GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#16 — August 1, 2013

I think I should have no other mortal wants,
if I could always have plenty of music.
Life seems to go on without effort,
when I am filled with music.

— George Eliot

Greetings, Inspired Seeker!

Music seems to be a universal language; it does not matter our culture or our beliefs. Music transcends and unites, and all faith practices recognize this:

Buddha: When the strings of the lute are loose, its sound won’t carry. When the strings are too tight, it breaks. When the strings are neither too loose nor too tight, the music is beautiful.

The Psalmist: I remember my music in the night. With my heart I meditate, and my spirit doth search diligently.

The New Testament: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Baha’i: “…music is one of the arts that is highly approved and is considered to be the cause of the exaltation of sad and desponding hearts.” (Abdu’l-Baha)

Of course, there are many more sacred writings that extol the glory and the spirit of connection that comes from music. But I believe that the most glorious music are the strains that spring forth from our souls as we engage with the Divine. Does your daily practice involve music? Perhaps you listen as you pray, perhaps gentle chords support your meditation, perhaps your space is filled with chanting — either your own, with others or in the echoes of a choir.

As we gather during the last official month of summer, may you find music within you that leads you to a closer unity with Spirit, a more peaceful relationship with Mother Earth, and into a greater understanding of Oneness. Peace. Shalom. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

Grace-Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: I am the song of peace as I walk through the world. I honor the Divine in all as I make my way, and delight in the joy of the Spirit.

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