I have discovered playlists. I know. You are rolling your eyes. I realize that playlists have been around for a while now. But you must understand that I was alive when TV was the newest thing. I am that old. But, playlists. OMG. All of my favorite songs in one place. Over and over and over. Maybe playlists will replace therapy. OK. Maybe you will still need therapy. Let’s hope you will still need therapy. I need to have a job, after all.
I used to have a thing for Broadway musicals. I still do. In fact, right now I’m Defying Gravity. (For those of you not in the know, that is from the musical Wicked.) “My future is unlimited…Flying so high. I’m defying gravity. Everyone deserves the chance to fly…”
And what does all of this have to do with your rainforest mind?
I am glad you asked.
You are highly sensitive. Empathetic. Deep, complex, smart, analytical. Imaginative. All of which might cause ruminating tendencies. (not to mention the effects of childhood trauma) I suspect that this pandemic experience has you seriously discombobulated. Your ruminating (not to be confused with overthinking) may be taking over. For so many good reasons. And, smart person that you are, you might feel pressure to do something monumental. Which does not help. (although you are welcome to do something monumental if you want)
What, then, can you do about these ruminating tendencies?
In addition to using all of the tools that you already know about such as: slow breathing, yoga, meditation, journaling, self-talk, calming apps, time in nature, spiritual practices, warm baths, getting an emotional support animal, intellectual stimulation, self-compassion, and, of course, reading my blog, why not create a pandemic playlist?
What songs might you include?
Maybe Breathe In Breathe Out by Mat Kearney.
“There is a light in your eyes. In your eyes…Breathe in and breathe out…”
Maybe Courage by Pink.
“Rain it falls. Rain it falls. Sowing the seeds of love and hope…”
Or “You Will Be Found.” from the musical, Dear Evan Hansen.
“Have you ever felt like nobody was there. Have you ever felt forgotten, in the middle of nowhere…let that lonely feeling wash away, maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be ok…even when the dark comes crashing through…you will be found…”
So, my darlings, start defying gravity, breathe in and breathe out, and, I guarantee, you will be found.
To my bloggEEs: What songs are on your pandemic playlist? Share some of them with us! Sending you all love. And hope.