My Tiny Reality
A blog about reality, dreams, and the space between.
Thistle songs sear glorious melodies of immeasurable beauty
into my drumming ears.
sung to take me to a place only angels know
a never ending song calling since birth.
turning to look down dimly lit streets
the song is loudest
always when i try to deny it.
Harps in harmony are nothing near what I hear
for there is no sound to be heard,
in muscle, cell, and bone
Surprised am i to realize the song is my own.
the next part goes like this:
“Instead of getting stuck on what’s wrong, get stuck on what you can do to change it.”
In my experience of yoga the use of music has proven an amazing aid to deepening my practice. The light of our life and existence eternally bursting forth through ourselves into so many different shades of colors. We have many different filters which are placed on the light. The filters do not diminish the strength of the light, they merely change it. For example a filter can be a religion, social class, passioned interest, and what I will be focusing on here yoga.
This light shines through the filter of yoga with the filter of music bringing you to different perspectives of the light you may have never experienced before. In my experience one of these perspectives has been tuning into sensations and aspects of my body I had never paid attention to. Such as the sensation of your feet upon the mat, ground, carpet or wherever you may be. Focusing on that can lead to focusing on how the knees feel, your entire leg pressing into the earth, and your whole body holding itself up. The sensation of the breath is also a very colorful one. The feeling of your lungs filling up and holding them full, your whole diaphragm expanding, then the complete exhale and decompression of everything, all to come back to fullness again. Up and down it goes. As you notice this more you can be lead to those other aspects of yourself like how your body feels as it flows in, out and through the space around you with the ups and downs of the music. The music can begin to inspire new ways of moving. And all this is coming from the light!
All of it is the light presented in a different way. This is all one small aspect of it too. There’s countless ways to experience the light. One not being better than the other, just different ways, different paths. Practicing in silence is also amazing giving a unique and sacred experience. Silence can help bring your practice deeper and to some of the same perspectives music brings or completely different. Some or none days practicing in silence may be preferred. What is important is how you treat your own practice and what it means to you. This idea isn’t just for yoga either. The more we become aware of what we do day in and day out helps us to better direct our individual lives and humanity as a collective towards a harmonic way of living. If you do something, do it fully, completely, and if it doesn’t mean anything to you find what does.
Upon being asked what the single most important meditation was, the Dalai Lama replied: “Critical thinking, followed by action.”