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Flow with it

Published: March 5, 2014, 9:18 am, by Jen Mulson

I usually start teaching a yoga class by offering a theme of sorts. These vary widely, and sometimes are just me offering something interesting I’ve heard or read during the last week. Sometimes it has to do with yoga, sometimes it has little to do with yoga. But hopefully they are a bit of food for thought. At least, that’s my intention.

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago

Last night was one of those instances. On Monday afternoon, I got the chance to talk with JT Nero of the Americana folk band Birds of Chicago. They’ll play at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center next Thursday, March 13, which I’m going to try and go to. I’ve been checking them out online, and like what I hear.

Nero told me how he and Allison Russell, the other lead singer of the group, got together. Literally. They’re married and just had a baby girl nine weeks ago. He said they had both been playing in separate bands when they met, and each liked the other’s sound so much that they’d find excuses to sit in with the other’s band.

Eventually, a few years ago, they decided to follow the momentum they were creating as a duo, and form a brand new band – Birds of Chicago.

I liked that bit about following the energy. It was a good reminder to me to look at my own life, and just notice where the energy is strong right now. Where are opportunities presenting themselves? Where are doors and windows opening? And on the other hand, where do I keep butting up against closed doors? Am I focusing on anything that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, no matter how hard I try?

These are interesting questions to ask of a life. I think following the energy in your own is a wise way to go, and then considering a different direction or approach to those situations that aren’t producing any results.

Food for thought. Spicy!