Resting from Words

I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through — Listen to this music. ~Hafiz

Some days I want to rest from words; reading, hearing and thinking them. Today I listened for God’s voice through music at a monthly music club which challenges me to keep up with my piano practicing. The program was quite varied today. Haydn to Schoenberg! Contemporary music can be difficult for me to understand, so I try not to understand it; just listen and discover. In the Schoenberg, I wondered what could possibly be going through this composer’s mind. Then my ears discovered a foundational minor third repeating throughout the music. I held onto that musical core, let go of descriptive words, and just let the music speak.

There is a silence of the tongue, there is a silence of the whole body, there is a silence of the soul, there is the silence of the mind, and there is the silence of the spirit. ~from “The sayings of the Desert Fathers

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