I was Dorothy in my Houston, Texas elementary school production of "The Wizard of Oz". I don't remember being nervous singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" alone on a stage in front of 100 people at 10 years old but I do remember my Mom and Dad being both proud and scared for me (or for them). The song, as well as the movie from which it came have become anchors that connect my awareness and reality to a world I like to identify as "higher power messaging.". Every time I hear the song playing loudly or softly echoing in the background, I stop and check in with what is happening around me and say to myself, "Pay attention, this is one of those moments you don't want to miss."

Whether on a vacation with my kids or standing in line for groceries, any version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", will ignite mindfulness that triggers a check in. I take a deep breath and become mindful of the moment. Breathing into mindfulness, however and whenever we choose to do it, is scientifically proven to be life altering. It changes our body chemistry, relieves stress and extends our telomeres. It's one of the foundations of living a more peace filled life. If just one person has more peace in a moment, that's more peace in the world. What are the themes that echo through your life? Breathe into them and enjoy!


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