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The Feast of the Heart

Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast - Norman Vincent Peale


With festival season in full swing here in the UK, I’m reminded that life truly is a feast of many flavours. Throughout history, people have come together to celebrate special moments, suspending everyday routines and embracing creative expression and connection.  Carnivals, parties, festivals, holidays and retreats offer a space to reflect, experiment and grow.

Vocal Vibrancy
Last weekend my second back garden (Westow Park) and local shops were full to the brim of all the creative happenings of Crystal Palace Overground Festival   Shop doors were flung open with warm hospitality, folks appeared from all directions wearing all manner of colourful garb and the wonderful random chats could be had on street corners. I loved the vocal vibrancy as neighbours, shop keepers, friends new and old opened up to new levels of connection with each other.

Doing Things Differently
I recently had the delight of facilitating an urban retreat day with Katrin Heuser and I loved the way she prompted us to do yoga differently - to place a foot or an arm in an unusual place - it was such a joyful experience.   This is my continued experience as I work with sound - I find ways shake up my habitual responses and to enjoy the spontaneity of being alive.  As I find myself turning up and tuning in with amazing individuals who are up for transformation, I am stretched in all directions.

Creative Celebration
Whether it’s Dolly at Glasto or a child’s gorgeous giggly made up song, it’s just glorious to celebrate creativity in its abundance.  The increasing number of local festivals cropping up all over the London is testament to the need to balance and harmonise the challenges of urban living.  During the festival, Joe Duggan from Crystal Palace Transition Town gave a me a guided tour of the edible garden in Westow Park, one amongst many local trouble spots that have been transformed into community resource.  I was so inspired to see how much positive change has been seeded by green fingered creatives.  Creativity grows us and grows our communities.

Beautiful Breathing
Festivity does not have to be frenzied.  Special days can offer us time out - a moment to retreat, reflect and recuperate.  The still, reflective, meditative moments of tuning in deeply through song help me reconnect with the feast of the inner world.  As working with the Singing for Breathing group at Harefield Hospital, has reminded me - all that is required is one simple breath.  As I remember the preciousness of every breath, and listen to the beauty that whispers in the breeze and the pulse of the heart that beats within everything, life indeed becomes a feast.

You are warmly invited to come celebrate the beauty of your HeartSong at the HeartSong party on 21st July - an interactive feast of singing in celebration of summer (and also my nearly-birthday)

Wishing you a full hearted, love drenched, feast of loveliness this July