‘An individuals wellbeing can only be achieved through harmonious relationships with the wider community including people, the environment, other living beings, their ancestors, the cosmos.’

‘We don’t ask good questions about the interconnectedness of the forest, because we’re all trained as reductionists. We pick it apart and study one process at a time, even though we know these processes don’t happen in isolation.’ ‘it doesn’t make evolutionary sense for trees to behave like resource-grabbing individualists,” she says. “They live longest and reproduce most often in a healthy stable forest. That’s why they’ve evolved to help their neighbors.”

Singing and being in nature can remind us of what connects us, what makes us human…we don’t need to understand the words to be moved by music e.g. when babies are soothed by lullabies.

‘Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity’- Oliver Sacks, Neurologist

In history and in other cultures music is a necessity as Oliver Sacks described. Working songs such as sea shanties and waulking songs have helped food come to our tables and put clothing on our backs. Birthing songs , keening songs, celebration songs….there are songs for everything and we continue to make more!

‘Charles Darwin wondered whether our language abilities had started with singing, and if that was the reason for our pleasure in music.

Below are some quotes on vulnerability. There is power and strength in gentleness and compassion. A screaming baby may scream louder at a shouting parent but quieten if rocked and sang a lullaby to.

‘Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.’ ‘We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.’ Brene Brown, research professor.

‘I will lead you to the river so you can remember how beautiful it feels to be moved by something that is out of your control.’ Emery Allen, poet