If I had to choose only one thing to recharge me for the rest of my life, I'd choose music. It always soothes my mood on a bad day or gets my blood pumping and my body motivated for a workout (I'm not the only one who thinks so, view a recent CNN article about how high-tempo music can improve a workout).
Music has influenced my curiosity. I remember staying up till 2:00 a.m. in my teens (in the 90s) to watch MTV2 music videos just so I could get a taste of the non-mainstream music like britpop, house and techno. I fell in love with music that not many of my friends were into, nor my parents approved of like The Prodigy, Bjork and the Chemical Brothers. My music felt like my own discovery and escape. After college, I felt the same way disco fans must have felt, when rock and role took over the airwaves, and I mourned the death of techno. Some say techno is still thriving, but I believe the sound is totally different and has evolved from jolting beats into a gentler less "rinse and repeat beats" and more purposeful, more soulful.
Through the decades, I was able to cling to some artists like Moby, Robyn and Daft Punk who kept making music after their first hits in the 90s and managed to evolve their sound into the more softer purposeful electronic tunes in the 2000s without losing their weird edge.
Electronic music is still one of my recharges. And today my playlists are flooded with motivational dancy beats (like by Sia, Goldfrapp, Ellie Goulding, Gryffin, Sultan + Shepard, Arty, David Guetta, Jess Glynne, Lissie, Axwell, Calvin Harris, Krewella and so so so many more that still most of my friends and family cannot relate to; my exploration lives on and is half the fun).
I'm no different than any other music lover who lives through the evolution and demolition of musical genres. The versatility of music is what makes it so amazing. If music can adapt through the decades, what great symbolism to show us that we too can evolve to the beats of our hearts while connecting to the rhythms we love and gravitate toward.
But that's not the only thing that recharges me. My curiosity about the fabrication of life and exploring it is another thing that recharges me (no big whoop right? wink). That's why I love reading philosophy books (like by one of my favorite authors Alan Watts); I find the Eastern mindset calm and refreshing, not to mention a healthy way to escape the pace of the modern western world through practices like meditation.
I also feed my curiosity through observing the connections between math, nature, sound, microbiology, planetary rotations, and basically everything. I feel that finding commonalities and linking these things together is like getting a peek behind the curtain of the meaning and makeup of life.
Funny enough, this curiosity and observing connections is actually why I love recharging by creating mathematical/geometric inspired string art. From the golden ratio to math times tables to the planetary rotation patterns, I love that I can recreate these connections by using such simple things as plywood, nails and string.
Overall, my recharge outlets makes me feel more connected to the rhythm of my beating heart and to the fabrication of life itself. How do you recharge?
The string art below are just some examples of how I've explored the patterns found in life.
The video below is an amazing demonstration of Cymatics (the study of sound) with some creative musicians who bring it to life. This is a great example of how I feed my curiosity.
Article written by Kelly Stone Cramer, creator of HappinessRecharge.com, certified guided imagery meditation facilitator, empowerment author, retreat leader and string artist. Check out Kelly's soundcloud site with her own compositions of electronic music creations.