The power of music
Recently I attended 'Songs of the Soul' - A tribute concert to Sri Chinmoy. I only knew a little about Sri before the concert, I knew he was a meditation teacher and he has a centre here in Auckland, and that's about it. The concert consisted of several bands and musicians playing his work interspersed with facts and video footage of Sri himself. I'm so grateful I went. Not only because I now know just how massively influential Sri was, but because throughout the concert I had two or three moments when, genuinely, I had some really powerful emotions flood through my body, without expectation and without trying. Each time, I thought how perfect each of those moments
The first was an artist called Alap Jetzer. He played the most
The second moment was during an ensemble piece when one of them started to play the flute. My Dad played the flute, and so again I closed my eyes and I was gone. Thinking about him, crying for him and being grateful for the music and the memories meant my brain was incapable of thinking about anything else at that time. I wasn't thinking about anything that usually makes me anxious, I wasn't anxious about my anxiety, I wasn't sad or empty, I was just living in the moment.
The third moment was a Father and Son duo called 'Monk Party'. They played some unusual instruments and their style was more upbeat and Kirtan based. I first discovered Kirtan at a yoga retreat, where I also discovered what it was like to lie in an 'om bath'. If you have never taken part in om chanting and you are curious I would highly recommend it. It's not for everyone, I understand that but, the highly meditative state and the occasion auditory hallucinations you experience is something else altogether.
I listened to the duo, this time with eyes open and I watched them both in their 'flow' eyes closed, gently playing and singing each note in sync with their breath and each other and my mind was quiet and calm.
The whole evening was magical.
This post isn't so much about yoga or yoga mats but more a dedication post to the power of music. I think we've all experienced it to a certain