Welcome to my twice-monthly feature about anthems, the songs that inspire us. You can listen to the songs on my Spotify playlist, Carry A Watermelon Anthems. New Anthems will be posted here the 1st and 15th of each month (usually…this post is a day late because Summer Brain).
Please welcome Suzie Bichovsky to our playlist. Suzie and I have been friends for over ten years. I’m agonizing over how to describe her, so I’m going to say the first thing that came to mind: she is like a piece of baklava – layer upon layer of goodness, a little nutty, very sweet, and always comforting.
“What we think, we become.” ~ Buddha
Music permeates and seeps into the mind, body, and soul. If we are what we eat, then we must also be what we hear. I use meditation music to get my day started and to get grounded.
If meditation music slows me down, then my anthem speeds me up. When cleaning, paying bills, jotting quick writes, I turn to Express Yourself by Diplo featuring Nicky da B. For real.
I was first drawn to this for its beat and a misheard lyric on my part. “Express yourself…release your goal.” (The real lyric is “Release the glow.”) A real lyric I love is “Put your back in it.” This is what I do. I use my voice to express myself and support others in doing so. I step fully into choices that make my goals a reality instead of dreams. I give my all to what I am committed to and passionate about.
When the words drop out and the musical frenzy kicks in, my inner hip hop goddess emerges. My dance moves are epic and private: I’m all head, shoulders, hand movements at the chest level, resting think face. That’s right- Resting. Think. Face. I zone out and get pumped.
I can take on the world!
Or…my to do list.
While it might be expected to have more moments of clarity when tuned into stillness, lively and vibrant beats often reveal inspiration to me.
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Suzie Bichovsky is a burnout prevention coach, an urban educator, and a professional development provider. She also likes cats. You can find Suzie online at suziebichovsky.com or follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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