"The center is the dancing ground ..."
"That space is bad,
I've been spending my morning meditation time with The Radiance Sutras. The beauty of this "ecstatic poetry" has a rhythmic quality to it, like a song or a dance.
When I read it I feel everything in my body opening up, softening. letting go. Ease rises up. When I put music to this experience, the feelings of calm/joy heighten and I feel the sway and glow of universal energies moving through me.
Have you ever noticed that music or dance brings you back to your center in this way? Our senses are heightened when we listen to music or move our body to dance. Without even being overtly aware, we find ourselves smack dab in the holy middle: back in our sacred center of awareness.
Miraculously, we "become" the music, we live the dance. Resistance is gone. A foot tapping. Pelvis moving. Shoulders dipping and rising. We are one with our experience. We flow ...
And, bless the stars, conscious (ego-based) thought disappears.
Philosophers have told us for centuries (and newer researchers too) that music can bypass thinking and move us into feeling. At times, it can take us deeper yet—into our "spiritual heart"—the essence of who we are.
This is what happens to me when I read The Radiance Sutras, especially when I put them to music. The words upon the page dissolve into note, slide grace-fully into my body, and I remember who I really am.
I am this place of Peace I find myself in.
I am the Love which is spoken about.
I am the joy of Being.
Worries gone. Troubles set aside. Past and future nowhere in sight. The moment is now and that's all there is.
Have you experienced this yourself?
This connection feels quite divine—literally. When words of sacred truth ring true, they meld into us and we into them through the power of music.
Going deeper, beyond rational thought ...
.. we arrive in the territory of soul.
Back in the middle with You.
© 2013, Janice Lynne Lundy
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Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.