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Window Weather
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #19 • View online
Hello friends!
I want to share one insight that resonated with me the past week via the meditation app Calm with Tamara Levitt about a way to move difficult emotions. First she suggested to imagine that you are looking out of the window and outside there is a terrible storm as an emotion; thunder rumbles in a distance as bolts of lightning surge down from the sky. Frozen wind howls across the landscape. Trees wrench violently from side to side and torrential rain pours down in icy sheets. As you take in this dramatic scene, you are safely indoors, snuggling under a warm blanket, sipping a cup of hot cocoa. There is an Islandic word that beautifully captures this experience - gluggavedur, which translates as the window weather; the sort of weather best appreciated from the comfort of the indoors. From a distance we can enjoy stormy weather until the sun shines again. When I heard this expression, she reminded me of what the practice of mindfulness is like. It can be helpful to observe our inner storms in the same way. If we could create a little space around the anxiety or worry or negativity, we wouldn’t get caught up in those emotions. From the safe distance we can view our emotional state more objectively and face our emotions in a calm and clear mind. This allows us to simply observe strong emotions arise and subside.
My experience
I have always loved dramatic stormy weather from the safety of the indoors since my childhood, looking out of the windows for hours. When I thought of this analogy with various emotions that we experience in our lives, it made perfect sense. Emotions always had its own life and creating drama within itself. They do what they want to do, and they are not me, but my job is to return to my breath, calmly creating some space so that I can observe emotions as a witness understanding that they arise and pass.
As Bryant McGill said, “When the dark clouds of doubt, anger, or worry begin to move upon you, steady yourself in the knowledge that in time the storm will pass.”
For you
The next time you experience that you are swept by a storm of emotions I hope you’ll remember the word Gluggavedur, Knowing that you are simply observing the weather under a warm blanket. At times life feels heavy and difficult for everyone, but we can always choose to be in the moment of now instead of projecting ourselves into the future or the past with negative emotions.
I am drinking hot cocoa with you in the spirit. 😉 Let’s dance in a storm. Have a wonderful week! 💕
Jeeyoon

This Week on Journey Through Classical Piano
Chopin ballade No. 4 in f minor
My favorite things this week
  1. A book - Practicing the Power of Now by Eckart Tolle. I’ve read his original ‘The Power of Now’ (which is much thicker) years ago, but this ‘practicing’ version is so compact, yet powerful. In many ways I recommend to start with this compact version and go to the original. It taught me so much wisdom that I want to live by it. I highly recommend it.
  2. Idyllwild, CA - I went on a little hiking trip to this cute town called Idyllwild of which the mayor is a golden retriever Max. For many years he was the one who got the most votes over other politicians. (Love the town already, right?) I didn’t have the honor of meeting him, but I met his secretary.
My favorite Music This Week
Gershwin: An American in Paris ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Gershwin: An American in Paris ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Andrés Orozco-Estrada
There is always that Gershwin kind of day when you want to just sway your arms, trot along humming the song with a hint of smile on your face, starting your spring cleaning. If you are not in that mood yet, this piece will help you to get there.
Quote of the Week
For a few weeks, I started each morning by writing “What do I actually want?” at the top of a black page. It is surprising how useful it is to keep asking the same question. Each time, my answer became more precise. Once I knew what I wanted, I turned it into action steps. -James Clear
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
I’m very excited to present the second segment of 30x3 virtual concert this Sunday! I can’t wait for this precious 30 minutes with you. I hope you can join me! Tickets 👉🏻https://t.co/F3lozTbcMa (Use a code; Valentine for 20% off from the original price) Looking forward to it! https://t.co/bOdKYe5raR
This Week's Video to Highlight
1 min/10 min/1 HOUR CHALLENGE-this is how it sounds (Schumann, Traumes Wirren, op. 12)
1 min/10 min/1 HOUR CHALLENGE-this is how it sounds (Schumann, Traumes Wirren, op. 12)
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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