The holidays, or as Prince calls them “the holidaze,” can be a very hectic time of year. We often plan so much into our days that we simply forget to be in the moment. This song has always been a great reminder for me to just breathe.
The first time I really connected with this song, I was walking on a cobblestone path in downtown St. Paul. I had spent the entire day by myself at the Science Museum to fulfill my constant need to learn as much as I possibly can. I had the playlist of all my favorite Prince music on shuffle while walking to catch a train home, and this song came on. The road was closed to traffic, there was nobody else on the sidewalk, and I just walked as the sun permeated my skin and violins bathed my soul.
The keyboards shifting between my ears, begging for my attention, are a perfect example of all the craziness in our world. You try so hard to take everything in that you can but sometimes forget to let go and make room for change. The violin splits through this gentle chaos and makes me feel aligned with what is truly important in life.
At this moment, you are seamlessly flowing with the cosmos. There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rain forest, between your bloodstream and the world’s rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover. -Deepak Chopra