Friday, December 17, 2010

The Music in the Souls of Children

I was visiting my niece the other day and she is so fascinating.  As soon as she pressed the button to one of her many musical toys, she was just a bopping and shaking and bobbing her little head.  She completely tuned out everyone else in the room and was focused on the music that moved from her ears, to her lips to her arms, to her hips to her little itty bitty feet.  She was focused.  She was “getting it”. I was so amazed by how something so simple could completely “take her there” at the push of a button.  It didn’t matter if she was crying the second before, once that music played, she was back.  It was as though she was able to re-create herself the moment she heard and felt the vibration of music. 

That made me wonder.

At what point do we stop allowing our children to dance  to their own rhythm – step to their own beat? Somewhere down the line we’ve allowed our personal fears, and the fears of others to stop us from allowing our seeds to dance and be fully self-expressed.  At some point we no longer allowed our children to be free to explore their creative side.  At some point we have stripped our children from the music that lives within them. At some point my music was stripped from within me, but I am finally conscious enough to put back the pieces. I am starting to hear music again – it is manifesting through my writing.

Do you hear it?


  1. I can hear the music - LOUD & CLEAR!

    But with this article... the serendipity is making me feel like I am truly on another vibration. I can't... I am interviewing Michelle Wonsley tonight, an expert in aiding others in finding their authentic selves, and these are the questions I requested to ask of her (look at the time stamp on my e-mail to her):

    from Sallome Hralima
    to Michelle Wonsley
    date Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 8:35 AM
    subject interview tonight
    8:35 AM (2 minutes ago)

    Tonight, 7PM your time (I hope that works).

    The conversation will be about your thoughts on finding your "voice" as a teen.

    How do kids first express their own brand of self-expression? What feedback do they get? And your thoughts on the feedback.
    What do you think are great examples of how to nurture a young person's self-expression/talent/creativity?
    As kids mature into adults, what advice would you have about how to keep that passion, that authenticity in who they are alive?

  2. I love this post!! Sometimes it's easy to become so goal-oriented and so focused on our dreams that we overlook the simple things that we should be enjoying in our everyday life. Most of us get up every morning, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed and do it again. There are very few mountaintops where you graduate from school, or you get married, or have a child, or go on vacation. The high times are few and far between. Don't get stuck living for the mountaintops. Learn to enjoy the path you're on.

  3. @ Sallome - WOWWWW That is definitely serendipity! get the heck out of here! Wow! I guess it is that time all of us are questioning the voice within. That is really something else! Will you be sharing the interview on your blog!? I would love to hear what she has to offer?

    @Tamara - Thanks T-money! Ashe! Yes it can become so easy to be goal-oriented and stuck to the routine. I am soooo getting over this everyday! yes - learn to enjoy the path you are on and allow yourself to hear the music again!

  4. This post rings so true in the ears of others and myself.
    If as people, we are able to enjoy what we have now and tune everything else out for the moment, then we shall surely dance to our music.
    I have come to learn that it doesn't matter "What happened then", but what is "Happening Now". If we all try to hear and find that music, then we can dance to our own tune, for no one knows self like your self!

    Thanks Kua Kua...My Activator!

    Becky Osei

  5. Becky! I love you lil one. I really do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Lets catch up soon! Let's dance lady and live in the Present! Nothing is thicker than family...for real for real. MUAH :)


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