Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rest

This piece is called Serenity. It is currently available at Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY.

Rest.  We all need to.  We all need to sleep and rest and restore.  Somehow the universe doesn't seem to have gotten this message. So many people in my universe are having problems going to sleep and staying asleep. My  friends, my facebook friends and almost everyone I run into lately is having problems sleeping.

But why?  Is it because our days are so hectic we can't wind down, or is it just the general state of unrest around the world?  Wars, school shootings, politics, unemployment, every single day something horrible happens, not just horrible but catastrophic.  So many people are in just a general state of  despair. Is it hormones or the planet turning the wrong way on it's axis.  I'm not a scientist so I don't really know the answer to that, but I do believe in the bigger picture.

Most of my friends are artists nowadays.  Overly sensitive to the universe.  We laugh louder and longer than "normal" people and we cry and get sad more easily then "normal" people.  We need the universe to be working and turning so that we can keep working and turning.   An artist can never stay in just one place, we always have to be turning and changing.  And when the world is kind of crazy like this we just bounce around like a pinball machine.  Going on an hourly basis from peace to frenetic activity.  Tears to smiles in a split second and then we are back to the tears again(that could just be the hormones).  Or perhaps all those weird variations are because the planet isn't very happy with us and all these sleepless nights result in a massive universal state of unrest.

 People do crazy things when they haven't been sleeping but then again if you time everything perfectly you sometimes find ways to rest without sleeping.  You embroider, you read, you chat with friends on the computer so you know you aren't alone at 5 AM or you listen to music. Sometimes if you are very lucky you laugh, that hysterical crazy laugh you laugh when you haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks, or months or years.  I guess it's the universe's way of throwing us a bone.  Perhaps it's because artists through the ages have been known to be vey poor sleepers who are always dreaming of their next masterpiece.    Their masterpieces make it easier for us to rest and to process the unrest so we know we belong to something bigger than ourselves.

The song of the day is Rest.  It is sung by Michael Kiwanuka(cut and paste it's easier that way, perhaps with a good night's sleep I could spell it).  I listen to his music every morning now just to ease my worried mind and inspire me.  Blessings.  Go listen to music (his song Tell Me a Tale is inspirational too)your music and do something that will ease your weary mind and perhaps make it easier for you to rest if you can't sleep.


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