Coaching Kitchen #119 Surrounding Yourself with Music that Moves You

As part of a recent discussion, the facilitator asked if we could each think of some songs that put us in a great mood when we hear them. James Brown’s “I Feel Good” immediately came to mind for me. I hear the sax, I feel the beat, and my body wants to move. Smiles came to faces in the group, as they hit on the music that moves them to a good place. There was such power in that exercise, just from thinking the lyrics and melody.

I had a very similar experience last weekend, when we were sitting outside with our neighbors, enjoying a beautiful evening on their patio. Jim had some music playing, which took me back to my college days and years following. I was remembering concerts I’d attended, and feeling some of the freedom of those years. We talked about some of the fun times we each had, and shared stories and laughs.

The next evening, we were over to the home of other neighbors for a potluck. The subject of music came up again, when John was telling me about how much he was enjoying his new cabin and being retired. He•d been playing some music with a couple of guys who like to get together and jam, or just listening to them, or playing by himself. He lit up talking about it.

Later, the conversation turned to an upcoming concert by John Prine in Columbus, and the group got energized from thinking about his music and the possibility of attending. Mark and I had seen him play while we were on vacation in Vancouver, Canada, a few years back. It was my first time to see him, and I loved it. I’ve been into his music ever since. The last few days, as I’ve been thinking about hearing him again, I can feel my energy rise and I get excited about the fun we•ll have.

Whether you•re playing music, singing or listening to it, the experience can evoke powerful feelings and send you immediately into different moods. It’s a great tool for re-energizing, appreciating, reaching, connecting, calming, or moving you to whatever “space” you•re seeking.

Of course, there are many other things that you can connect with for energy and happiness. Engaging with pets, being outside and tuned into the natural surroundings, gardening, golfing, exercising, shopping, cooking, eating a great meal or trying a new food • all can be great for the soul.

So, be sure to leave some time for enjoying yourself through music, surroundings, and any activities that get you going and raise your happiness. Build it in, and feed yourself.

For those of you who embrace chocoholism, as I do, here is a delectable chocolate cake recipe. Teri made it for the potluck, and I craved it for several days after. And, it doesn’t get any easier than this.

TerI’s Chocolate Upside-down Cake

• cup (1 stick) butter, melted and poured into a 9 x 13 inch pan
• cup water, poured over the top of the butter
1 1/3 cup coconut sprinkled over butter/water mixture
1 cup chopped pecans, sprinkled over coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional but great), sprinkled over the nuts
1 dark chocolate cake mix, make as package directs and pour over the chips

Bake as directed on cake mix package, until cake is done. Let it sit for 5 minutes and flip it over onto serving plate or tray. It may be easiest to hold the tray against the pan as you flip.

Coaching Inquiries: What music makes you happy and energizes you? Do you make it a point to listen to music that moves you? What other facets do you have in your life to re-energize and to get your juices flowing? What are you willing to put in place in your life, to feed yourself on a regular basis?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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