each artist. Music lives forever! 

-Namaste

Who have I forgotten and what have these artist meant to you?

 

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