How To Meditate on the Vibrant Universe of Sound All Around
I have been hibernating this past winter in my music studio, but have been far from asleep. Instead, I have been sparking with immense creativity to compose five upcoming albums in support of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
Feeling as though I was holding a thread of an inspired download, I felt honoured to listen to the unseen as sounds were making themselves audible for me to render into form. I felt immersed in a creative sea.
At the same time, I strongly felt the presence of the great blue whale, who called me to the North Pole, guided my spinal healing, and prompted the vision for MAPS. So to my friends, I said I was in the Land of Whale, with those inspired beings who thrive in the world of sound. I passed on family and friendly gatherings, saying that if I were to try to speak, I would open my mouth and symphonies would emerge rather than words.
To me, the creative process is all-encompassing in the most beautiful way. It is like a party with the Divine, witnessing a force unfold and move through that is so much greater than the ego. It is a mystical process, because at its core it is a mystery wrapped in awe and received in humility.
As I did my daily meditation practice through this creative retreat, I sensed the sound of my breath and the sound of my heart. I sensed the sounds of my cells receiving the oxygen from the breath and the blood flow. I sensed the sounds within life, pulsing with vibrancy. I heard music 24/7, even in sleep. Sounds were hanging in the ethers all around me and echoed in my very core.
Today, I invite you to open your ears and being to the worlds of sound both within and without. We think of sound as frequencies we hear with our physical ears. You can hear the sound of your footsteps, or of the wind or of cars passing by. But there are also unstruck sounds that are subtle yet still can be sensed. For example, you can hear the thoughts that pass through your mind, that inner chatter, even though no object moves to create that sound vibration.
The voice of the Divine is like this to me, everywhere, in all things, pulsing, flowing, alive. When we learn to listen, life is resonant with an orchestral vibrancy that is nothing short of awesome. The power of this sound will draw you to stillness and let you dissolve into the depths of profound silence. Open your ears, open your heart, open your body, open your mind, open your being and listen to the wondrous sounds of Life itself.
Parvati is an award-winning musician (I Am Light, Electro Yog, Yoga In The Nightclub), yogini (YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine), author (Aonani of Avalon, Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness) and founder of the not-for-profit Parvati.org. All her work is dedicated to protecting all life on Earth by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).More info: parvati.tv; parvati.org.