Take a break. Seriously (Part I)

Dec 21, 2021

The moments we have for ourselves without distractions and noise are a privilege. We treasure them with all the fiber of our beings.

If you desperately want a moment for yourself but are looking for something different for your enjoyment, we have you covered. Art is the best vehicle to awaken our spirit and sense of self.

LUAN’s team curated a beautiful list of music and poetry for moments of solitude. We hope you enjoy it.

Find a quiet place without distractions, sit comfortably, put on your headphones and let your ears do all the work.

Step 1. Read the poetry with calm, word by word (one or two times! let it sink in. Try reading it out loud just for you!)

Step 2. Play the music

Step 3. Close your eyes, listen, and just feel.


Tip: At the end, you can write your feelings and recollections of the experience. Share with us how it went!


Imagine yourself wandering in a beautiful forest and around you a dance of fireflies.

Photo: Eduardo Cortina Murrieta (@ecortinam)


Lost by David Wagoner

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you 

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, 

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.


Coahuila by Balmorhea



Fireflies by Marilyn Kallet
In the dry summer field at nightfall, 

fireflies rise like sparks. 

Imagine the presence of ghosts

flickering, the ghosts of young friends,

your father is nearest in the distance.

This time they carry no sorrow,

no remorse, their presence is so light.

Childhood comes to you,

memories of your street in lamplight,

holding those last moments before bed,

capturing lightning-bugs,

with a blossom of the hand

letting them go. Lightness returns,

an airy motion over the ground 

you remember from Ring Around the Rosie.

If you stay, the fireflies become fireflies

again, not part of your stories,

as unaware of you as sleep, being

beautiful and quiet all around you.


River flows in you by Yiruma


Sweet Darkness by David Whyte
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone,
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your home
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
Experience by Ludovico Einaudi

What ideas or stories emerge for you?
Breath deeply one more time and listen to (Bowsprit by Balmorhea)