The Great Pause is what I have
been calling this time. Because it slowed the world down
as weíve never experienced in history. In my own life I
have felt a lot of purpose. I know that with my songs
and stories and writing and humor I can make some days
better for a lot of people. I am so grateful that is
possible. I just cannot think of any bigger reason to
write a song or tell a story than to help someone feel
heard or understood or less alone. So every day Iíve
posted stories and essays and memoirs on Facebook, happy
that for some they have made a difference.
I've also been making these
simple videos of myself taking a few deep breaths and
inviting you to join me. While Iíd love for everyone to
be be meditating, which has a lot to do with why I
created a meditation album last year, it can help a
great deal in your life to simply pause and breathe more
often. Breathe and give your attention to it. Thatís all
conscious breathing is.
first time I made a video of it, I acknowledged that it
might be a little simplistic asking people to take a
breath with me. Five minutes after I posted it, a man
3000 miles away wrote, ďYou have no idea how much I
needed that.Ē And a woman equally far away wrote, ďI
took a breath with you and burst into tears of relief.Ē
So I knew then, itís impossible to be too simplistic
when you are asking another human being to breathe with
you. There is some kind of wonder in it and so I will
something else in these strange times; Oh, so many
emotions! When you have time to ponder your life, there
are so many ups and downs of emotions in a day. I have
lived that way for over thirty years, with much of my
time my own. So much of this more open and quiet time
wasnít greatly different up close where I live. And yet,
just as you feel, I cannot forget that lives are being
lost and families left in pain. And I am deeply sorry
for that. If that has happened to you, my heart goes to
you. When life comes to an end so fast for so many, it
can feel that weíre unable to honor each person who
passes. As if some giant tsunami swept in and took a
hundred thousand people that day. But itís another thing
that breathing can do, it can help you to move to your
very core and focus there, loving, grieving, offering
blessings to those around you.
you may have seen on my homepage notice, I am beginning
to offer online gatherings, classes, workshops. Iíve
done them in person for nearly 30 years. All kinds of
gatherings; Songwriting workshops, Creativity workshops,
Gatherings for Writers and Meditators and just Friends
coming together to share good will.
But now, Iím taking them online.
And having explored this, video-visiting friends and
seeing how intimate the experience can be, in some ways
I think these will be even better for the attendees.
Itís as if you and I are sitting across the table from
each other. So we see and hear inflection and
expression. And of course, Iíll sing a song or two each
time. So weíll get a little bit of everything ó although
I still have not learned to juggle. Except bags of
groceries when I donít want to take two trips.
Breathe the Sky - musical spoken word meditations. I
have been so pleased by the responses of those how
bought it and are using it in a regular practice. So
many have told me of positive results almost right away.
Better sleep, happier days. A man in Texas experienced a
drop in blood pressure for the first time. Others have
used them for relieving stress ó including some of my
close friends. Some have meditated to these spoken words
creations when they were ill or recovering. Some use
them as a way to slow their racing thoughts, so that
their lives a simpler and calmer and more peaceful. All
of these things are likely if you listen and give your
attention to them regularly.
I created many of them based on
my songs. There is weather in them all, wind and surf
and trees and blowing leaves. These natural elements
calm us and call us into a quietness in our heart and
soul. So I have based all my meditations on these.
country is opening up again, gradually allowing
businesses to open and people to cautiously gather, I am
hopeful. I do believe if we are smart about how we do
this, we can move past it and be better for what weíve
suffered. I know this; in my heart and mind I feel
change, good change. But I know it will not all be easy.
Still, when I know something difficult is ahead, I
meditate more. I do it not because itís some religion to
me, but because it helps me to access my own higher
knowing, my soulís knowing. And when I do that, Iím less
frightened in the world and more capable of flowing with
what Life brings, and of enjoying being alive along the
way. I wish that for you, my friends. Thank you so much
for visiting me.
Humor, Insights at:https://www.facebook.com/michael.tomlinson
P.S. Iím creating a home-based video concert for posting
on Youtube next month.
Iíll let you know when itís ready.