Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why'd I Write That Song?

Many years back, Amy Grant said upon the death of her dear friend, "Minnie Pearl," that she would miss her more than words could say. But that she also didn't have "to see the ocean to know it's blue."

Touching words on so many levels.

I was living and writing in Nashville at the time and immediately set out to write a song with that title. "I Don't Need To See The Ocean" has turned out to be one of my favorite songs, though it has yet to be recorded.

Why mention this, besides the beauty in Grant's words and the fond memories of an amazing woman of humor and humility, Sarah Cannon?

The ocean is a place I return to over and over and over...and hope to for the rest of my life. My shoulders lower and spirits soar at the sound of waves hitting the shore. And I guess just like Amy Grant, I had to admit that I can live without something I love so much, because I know its beauty and feel a connection no matter what.

Has there been something or someone in your life that you felt so strongly about, that you couldn't ever imagine being without, that presented an unexpected gift at its loss?

Monday, March 23, 2009

NOW I know why...

I've never been a fan of The Honeymooners, and even less thrilled with Ralph Kramden's threat, "To the moon, Alice!"

Now I know why. I experienced firsthand the pain of moon travel during yoga class. I crumbled before we were halfway to the moon, halfway through a FULL, NON-STOP series of lunar poses!!

I can't remember if the "cow" position (above) was actually in that series, but it pretty much looks like me crawling to my car after class. (Okay, maybe add a couple pounds here and there...)

Now the thing is this, when we began the series, the instructor reminded class that solar exercises are the masculine side of yoga, lunar the feminine. Having completed 5 sets of sun salutations the day before, I thought, Hey, lunar will be a piece of cake!

I could write more about WHY I thought that. WHY I erroneously assumed lunar (aka feminine) would be less intense than solar (masculine). My instructor confirmed for me that I'm not alone. A lot of people have the same reaction...

I'd rather hear YOUR thoughts on this subject...WHY is feminine ever equated with easy?