The Journey continues.

My last morning in LA was at the Expressive Therapies Summit along with Christine. We spent time in the evening prior mind-mapping Music Medicine protocols and tools to enhance the participant’s manual. Watch this space.

The conference presentation by Christine was on the four elements of Music Medicine and I got to be in the Pit Band. Such a deep groove alongside Summer and Curtis, two amazing musicians. Time to say bye bye LA and head for Scotland.

The flight home was sleepless and I landed at Wiston at 9pm the next day after a taxi ride from the airport…way too jet lagged for buses and trains. There was a party in the woods for my dear friends Si n Eva who have now left for the Czech Republic on a new adventure in their lives. The party was a great landing, a fantastic goodbye and an all-nighter for the hard core musicians, which worked well for me with the jet lag 😉

Not so the next 48 hours as insomnia kicked in alongside digestive troubles…common with deep lag. After a short stay on the land in my cabin I then headed across the time zones again for Barcelona where I currently type. I am I think ( fingers and toes crossed) just starting to catch up with myself physically and sleep-wise.

I’ll blog about Barcelona and my time here in the next instalment.

For now though a few reflections on the journey so far.

The World is nowhere near as crazy as our media would have us believe. Sure there are major issues facing us as a planetary family but my faith in humankind has been fully restored by this trip. There are good people everywhere doing great work and I am happy to be part of that community.

Friends, family and community are the cornerstones of our lives. Don’t let any kind of drama stop those real connections from being fully present in your life. Life really is too short.

Drumming is fucking amazing. Oh my God!!! The drum is my teacher and guide and has opened doors across the world for me to connect, play and dance a dance of such joy that I cannot express enough gratitude for it’s beauty in my life.

Travel should be an integral part of our children’s education. Nothing like being in another culture to help you broaden you view of things.

Jet Lag sucks but it’s worth it.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends” – Maya Angelou

“Hands up if you love drums and travel” Paul John Dear 😉

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