January 16, 2014

The First Violin... or living our life wholeheartedly

Last week, my husband and I went to a classical concert given by the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra.  We had not been at one for years, and it felt wonderful and slightly luxurious to take this time, on a week night, to sit down and immerse ourselves in music.

We had front row tickets, and therefore were almost sitting WITH the orchestra. The music was beautiful, the harmony between the musicians something I had never experienced before. Mind you, althought I truly appreciate classical music, I do not listen to it on most days. But this concert - it was really beautiful. I was being carried by the music... and then something caught my eye.

There was this player (frail, of asian ascendance, in his early twenties), sitting at the front row.  He was playing the violin.  But he was playing it with such passion - it felt to me as if  he was dancing with his violin. Whispering secrets to it. His entire facial expressions were a story in itself.  You could see delight, surprise, passion, tenderness, playfulness...  This player, the first violin, LIVED his music.  And his passion, his profound love for the music, the way he had of giving himself completely to it....  it filled my heart with glee. Seeing his joy, he transmitted it to me... I was smiling from ear to ear for the most part of the concert, because he was able to communicate to me, to all of us, his love and passion.  Pure delight.  Lived joy.

Swaying in the light - Neocolor II on watercolor paper - art journal spread

This had a profound effect on me.  Living a life of purpose, I believe, is being aligned with what makes our heart sign, what makes our soul come alive.   We often forget this.  We don't take the time... we have so many things to take care of in our full-to-the-brim life...  But this nurturing of the Soul is essential if we are to live a wholehearted life.  Be it music, painting, creative writing, art journaling, playing an instrument, dancing with your kids, connecting with the body with breath and movement... what makes your soul come alive?  What makes your heart sign?

Can you imagine a world where everyone would take the time every day, even for just 10 minutes, to make this heart and soul connection?  I believe the joy created inside our hearts could not help but make our world a kinder, wilder, happier place.

How about if, today, we all took  the time, if only for 10 minutes, to connect with that joyful place?

I would love to hear from you - what makes YOUR heart sign?  How do you make time for it?

Wishing you a fill-to-the-brim-with-joy day,

p.s.:  Today is the day my intervew at the Create You! Telesummit airs.  You can find more details here www.fullcoloryou.com, or by clicking on the button at the upper right.  I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. What a beautiful post, Isabelle! I also love your journal spread. Colourfully beautiful! I love that question: What makes my heart sing? Last night, I participated in a drumming circle. The facilitator has a way to create a safe community atmosphere that is just out of this world and that reminded me very strongly that connection is so important and having a sense of belonging. So I can definitely say that connection and feeling that I belong makes my heart sing. Creativity also makes my heart sing. Being of service makes my heart sing. The list goes on and on!

    1. Dear Ginette, thank you so much for sharing what makes your heart sing. How wonderful for you to have fond a community to express your creative soul... to be part of a community where we feel safe to explore and express is so essential, especially in these times where a lot of people find themselves isolated. It is so beautiful to see the many ways you are connecting with your heart by listening to its message, and callings. Sending you hugs...