by Cate and Catherine
A few weeks ago I (Cate) received an email with a unique and fun contribution to the blog – a post-leaving playlist. This submission from Catherine reminded me that I had my own list of songs written down somewhere – songs that had given me hope and emotional release in those months (and even years) after I left my community. Music is a powerful tool and can be a means of great healing.
Here’s what Catherine has to say:
Not sure about you, but I’m one of those people who likes to have a “theme song” or two for the significant moments and stages of my life, including entering and leaving religious life. I find that music helps me to connect with and process my emotions, make sense of all that’s going on and understand how I can respond to it.
So, here’s my “post-leaving playlist.” I’ve tried to include a mix that covers the spectrum of emotions and stages of processing that happens. Some of these are songs to cry to, others to dance to. Some are Christian, others secular. In all of them, there’s a note of hope and encouragement.
Hope you enjoy 🙂
Psalm 13 (Alisa Turner)
On the Third Day (Matt Maher)
The Cave (Mumford and Sons)
Waiting for My Time to Come (Colony House)
Be Still My Soul/In You I Rest (Kari Jobe)
And here I’ll add my own list to Catherine’s:
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again (Danny Gokey)
Trust in You (Lauren Daigle)
Still Burning (Sixpence None the Richer)
Something Wild (Lindsey Stirling with Andrew McMahon)
Your Hands (JJ Heller)
The Waiting (Jamie Grace)
Magnify (We Are Messengers)
What’s on your post-leaving playlist? Please add your contributions in the comments!