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Marching Forwards. Tuesday December 30, 2014

I love marching. There's something about March music that gets you into a good place psychologically and physiologically - body and mind marching to the beat of the same drummer. I say this even though I have no military background or interest in the military - other than a deep gratitude for those who have allowed us to live safely through their dedication and sacrifice.

I think the 2/4 time signature is far more fundamental than the institutions we have associated with it - it is deeply visceral. It is good for us.

I will often 'march' up to the local shop. There's a real sense of progress in my stride. Playing music in my mind (my iMind!!) also adds to the effect - something like the Radetzky March being a top choice. I really do believe in using 'music on purpose' and the purpose of music being to enhance life. I choose music to change my state of mind. My choice has meaning, a purpose, and great power to transform my day.

However, today I have something else in mind: Marching for something. There is a story about Mother Teresa being asked to join a protest march against a conflict in one of the many troubled areas of the globe. She refused. Puzzled, the sincere protestor asked her why she wouldn't march. Her reply was that she would never march against anything...but she would gladly march for peace.

For Mother Teresa, marching was always marching forwards and marching towards something better. It was neither 'against' or 'away from' something. This positive psychology of choosing a noble goal and marching positively towards it is a great way to feel motivated.

I'd encourage you to start marching forwards towards the New Year, and for causes you believe in - even if this is as simple as the good cause of having a positive day! I promise you that you will discover something amazing - your positive stride will catch on and you will find that other people may well choose to march to the beat of a similar drummer!

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Gordon Hunter Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 7:29am

Great post and I think there are more good analogies too for life from military structure. I'm an ex-army musician and this really got my attention! Thanks.

Hopeful One Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 8:02am

Hi Lex -thanks for a thought provoking post.It is maybe an example of how the mind and body are so intimately connected.Sometimes when the mind is reluctant to participate initiating an aim toward a target through the body can often get things moving and set ourselves 'marching' toward our aim.

Julia Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 9:05am

Wonderful blog Lex. I love the idea of marching for the reasons you suggest. I often quicken my stride when walking into town but next time I will think of your words and mentally march.

The Entertrainer Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 9:52am

Hello Hopeful One and Julia... I'm enjoying the mental image of you marching with purpose today! Body in motion, mind in motion... and thus poetry in motion!

Anonymous Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 9:53am

I try to live my life in a positive way rathen than in a negative way so I like Mother Teresa's stance for positive action. I used to be a graphic designer and constantly tried to persuade clients to use positively positioned messages rather than negative statements in marketing their wares. It always surprised me how many if them came up with a negative slant.

The Entertrainer Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 11:45am

Hi Anonymous, I agree with you. I belong to a special group for INFP types (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), and am tempted to help some of my fellow INFPers reframe their goals in the positive. Ooops, I feel a blog coming on!

If you are still interested in Graphic Design, I'd love to connect - Caroline is happy to send you my email address.

The Entertrainer Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 11:46am

I bet you're marching today, Gordon! What instruments do you play?

Anonymous Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 1:22pm

I love this blog...I so need (and attempt and stumble with) this shift within myself. It's given me a brand new way of seeing it!

I've also somehow ended up with a Monty Python-esque sketch running through my mind...fab! Love from the room above the garage x.

The Entertrainer Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 1:44pm

Hi Dearest RATG... I can see you now! Ministry of Marching Walks??!!

Anonymous Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 4:08pm

Lead the way my friend!

Anonymous Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 4:10pm

That was response...ruined the effect now...head in hands :-D

DawnC.Ritchie Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 8:15pm

I'm surprised not to read that somebody else loves marching in the comments.
I too LOVE marching! I don't know why, unless it's memories of marching in The Girl's Brigade. Or maybe it's just part of me, like I LOVE maths too :D
I started a thing today after a conversation with friends last night. I've 'decided' to wash up and clean up more often and 'March' myself back to some sort of order at home. I let it slip by not squeezing out the sponge, then not eating the corner of my crusts (at the age of 46) and now instead of dashing round in preparation for a visitor, it needs a couple of hours. I feel accomplished already!
Thanks for the post Lex.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 30th 2014 @ 11:30pm

Thanks for this post. Yes I too love marching and only last night look it up on YouTube! LOL. The beat, the unity with people and the flow. So this has given me thoughts to keep on with my happy marching, and doing it as I going about ordinary walks is a great idea. Have a great day. PS, that Radetsky March is a good one.

Gordon Hunter Thu, Jan 1st 2015 @ 8:11am

I'm what you'd call a reed player so pretty much any woodwind instrument though I tend to get asked mostly to do Saxophone and flute. Do you play a musical instrument yourself?

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