Monday Meditation: Keep Breathing

“You took it all, but I’m still breathing.”

-Sia, “Alive,” This is Acting

After I lost my mother, I started driving from home to work (Richmond, VA to Washington, DC) instead of taking the train. I found driving and listening to music very therapeutic. I would put on my Pandora radio and still as loudly and as vivaciously as I could while driving.

About a year after my loss, when I was living and working in DC, I drove to work (even though the metro would have been easier) so I could have music and sing without a care. Sia’s album This Is Acting was released that year and my Pandora station began playing “Alive” by Sia. I downloaded the album so I could play the song whenever I wanted in my car and at home. It became an anthem for my healing.

For lyrics, click here.

Sia, “Alive” from This is Acting

Published by ancarroll

Alexandra N. Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She writes on grief and self-care from her home in Burlington. In her spare time, Alexandra crochets, reads, and explores.

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