Week 19: Reflection and my own experiment
Absolutely making a song and dance of it!
Even in Yorkshire spring has sprung. As nature comes to life again and longer days make it easier to get outside, it is a great time to reflect on the Wake Up! experiments so far and set myself a personal one.
Without a doubt, this has been a positive experience. Some experiments have been on the funside. Seed throwing (I can't elevate it to guerrilla gardening, there was little that was covert and I am not sure it really was gardening!) has reminded me that lots in life doesn't need to be over thought and planned. Spontaneity and just giving it a go is fine.
Others have been more profound, nudging me to prioritise taking time alone to reflect and meditate, connecting with nature when I can. This isn't rocket science, but I needed the structure of the experiments that accumulate together to help you find different rhythms in your life and get you to think that things can change. I still am moved by the first experiment to think about what I love about others, especially when I feel I could become judgemental.
Blogging has been fun. Never having done it before and being surrounded with words in my career, it has been refreshing to just spend some time finding my own written voice. Being allowed to share the experiences of others has been lovely too.
So now I am empowered enough to set my own experiment this week and I have LOVED it. Each day I am finding a song to sing or dance to - and I mean REALLY sing or dance to it. The singing is off key, but I make up for that with volume! So this basically happens in the car on my own. The dance is with total wild abandon, in the kitchen, on my own or with any one else who will join in. It is certainly not cool, in fact my moves are more like that of Miranda Hart - including the facial expressions! But it has energised me, opened my lungs and made me feel so ALIVE.
Favourite tracks this week:
- Chaka Khan 'Feel for You'
- Aztec Camera 'Summer in the City'
- Bruce Springsteen 'Born to Run'
- Mumford and Sons 'Lion Man'
Any other suggestions? I am completely open minded!