Silhouette of man on the edge of a cliffI’ve always loved the quote, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” It gets misattributed to Stephen Covey and Wayne Dyer, two popular self-help gurus who both use it, however the credit belongs to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin from his book The Phenomenon of Man.

But this “human experience” gets difficult sometimes. The details of daily living can make us forget that we are boundless spirits connected to everything in a vast universe. So what’s a universal spirit to do when life tries to confine it, tries to hold it down? For me, I turn to a song.

Music is a mood creator. When it comes to something we have direct control over, and instant access to, I know of nothing that works better than music to shift our moods in a positive direction. I imagine you are keenly aware of how different songs make you feel inside. If you’re not aware, then I recommend paying more attention to how certain songs affect your mood. Which songs lift you? Which ones bring you down. Which songs rev you up, giving you the energy you need to face the world? Knowing the answers is a powerful tool.

Much gets written about the power of positive thinking, and I believe in it. But sometimes it’s hard to lift ourselves from the trenches we’ve dug when life attacks. The right song can not only help you escape the trenches, but can prepare you to face and negate whatever is attacking.

For the most part, I categorized and name my iTunes’ playlists by the moods they create, such as “Calming” or “Energizing.” I also have one titled “Boundless,” what I like to think of as my “Nothing Can Stop Me” playlist.

And within it is my favorite song ever: Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel. From the moment I heard it for the first time over twenty years ago and up to this day, the song has always given me an instant sense of connectedness to all things, the same connectedness I described in Universal Perfection. Solsbury Hill enlightens and transforms me when I need enlightenment and transformation.

But what works for me probably won’t work for you. You have to “own” the song by discovering it and the power it holds for you.

So what is your song? One you can always count on to make you feel great, to make you feel formidable. If you don’t know the answer to that question, I urge you to figure it out.

Go find your song.

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