My Summer Soundtrack is an old song newly discovered which will always bring with it memories of a van driven lazily along dusty dirt roads, the ocean ahead with the shadowy, ochre foothills of the Atlas Mountains behind. American singer songwriter Matt Simons‘s gentle ballad Catch and Release speaks in golden sounds of a search for peace and meaning in solitude:
There’s a place I go to
Where no one knows me
It’s not lonely
It’s a necessary thing
It’s a place I made up
Find out what I’m made of
The nights I’ve stayed up
Counting stars and fighting sleep
Ajahn Sucitto – a Buddhist Monk and as I’m sure I’ve said before, one of the wisest people I am lucky enough to know, is presently on a sabatical travelling, teaching and generally regrouping after many years as the Abbott of a monastery. His teaching is really accessible and presented with great warmth. I try to take some time out to read his gently and beautifully written blog. This post talks about stress and anxiety and the ways in which it might be possible to cultivate a more peaceful approach to living. Pragmatic and engaging, it’s really worth a read.
Discharging Stress Recharging Life is written from a Buddhist perspective but is advice that’s relevant to anyone who feels they are in danger of living too hard and fast.