Ever have one of those days when you felt unappreciated, alone and just plain sad inside? That was me last Friday. A series of small things like cancelled appointments and news that only 3 people had registered for an upcoming workshop had somehow convinced me that I wasn’t valuable or appreciated. At the end of a very busy week, my spirit sunk very low.

What to do?
Pity parties aren’t my thing. I knew the answer, but still held doubt in the pit of my stomach. I needed to move and be out in nature. I reluctantly changed into my running clothes and laced up my sneakers.

Next was the challenge of choosing the right music on my iPod to guide my thoughts and running pace for the next 30 minutes. I made an effortless selection – Love songs! Why? – These were the most recent group of songs added to my iPod. I had heard many of them quite by accident last Saturday night on a cool jazz radio program and had decided they were worth buying on iTunes.

So my run began with Lovesong by Adele. I can only describe this song as sweet and pure love. A gentle caress of heart and soul in a song. I told my mind to imagine that these lyrics were sung by an angel to me. I could certainly sing each version back to my angels.

Next up was Sade singing Nothing Can Come Between Us. I imagined her voice as the strong feminine side of God speaking to me.

As my pace quickened, I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5 came next, with tiny Michael’s voice from 1971. I imagined this voice to be coming from a God who chose a child-like form to be near me. The words and melody connected me again with the world. My running became smoother, stronger and almost effortless.

Rounding the bend for the last mile, the song Fantasy by Earth Wind and Fire came on to send me home. What an amazingly joyful song! How had I missed these lyrics and the beautiful message always there since 1977?

As you glide in your stride
With the wind as you fly away
Give a smile from your lips and say
Are you free, yes I’m free
And I’m on my way…..

Our voices will ring together
Until the twelfth of never
We all will live love together as ONE

“Oh my!”, I thought to myself as I returned home. That was one of the most refreshing and uplifting runs I’ve ever taken! God surely speaks through songs and lyrics. I had become happily reconnected to my spirit, body and the planet once again.

Would this process work for you during a low time too?
Find 3-5 of your favorite old love songs and listen to them imagining that the voice of God is singing to you. Do you believe the words? Imagine yourself singing these words back to God. Which perspective brings you greater peace? Believe you have the power to connect and live as ONE.



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