I haven’t posted an Our Take on Freedom entry in nearly six weeks! I very much enjoy the process of writing, reflecting and recording precisely how I spend my time. There is something validating about holding myself accountable for the days and weeks that slip by, and the reflection process is key for mindfulness and self-awareness. It is sometimes hard to get into the rhythm of starting a blog post, particularly when it involves sitting in front of my computer – a machine critical to my daily existence, yet at times too domineering in its presence.
The past six weeks have been the closest that I have come to a sabbatical or mini-retirement. I was scheduled to be on RV tour with Faces of Israel this summer, but community requests for a fall tour instead have freed up my summer days tremendously. So, what have I been doing?
A lot! My four months of aerials training at Sky Candy culminated in self-choreographed beginner performances on the Silks (see above – crazy split at 2:00) and Trapeze (see below – lots of tricks throughout), though I also learned skills on the lyra, hammock, rope, pole and cube.
I have continued to incorporate music and song into my daily routine and I even sang at my very first wedding, where I bonded tremendously with my choir members (who know how to break it down!).
I had an epiphany vis a vis my efforts to improve my singing, and that was patience. It will come. My voice is young and undeveloped now, but – just like I once was not able to drive a scooter, nail a split or author a paper but can now do all of those things – this too shall come.
In fact, last night at choir practice, I had this insane in-body / out-of-body spiritual experience of being sung. I had been working on a solo piece with a mentor in the choir and something just clicked last night. One moment, Sondra was chastising me to “forget about Barbara Streisand – feel the Lauryn Hill in you” and, within the hour, I was so moved and inside the song that my entire body was shaking, my heart was beating fast and I felt like there was something beyond my control inside of me that was coming out. It was powerful and, yes, spiritual.
Once I finished the song, Sondra turned to me and – after several exclamations of “Ooooh, oh girl!” – she said: “You’re ready for your solo. It will be this month, and you are going to reach people.” Woa. Wow. Wow.
Here are a selection of other pictures from the outdoor jam with Grant:
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