Happy new moon in Virgo! And now almost full moon in Pieces. ( Monday)
Sweet September indeed. I started this blog back on August 21. Hello “transition into fall, trying to catch my breath” reality. LOL. Here we are now at September 18.
I turned 50 a few weeks ago and I feel beyond blessed. Those of you who have already turned 50 know that it creates an opportunity for deep awareness and reflection.
I remember turning 40. That experience also invited me into a lot of reflection and, in fact, I created 40 chants in 40 days a practice which I shared on youtube leading up to my 40th birthday. That action that I took in a time of my life where I was really struggling in a lot of ways was truly transformative for me – both personally and professionally. I remember saying to myself (and anyone that would listen), “I am no longer doing anything that isn’t a part of my soul reason for being here. It was not the easiest decade I must admit, but it certainly was the most expanding and has led me to now – a time where I am truly happy and healthy.
What I didn’t fully realize at the time was that creating 40 and Fabulous was helping me lay a vibrational grid for the next ten years of my life. It led me to record my album 2012: Isn’t it Amazing and the founding of my business Sounding Still Wellness. It led me to chanting and singing in many yoga studios and healing festivals, where I taught meditation classes and facilitated lots of Rising Star Healing Sessions and initiations. It was a dream come true and it all began with my desire to heal and awaken myself. It did not always feel like a dream come true, but it was.
Now, here I am again looking forward at a new decade and I imagine I am laying a new vibrational grid, one that builds on all I have learned, both expanding and simplifying that which most resonates for me now.
What does this mean on a practical level and how can you look forward to tuning into me and my work?
I am recording my sixth album to be released in Spring 2022. (YAHOO!)
I am growing and developing my music teaching career at a resourced vibrant school called The Meadowbrook School of Weston, which provides me with community, financial flow and abundance and joy
I am becoming certified as a Transformational Life Coach in Awakening Feminine Power, which will allow me to serve even more women as they fully self-actualize here in this lifetime.
I can’t wait to share with you all the new songs I am writing and hear more about your journeys in person as I begin booking in person gigs again. If you are a yoga studio or healing center and would like me to come to your space, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am also available for private house concerts.
Be gentle out there, trust your own path, and look for like-minded vibrations to play with.
How is everybody? I just wanted to update my site and give you some good vibes and good music to tune into.
Life is dynamic and constantly evolving. I am grateful for all the peace, love, and abundance in my life right now and I have the joy of being a teacher, so summer vacation is on!
I am in the process of remembering who I am as a singer/songwriter and performer – YAY! So please reach out, if you would like to book me – in a good old-fashioned venue or your back yard. (Here’s to lots of singing LIVE in 2022!!)
I have new songs and old songs and lots of love and inspiration to share, so tune in and let me know if you would like to experience me in the flesh in your yoga class or sacred/healing event.I am about to go back in to studio and record some new songs. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, Have you listened to 12 Rebirth lately? It’s a perfect record for right now.
It was a glorious weekend of weather on Cape Cod and like so many of us I am moving through many transitions and awakenings.
It’s funny to say that in a way because I have been consciously on a spiritual awakening path since 2005. As we know though, it never really ends, does it? And these last 18 months have helped bring a lot more to the surface – individually and collectively.
Two years ago I released 12 Rebirth to honor my healing and creative journey and if you have not listened to it yet, I highly recommend it. Want to sink into a feeling of Authentic Joy and longing? Try Moments of Bliss. Want to feel supported as you face a new big change? Try Walk You Way On Through. Want to get in the mood for a much more open and happy summer by the sea? Try I am the Ocean
This summer I turn 50 and although I can feel how much growth I have had over the last decade, I am still learning how to love, lose, love again, prioritize my own well-being, realize my full creative potential, and serve others at the highest vibration. In some ways, I have made so much progress and in others I still feel stuck in patterns that just don’t seem to want to shift. Can you relate?
What I know is that everything is easier when I keep my heart open. This is my practice going forward. Self-compassion. And compassion for all other beings that choose to receive.
I still remember my mom saying to me in the last few months of her life with such wisdom and awareness, “Just keep opening your heart”. I am still working on it mom and even though you haven’t been in physical form for the past 14 years, I know your Spirit has been with me and many others this whole time.
May I be at Peace, May my heart remain open, May I awaken to the Light of my own true nature, May I be healed, May I be a Source of healing for all beings.
Tomorrow is the official holiday in the Unites States honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. I have so many mixed feelings and not many words that feel necessary. I usually share the song I wrote in the summer of 2016 called Freedom is an Inside Job at this time.
It feels more right though to share this classic from Sam Cooke originally released in 1964.
Some songs feel sacred to me. This is one of them.
May sacred songs of love and truth and justice and peace and unity rise up for all of us as we continue to walk forward imagining a better future.
Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, thank you for being you.
May the Light of all Lights be upon you and all those you serve.
This time of year I usually share my song Be The Light. I love this song and this recording and the video I made in 2019. During this time of the shortest day here in North America, the idea of Being the Light really resonates for me. Many cultures have rituals this time of year that remind us of Light even in dark times – whether literal or figurative.
This year, however, I am hearing a new message: Be You.
And in Being You, we become a better Us.
How is this different from Be the Light? For me, it is the practice of holding the paradox. What if the amount of so-called darkness and light is exactly as it should be. What if no one or even the world needs me to “be the light?” What if what we all need and what the world needs is for each of us to take time to really KNOW ourselves and then practice being That with courage, clarity, love and joy.
What if we all spent less time trying to convince others of how they should be and really got to know ourselves on a deeper level. Through this we become more open to receiving new people in our lives that also know themselves more deeply and we open to co-creating NEW experiences, NEW systems, NEW villages and NEW moments that feel authentic, life-giving, inclusive and harmonious.
These are some of the things I have been thinking about as 2020 comes to a close. I will be chanting on Sunday (tomorrow) Dec 20, 2020 at 5pm on Zoom. I would love for you to join me.
EMAIL me here if you would like the Zoom information. You can also make a donation of $10-20 through PayPal or Venmo and I will send you the link.
My prayer for myself and for all of us is that we take the time and have the courage to go deep deep inside right now allowing ourselves to know (yet again) who we truly are and how we may best share that vibration with others.
If you, like me, are feeling something new coming but not quite sure what it is, while also grieving for a sense of things lost – whether named or not, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
All is Well.
I have lots of music that can support you, wherever you are on your journey. Walk your Way on Through from 12 Rebirth is always a favorite for times of transition.
Viv and I both have November 11th on our calendars as a day for deep meditation and contemplation as we tune into the possibilities of our journeys and that of the Collective. We invite you into our own flow through 11-11 in whichever ways feel best to you. Join us just for chanting or meditation, or join us for all three experiences! If you’re not able to attend live, the recordings of each session will be available for you to access later.
Here’s what 11-11 Flow with Viv and Alicia looks like on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020:
8:00 am ET Chanting live with Alicia via Zoom video, clearing our throat chakras and opening up our crown chakras (30 minutes)
11:11 am ET Guided Meditation live with Viv via phone (conference line), connecting in with Gaia / Earth and opening our heart chakras (20-30 minutes)
7:00 pm ET Chakra Activation live with Viv and Alicia via Zoom video, using sound and visualization to activate Flow in our energy chakras, allowing the community space to support the expansion of our individual capacity! It is going to be POWERFUL! (60-90 minutes)
It has been a powerful 6 months on planet earth and in the United States of America. very painful for many and also incredibly awakening for us all.
I am excited to be singing this Sunday at 1pm in my home village next to this beautiful mural recently commissioned to be painted on a local barn. (right across the street from Sturgis Library). It was painted by Joe Diggs and Jackie Reeves.
I remember growing up in Barnstable Village and going to Barnstable High School from 1984-1988 and knowing something was very wrong. I could tell how I got special treatment because I was a “good kid”. A good kid because my Dad was a doctor and I had white skin with blond hair. I watched as other students who were black or didn’t have a mom always on the PTA got treated differently. I didn’t have the language to talk about it – and not many adults did either – but I could feel it and it didn’t feel good.
That is why I wanted to get off Cape Cod as quickly as possible. I could tell I was different somehow (even though I had not yet come out as a lesbian) and wanted to find people who felt different like me and were working for equality and inclusion.
I have journeyed to lots of places in this world – 12 years in Brooklyn, NY, a couple years in the Middle East (Cairo & Lebanon), 8 years back on Cape Cod running Sounding Still Wellness and now I am currently living in Boston teaching at a private school in Weston.
The reality and pain of white privilege and colonization is everywhere, and we are in a time now with great opportunity to educate ourselves, so we can begin talking and acting in public, as well as privately, with more intention, awareness and transformational love.
I could not be more happy to sing and be among artists who are asking questions and creating conversations right here in my home village of Barnstable.
10 years ago I was flying to Lebanon to teach music at the American Community School in Beirut. It was 2010 and I am pretty sure the apartment I lived in during that time has been blown up. My heart is with the Lebanese people and all helping to support them in this moment. I remember singing Better Me at a school talent show and a student coming up to me and saying, why are you a teacher? Why are you not a famous singer? I left Beirut 3 months later and recommitted my life to why I am here. That led to the 2012 release of Isn’t it Amazing?
Now here I am in Boston, MA stepping into a new teaching position at The Meadowbrook School of Weston in the middle of a global pandemic and the cultural pandemic (and hopefully transformation and reparation) of systemic racism. Full circle for this little human being, I must admit.
If there is one thing I know now on the eve of my 49th birthday, I was born to be a teacher and my students are here to awaken me.
In September of 2001, I was living in Brooklyn, NY and was working on the 16th floor of Rockefeller Center as a temp when two planes hit the World Trade Center. This past March, as COVID took NYC by storm, I was in Boston, MA remembering that time vividly.
2020 has taught me time is a spiral, everything is energy and when in doubt, I choose love. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.