You know how there are certain smells or sounds that immediately transport you to an earlier time in your life? Or eating a particular food that brings back fond memories? So many examples are running through my mind that I can't seem to capture anyone of them long enough to write them down. Yet the one example that lingers is the one that inspired today's peace tip.
As long as I can remember I've been listening to the music of George Winston. I must have been in high school when his music became popular. His ability to musically describe nature resonated with me. I would hear his songs with titles like forest, snow, December, rain song or walking in the air and immediately feel transported into the world he was depicting. If the most talented of poets were to describe a snowfall, or the rushing of waves against a sandy beach, George Winston translates that into music.
His music reminds me of good times but also allows me to daydream. When I listen to the pieces on the "album" December, I see myself in a snowy forest on a long walk bundled in warm wooly wonders, or sitting by a cozy fire covered with a hand-stitched quilt while sipping a cup of tea.
Peace tip #9.
Find yourself a nice quiet place to sit. Open this link, press play. Close your eyes and listen. The title of this is (perhaps I'm a little predictable at this point) "Peace" by George Winston.
Where did this song take you? Someplace peaceful? Remember that place so in the midst of chaos you can think about that place and find a little respite from the storm.