Have you ever noticed what happens when you play beautiful music over some of life's most taken for granted moments? The melody and timing, if right, can create another layer to the experience, a layer of sensations and mystery. The element of music, which activates our minds, helps us to feel more accepting and understanding, more involved with what we are seeing. Imagine seeing a couple on the road, in the rain and all you can hear is the cars, the water and the sound of their hurried footsteps in the puddles as they dash for shelter. All of this noise and energy makes the scene appear stressful and unpleasant, and it possibly is. We all know that a bit of rain didn't hurt anyone, and this couple will no doubt arrive to their home with a sense of exhilaration once they remove their wet outer layers. Who knows what might happen. Now this memory of the running and the rain, if ended well once indoors, could become one of the happiest moments of that couple's time together, perhaps for the rest of their lives. The pleasure of remembering the happy times has washed away the silly complaints that came when the rain hit them, in fact the rain didn't hurt them at all. If in the very least, it only inspired them to treat themselves to a hot drink once settled inside. Imagine the same scene again but with some beautiful music, like in a film. Take away the sound of the traffic and the splashing of tyres in water, their footsteps and the countless other sounds and noises we experience when on a busy street in the rain, and replace it with a beautiful melody. All of a sudden, the raindrops appear to be dancing, in some universal cosmic time. The cars swoosh by in such a way that fills us with a sense of pleasure, as the music adds to their movements. When we see the couple, as we notice their hurry, the music allows us to disconnect from their minor struggle and see the moment for the romantic time that it truly is. Their joint effort, to save themselves from the ridiculous turmoil of city rainfall, amongst the numerous public places and available places of shelter, not to mention their own home, their joint effort had taken on a loving poetic that can be felt once detached from the stress of the perceived unhappiness. The same effect can be found when looking through a photo album or when watching people in a shopping centre. The little things we do that often seem an annoyance or a waste of time, these things carry a majesty about them that continue on into the rest of our lives. The tiny actions, the chaos and order that we find ourselves in becomes the vector for new experience, for new happiness and new moments of gratitude. We must allow our journeys to be filled with beautiful music so that when we live out these moments, the little things that we all go through and each just press on into the next, if we allow the music of life itself to be heard, through the opening up to the flow and sensations of all around us, we can be aware of this ever shadowing vector from then to next in which we are always present within. To be mindful, to be aware of self and being in acceptance and knowing, to be conscious of our surroundings and to take a form of conscious awareness of the mystery behind all things, finding the space to be grateful and humble among all we find and learn, then this beautiful music can be heard not by the ears but by the part of us that appreciates what the ears provide.
Rowan Blair Colver
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