I’m definitely a creature of habit. When I find a meal at a restaurant that I love, I usually order it every time. I’ve been using the same laundry detergent for years. On my morning walk, I’ve been listening to the same songs for over a year now. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? There’s truth in that old saying, but this approach also prevents me from discovering new things.
Earlier this month, I realized I was bored with my walking music. None of my regular playlists felt like they would inspire or sustain me for the entire four-mile trek, but I hadn’t purchased any new music lately. Then I remembered my partner added me to his Spotify account. For those who don’t know Spotify, it’s an app with a monthly fee that lets you stream (play) almost any song on your device. I rarely use it because I forget I have it. I’m so grateful I remembered it that day because I desperately needed some new musical inspiration.
When I opened the app, I entered the title of a song a friend recommended in the search field. The song popped up, I hit play, and off I went on my walk. I played a few other songs that my friend recommended, and when they finished, Spotify continued playing similar songs it thought I would enjoy. Those algorithms must be pretty good because I enjoyed most of them very much! The next day I discovered how to ask Spotify to create a playlist of similar songs based on a particular artist. Then I learned that feature can also create a playlist of songs from a particular DJ or remixer. How cool is that? It’s like hiring a DJ to play a set for my private walking dance party, albeit without the seamless mixes from one song to another.
The next day I asked Spotify to play songs from one of my favorites, an Israeli DJ and record producer who infuses a Middle Eastern vibe into many of his remixes. I absolutely love his sound, and Spotify introduced me to a plethora of his songs I had never heard. Before I knew it, I had walked/danced my way around the circumference of the park. It was so much fun! I continue to hear new music every day while also replaying some that have become new favorites. Remember, I’m still a creature of habit. These new songs have reinvigorated my morning cardio routine and inspired me to add another day of walking to my schedule. I received many unexpected benefits by allowing myself to try something new!
There’s truth in this quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Is there something you’d like to have that continues to elude you? Perhaps now is the time to try something you’ve never done. Family Constellations is a miraculous process that gives you an experience of re-writing your story so you can free yourself from unconscious limits. I continue to be amazed and humbled by what happens in both group and private sessions online. Visit the Family Constellations page on my website for more information about this life-changing opportunity and visit the Calendar page to see when the next Virtual Family Constellations Workshops are happening. To schedule a private session, please send me an email.
Until next time, keep enjoying your favorite things, but don’t forget to make space for wonderful new opportunities for joy to emerge!
Nothing you undertake with certain purpose and high resolve and happy confidence, holding your brother’s hand and keeping step to Heaven’s song, is difficult to do.
A Course in Miracles ~ T-26.V.2:5