March 11, 2010

Meditation Inspiration: Rent

An award-winning Broadway musical about starving artists and HIV may seem a strange place to take inspiration for meditation, but Rent has inspired me nonetheless.

Reading through Stephen Levine's book, A Year to Live, I was reminded of the song/line from Rent "No day but today." I quickly scribbled it on a piece of paper and hung it by my bedside where I see it when I wake up.

More lines from the song:
There's only now
There's only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear

What this song means to me is not that I can't plan or prepare for the future, but that I should both be conscious of where I am and what I'm doing in this current moment, and should remember to find joy in it.

What unexpected places do you draw inspiration from?


  1. Hey Rebecca!
    First I have to tell you and all who read your blog that I got my package in the mail today.
    It was a lovely assortment of stationery envelopes,stickers,etc.
    Thank you so very much! Besides being beautiful it was just what I needed as I have recently acquired two pen pals!
    Thanks once again!!!
    My inspiration comes mostly from my friends old and new(like you!)from the internet.
    While I have great friends in my life,it seems that lately no one "gets me" the way you all do here!
    God bless,

  2. Glad to hear you received the package and are enjoying it.

    I think community is important, wherever you find it... but I've been pleasantly surprised lately to find it in unexpected places.