Yes, you have the music in you!
“When the night is falling
and you cannot find the light
…If you feel your dreams are dying
You’ve got the music in you.”
–The New Radicals, You Get What You Give
As we approach Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, daytime shortens and nighttime lengthens. The natural world settles in for rest and rejuvenation before it springs forth at the next turn of the wheel. It is also a time of Christmas lights and Hanukkah lights.
This time of year is also one of carols, hymns, and other songs and types of lyrical merriment. It’s also a time when the muse moves through each of us. To turn a phrase: As without, so within.
In this edition of Soul Notes, let’s allow ourselves to breathe in the beautiful music that surrounds us this time of year – and at the same time, let us behold the music that stirs within us. Music from the outside and from within: One is physical; the other, metaphysical, perhaps? Spiritual, for certain.
As the year draws to a close, I invite you to take an accounting of the music within you that you have already “let out” this year, for all to hear. At the same time, consider this:
What music is still within you, that has been laying dormant, that is ready to rise to the surface and be expressed? What have you been subduing, that you may benefit from bringing forward into next year, and out into the light?
You’ve Got the MUSE-Ic in YOU
In Greek mythology, there are nine muses, all dedicated to and presiding over the arts and sciences, one of whom is the goddess of music.
There are various etymologies for “muse” and “music”.
Suffice it to say, however, that it is not sound, by itself, which makes “music.” It is the feeling of satisfaction that it invokes within the person receiving and perceiving the sound. It is the stirring of deeply felt emotions which constitutes music, and that separates it from noise. As with the muses themselves, music inspires. It brings forth beauty. It encourages the heart.
From the inside out
Moves through you
Out into the world
You feel it in your body
It spurs on a deeper and richer experience. It touches and awakens your spirit, your soul. Nineteenth century physician (and member of the “Fireside Poets”) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. offered up this spiritual prescription:
“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He also said that most of us go to our grave with our music still inside us. It is not about getting ready to live. It’s about living fully expressed, before our time runs out.
So, as you embrace this time of year, I invite you to find some quiet moments to reflect on what you desire to bring out from the darkness into the light. Is it a book? Is it a composition of another sort? Any other creative endeavor? A new way of showing up in the world? In your community? In your relationships?
I’ll be doing the same. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Wishing you and yours all the joys and blessings of the season.
For your consideration:
Get quiet, and reflect for a moment: When has a particular piece of music moved you? What was it about it that touched your spirit, your soul?
Okay, your turn:
When has music inspired you? In what ways? What about your own MUSE-ic inside you? What within you is ready to be expressed?
I invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!