I wrote a few poems on slow life, mindful encounters with the everyday, and touched on the emotional challenges of relationships and being with others socializing. Our world has reversed for some weeks now, for most even for months social distancing became the new habitual norm.
We have an opportunity now to go deeper inside, to organise our lives and to accept this challenge of staying at home for a long time.
Even though silence is important for our wellbeing, we naturally crave direct encounters with other human beings. For now, live internet Zooms, Face Time and other video chats can supplement hanging out with your family or friends, but do not get too distracted by this. There is a room for your own existence in space. Aware of the gentlest nuances of life, we become richer than when speeding through the traffic to meet someone or to and from work. I wonder how many of you miss that, often stressful, commute? Perhaps you just miss the habit, that sense of communal sharing of suffering, rather than the moving yourself in either crowded or boring (in a car) transport from home to elsewhere.
Sound, a pleasant form of it, has always been a great comfort to me. Whether enlivening my solitude, injecting my run with energy and zest, or helping me to focus when reading or working in a noisy place, sound shifts my mood. The vibrations are so powerful that chanting, gong and other instruments of beautiful sound were invented to focus and calm our mind.
Professor Michael Trimble explains how chanting benefits your health. It can change the rhythm of your heart, your emotional response, and more.
I offer a poem on sound that I wrote as this winter shifted to spring. I hope, it will show you a new angle. These new horizons of sound can help you navigate this anxious times more pleasantly. At least they did it for me. If you want, play this healing music on Youtube while reading my poem.
Sound waving though my soul
vibrates calm strands of peace
Weaving the gentle ease
of my thoughts, heart beating slow
Sound healing an injured soul
An ancient remedy of malice
spinning away worry, prejudice
immersed in this song that penetrates all
Sound filling my lungs full
with nourishing nectar of dance
its wholesome breath lifts me to trance
Life silenced would be dull
Sound touching my time in full
sets me entirely in its presence
minutes penetrate my skull
Here I embrace this lively essence
Sound living in all, and not at all
Revealed to those patient for its resonance
sharing its secrets with nature’s nuance —
you feel life’s richness through its call
There is a shift in my mind that I feel when listening to such calming sound. I hope that the same tranquil emotions penetrate from the lyrics of my poem above. Keep safe and savour the slower pace of life that we were given in these challenging times.