The other day in responding to comments, I happened upon a blog that featured an article on Gregorian chant. This morning, during my personal quiet time, my mind was jumping around like a flea. I could not center or begin to calm down. So I went back to that site and let the music enter my soul, allowed my breathing to slow down and found a moment’s escape from the mad wanderings of my brain.
For today’s prompt, let’s reflect on sacred music. Perhaps you will want to play a CD of your own that helps you to relax and meditate. What rings your spiritual chimes? Gregorian or Buddist chant? New Age? Drumming? The sounds of nature? Or? Allow yourself to listen and then go with it, wherever the tones or notes or rhythm leads you. Then write, poetry or prose, whatever bubbles out of that moment.
Here’s a poem I wrote years ago that our local community college published in their literary journal. Truckee Meadows Community College, The MeadoW. (That W is not a mistake).
You’re the conductor.
Travel with me to the source
I’m a pliable instrument
in your hands,
You called me to theTruckee.
We sat together on the bank last summer.
You held me.
Water pounded, swirled,
You wrapped me in a blanket of rhythm
as the evening breeze chilled my soul.
with a stick I stirred up a pebble
and pocketed it.
A reminder of the beat of drumming.
We went to the Labyrinth
on a frosty Wednesday in November.
I wove my way along the path
through dormant shrubs
and plucked a single bloom found
amid the stubble—
chanted latin hymns.
At the Center they intoned
Salve Mater, Misericordiae.
At the mid-point of the Earth,
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