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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Love (& Music) Makes the World Go 'Round

I was sitting at my son's Suzuki piano lesson last night and picked up a copy of the magazine put out by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  The editorial was so interesting and had a description of some comments made by fellow teachers at a recent Suzuki conference about the ideas behind the Suzuki philosophy.  Unfortunately, I didn't capture them all, but here are a few:
  • "Capture the heart of the child."
  • "Each person has a wonderful living soul."
  • "We need to be respectful of every human being."
 The editor goes on to state that this is why she loves the Suzuki philosophy.  I love it, too!  In Dr. Suzuki's own words, “When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”

I love the fact that Dr. Suzuki sees the potential in everyone and works so gently to bring forth the best in others.  There are so many lessons to be learned from this.  Personally, I have grown as a parent and a person by being involved with this practice.

If you'd like to learn more about Suzuki, please visit 
You can also pick up a copy of the book Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki.

It's nice to have things in our life that remind us to keep the Golden Rule at the heart of it all and help us to remember that "love is all we need".  For me, it is sometimes a challenge to put love first, above anger and other emotions that come to the surface in daily life.  Our family is Catholic, so in this season of Lent, we are reminded of Christ's deep love for us and his messages to us of the importance of love.  What things do you hold dear in your life that keep the Golden Rule close to your heart?  In the busyness and business of everyday life, is there something that helps you stop and remember to spread the love, even when you might not be feeling it?


  1. My sweet mother lived by the Golden Rule and has taught me so much and even though she has been gone from our lives for almost 8 years, I keep going back to her spirit, remembering and thanking her for all that she has done for me. She worked so hard and shared the love everywhere she went and in whatever she did. I too hold my children and grandchildren dear in my heart and they inspire me to be the best that I can be every day. God has blessed me with peace and tranquility, which I don't always take advantage of, but I do try to keep peace between family and friends and share the love in my daily life. I spent the day with Sr. Mary Joseph from The Joseph House and kindness just overflows from her heart, which in turn inspires me to do more for others. Nothing should ever get in the way of's a magical thing!
    Kate, as you see, we learn each day from small things around us how God works in our lives and he has especially blessed you :)

  2. Mom, you are the best peacemaker I know!!! And you take right after Grandmom for the love you share!!! I am very blessed to have you as my Mom!

    I found and loved this today, too:

  3. This book looks good, too:

  4. Read the Mirror of Relationships...very interesting. I would have never looked at things the way he does. I guess that's why his name is Deepok because he really gets "deep" - LOL :)