One of my favorite holiday traditions remains the same year after year. The faces in the packed hall never seem familiar, and my seat is always different, but once the conductor opens Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, the vibrations of the music hugs away every stress of the day. The unique sounds of the symphony, choir, and soloists blends together and creates a magical performance; each musician’s artistry contributes to the whole. Even though I’ve seen the performance numerous times, I’m unexpectedly moved to tears hearing a previously unnoticed nuance in a movement. The three part score builds to the climax, the Alleluia chorus.
I’m brought to my feet as the trumpets blare- awe and joy expands and rises in every cell of my body. I leave the performance elated. The vibrancy and power of the music resonates in such a way that I not only feel a sense of connection to strangers in the hall, but it overflows onto the streets of New York City and beyond.
Handel felt inspired by Jesus and manifested a beautiful piece of music to provide inspiration to others since 1721. Jesus, one of the greatest artists, created a legacy of forgiveness, love and hope for over two thousand years. His artistry continues to ripple out into the universe to enliven and elevate millions of people.
As 2014 comes to a close, I look to my daily traditions- my routine- and feel blessed by all the unexpected moments and nuances that put a smile on my face and in my heart. I continue to evolve in the awareness that I am an artist in the creation of my life. During the year, some of my notes rang sharp, and some fell flat, but all served their part in my life’s score. I am grateful for the unique gifts my friends and family share as they accompany and play side by side with me, and I know my art grows more blissful, deeper, and loving because of them.
May the joy of the season be with you and your families! All the best in 2015!
Joy was originally published in the Bene Mudra Wellness Newsletter in 2011. Many thanks for James Bene for providing me the opportunity to start sharing blogs with others. Big hugs of love to my dear friend since college who started the tradition of experiencing The New York Philharmonic. Appreciate all the memories!
Lorraine Giordano Inspired To Health www.inspiredtohealth.net firstname.lastname@example.org 201.344.6448