May 13, 2013

Soul Food Monday! - An Inspirational Link-Up #31

Man is the soul that uses the body as an instrument of self-expression.
Hola Readers! Hope this morning everyone is having a great rise along with a BIG appetite for life where ever in the world you may find yourself today. A life filled with excitement and prosperity!   Acknowledging first that we are more than just a body is a good start to healthy wholeness.  Let's take time to feed the soul.  We feed our bodies with healthy foods to get enough energy and nutrients for optimal growth and development.  We feed and stimulate the mind with books, movies, plays and games for personal and creative development.  The same principal applies to feeding the soul.  It is just as important to feed the body as it is to feed the soul!  After all, the soul is the core of who we are!  It is who we are.  My own experiences of honoring my soul has helped me make this connection with my very soul.  And my life is so much richer in so many ways I could not have even imagined.  This is why I refuse to believe that we are just here to work, eat, sleep and die.  Yes, these are inevitable experiences we live as human beings, but we are spiritual beings as well.  So join me every Monday with a different food for the soul.
These days it is common to live life balancing hectic schedules and always on the go.  It's become normal to live a life of multitasking.  I see it on the road many times and admit I've been a culprit.  Driving while we eat, driving while we text (hopefully not you), cooking while doing laundry at the same time, on the phone while watching TV, texting while reading a book (seen it and don't quite understand that one), some even bring work home.  Needless to say we may be missing out on a lot of things life has to offer us.  I heard a very wise person say "Life is for us, not against us".  Let's take notice people!

For this edition of Soul Food Monday instead of the usual inspirational quotes, I'd like to share a story I stumbled upon Facebook that I find to be very inspiring.  Hope y'all too. 

This week's feed on...Taking Notice 

"A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?"



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Wishing everyone a magical Monday and a week full of love, laughter and excitement! 
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Where you can feed your soul and start your week with a great and positive outlook!
And ultimately brighten someone else's week by sharing your inspiration!
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6 comments:

  1. Wow who would have known... I'm a new follower from the Weekend Social Mix on GFC & G+. Looking forward to getting to know you. Will also linkup on your Soul Food Linkup. Have a great day. :-)

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  2. WOW WOW WOW!!! The last 2 sentences. I am just sitting here like in AWE.

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  3. WOW!!! WOW!!! is all I can say... I am still sitting here in AWE. Sometimes we really just choose not to see o_O

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  4. Really great post. With so many people (even in blogland) talking about taking time to breathe and live more - so few actually DO, and get that it's those little things that are the living and breathing more. :)

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  5. I read this story somewhere before. It's amazing what we can miss when we don't take the time to look!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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