Wanting Memories

Dr. Joel Ying, MD

Physician, Educator, Storyteller. He hosts this website for "Living the Present Moment" as a conscious journey of Body, Mind, Emotion & Spirit. Holistic and integrative, his practice includes Tai Chi and Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Healing From the Core, Meditation. Always exploring his edges, he shares them in the blog, newsletter, courses, and online study group.

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I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me
to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes.
Ysaye Barnwell, Wanting Memories

These haunting lyrics were written by Ysaye Barnwell and originally recorded by the African-American all-women a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Since then, many groups have recorded the song, including the a capella group, Cantus. on my last blog post.

The lyrics are a beautiful reminder of those that have passed on and how they have influenced our lives. Grief touches all of us at some point. It is a fact of life that leaves us “wanting memories.” Songs like these carry us through the process to the beauty of this precious thing we call life. You can find the full lyrics online.

Watch Sweet Honey in the Rock perform “Wanting Memories”