I'm just back from a mini retreat for moms about "Parenting from the Inside Out"; ie, taking care of ourselves so we can take care of our families. It was wonderful. One of our exercises today was to share with the group what makes us feel alive. It's another way of thinking about what feeds your soul.
shared with the group that being in nature and walking by myself in my favorite local parks, the Washington Park Arboretum and Volunteer Park, makes me feel alive. It truly does. I'm outside, breathing fresh air, moving my body, working up a sweat, clearing my head. I love it. Ironically, when I went for my walk after today's session, I was pondering this question further.
Truth be told there are many things that make me feel alive. And
I started thinking about how alive I feel when I see really great live music. My friend Julie noted in my last post that's she's crazy about live music and you'll usually find her up front at the stage so she can take it all in. I love performers who interact with the crowd and make you truly feel alive! You can tell it makes them feel alive too.
My favorite of late is Michael Franti. I've seen him live two times in the last two months and he's AMAZING! That's me right up front on the right in orange, taking it all in! His song I'm Alive is one of my favorites!
In New Orleans recently, I saw two live shows and was right up front for both.
I like Julie's approach of getting as close to the stage as possible. Seeing an artist live always makes me feel, well, ALIVE!
In the coming months, we plan to see Pearl Jam, Macklemore and Josh Ritter. I can't wait!