In his “Virtual Choir” TED talk, which I was fortunate enough to see in person, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre describes the impetus for his project: a quiet clearing in the woods and the thunderstorm that broke over it suddenly, beautifully. I think this is a perfect metaphor, in fact, for what’s been going on in terms of global communication in the last one hundred years.

You can read more here on The Huffington Post (‘Embracing the Latency: The Virtual Choir and Global Communication’), where this article was originally published. And, if you haven’t yet seen Eric Whitacre’s TEDTalk, it’s a must.

This piece was originally posted on The Sagebook, one of my go-to resources for all things health and wellness. Founder and long-time friend Courtney Bauer is the also the founder of Studio Anya, one of NYC’s most excellent wellness communities.

Artistic Alignment / written by Laura Cococcia / originally featured on The Sagebook

“Art is the literacy of the heart”  –Elliot Eisner

In my writing, I often take personal experiences to help relate to others, offer insights and most important, establish connections I would not otherwise have consciously designed. With all of the intellectual work that goes into writing, formulating coherent thoughts and aiming to connect with one’s audience, I had rarely stopped to take the time to focus on the rest of my Self – the body, the spirit – that connects our thoughts to actions. Only recently, after much thought about how to approach my life differently, did I tap into the need to engage beyond the mind for insights and clues to a more integrated way of being.

My ongoing movement and body work practice with the Studio Anya community have crystallized, for me, the blaring importance of movement – both big and small – for improvement of the healthy mind, for clarity of thought and for me, true alignment to what we think we want and what we actually need. The feeling of tightness in my hands after a long day of writing or the curious pull of strained energy in my left leg could be a result of a long day of sitting. That would have been my original conclusion a year ago.

Now, with the insights from my movement and energy work, I consider other possibilities. Maybe these body signals are curious clues into a different way to express my art that I may not have considered. Perhaps I need more space, a more aligned way to sit when I write, which will inspire new forms of creative energy and thought. Perhaps my body is signaling that there’s an opportunity to be more fluid, less strict, in the methods through I express my art?  These are the questions I’m currently having fun with.

For me, these are the ongoing playful questions to help inform a healthier life design, of gathering clues, of considering the heart’s alignment with a more colorful personal truth.


A Thanksgiving Gift: 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Tweet For those in the U.S., today is a day we give thanks for our friends, family, job, health — all of the gifts we’ve been given. Knowing that I love Dr. Seuss, a good friend sent this infographic to me a month ago as a birthday gift. Most are simple, funny, poignant and true. [...]

November 28, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

12 Quotes On How To Be Happy

Tweet Do you often find yourself getting caught up amidst the chaos of work, life, chores, appointments and banter? No matter where you are in the world, these 12 timeless, meaningful and inspirational quotes can bring you back to the basics that matter. I’ve been re-reading Business and the Buddha: Doing Well by Doing Good [...]

November 24, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

From Cambodia to Scotland: Stories from the Road

Tweet Here’s a quick roundup of articles I wrote during the past few months. Some of it captures my experiences at TEDGlobal in Scotland this past June and others from my volunteer experiences in Southeast Asia earlier this year. The best part: all of these meetings / interviews / projects led me meet remarkable, inspirational [...]

October 12, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Social Impact Spotlight: Spotify Gives Back by Bringing Music to Everyone

Tweet Many organizations get involved in charitable giving and volunteer work, which is always and will continue to be important. Yet, it’s the unique and innovative company that aligns its core business mission with meaningful ways to drive impact on an individual level. Spotify is doing just that. It believes in access to music for [...]

August 29, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

In the Wings: An Interview with Matthew Goodrich, Broadway Rising Star and Studied Understudy

Tweet Interview conducted and authored by Lauren Mangiaforte. Matthew Goodrich is a seriously talented actor. As of last September, he’s also one of Broadway’s hardest-working understudies. Since arriving one year ago after completing his MFA at CalArts, Matt has prepared five roles on Broadway, including three in Sam Gold’s Picnic and two in Jack O’Brien’s [...]

August 15, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Facebook Chat and the Art of Playwriting: The (Social Media) Adventures of Boy and Girl

Tweet Authored and contributed by Lauren Mangiaforte. If you believe what you read in the media, we millennials are simply enamored with social media. It’s been intimated more than a few times that we use it too much, or that we use it for nefarious purposes, or that it leads us to have lowered attention [...]

August 11, 2013 CONTINUE READING →