It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

How can we stay present to what’s happening in the world without giving in to despair and hopelessness? This question seems particularly relevant given the recent massacres in New Zealand. Christa Tippet, interviewer, and founder of the wonderful “On Being” podcast, turns the microphone around and offers an honest appraisal of our current situation and her thoughts on how to be in these trying times.

Reading:

Year of Wonder (book cover)One of the hardest things about losing my hearing was not being able to hear music any more. Little by little my brain is relearning to process music. While I’ll probably never hear all music again, I’m getting better at perceiving melodies, the more I practice listening to various types of music. Clemency Burton-Hill’s “Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day” has served as a new motivational source for me to practice listening. Her descriptions and choices of music immediately compelled me to go to YouTube.com and download each piece of music that I read about. While I couldn’t hear most of them, the ones that I could hear were interesting and calming. If you’re new to classical music, this is a great introduction. If you already love classical music, I’m sure you’ll find some new pieces to spark your interest and your enjoyment. All the music can be found online for free, in your library, or of course, you can always purchase the complete pieces of music.

Watching:

The Dalai Lama always has wisdom to offer. I was particularly moved by his talk about resilience through compassion and connection. In times such as these, it is so easy to tap into our fear and rage when in fact, compassion and connection are powerful forces for change and healing.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy