Meditation & Post-modern Jazz

30 December 2020
Posted in Books, Music
30 December 2020 Laura Hannah

Meditation & Post-modern Jazz

Here are 5 things that I’ve found inspirational as we’ve moved through 2020 – I hope they have a similar effect on you.

1. GOODREADS

As we moved into lockdown in March, I suddenly found myself with time on my hands – quite a shock after devoting myself to working in theatre for the past 18 years, so I started reading. Using this app I set myself a target to read 100 books in a year, I’m currently at 96 with only 3 days to go, wish me luck. 

Having read Atomic Habits by James Clear I knew that setting a target and marking off my successes was a sure way to make sure reading would become a routine, for anyone hoping to make reading a part of 2021 I’d definitely recommend this trick.

Image: Ugur Akdemir

2. TED.COM

TED Recommends has been a great addition to my daily routine, every day I receive a recommendation of a short inspirational TED Talk that I watch during my lunch break. Not only does this mean I actually stop thinking about work for 20 minutes, it also gives me much needed inspiration, provoking me to think a little deeper about subjects I thought I knew. It’s so important to take time through the day for yourself – especially now we are mostly working from home. TED.com is a brilliant and easy way to do this.

3. POST-MODERN JUKEBOX

I can’t believe I didn’t know about Scott Bradlee until 2020, but it’s true. His postmodern jukebox features modern songs performed in an old jazz age style. His tagline is New Music Old Style which sums it up perfectly. I treated myself to a vinyl record of his compilations in the summer and it’s been played almost weekly since then. For those wanting a taste I recommend the following youtube videos, let me know what you think!

4. MOVE BEYOND WORDS

This year I have spent a lot of time learning more about dyslexia, working in a creative industry has meant that many of my friends are dyslexic and although I have always been sensitive to this I didn’t really understand what that meant. Through the Move Beyond Words podcast I was able to hear how dyslexia affects people of all ages, and how the arts become a sanctuary in some respects. Offering freedom to use their creative minds to their full potential, rather than holding them back it helps them excel. There are so many wonderful facets to this neuro diverse group, and I agree with Elizabeth and Charlotte that we should start celebrating their gifts rather than continue squashing their round pegs into our square holes.

5. HEADSPACE

Finally I’m including headspace, I have never been one for meditating until this year. I found I needed time to stop and find some peace and as I was unable to travel which has always been a large part of my life, headspace stepped in. The aspect of this service I find myself using the most is actually their sleep soundscapes and sleep casts. These offer soothing sounds or stories that are told in a way to help you fall asleep, I’ve found them invaluable over the past year. I also recommend their Night time SOS for any time you wake up and can’t get back to sleep, it’s saved me on numerous occasions.

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