Sound without language can arouse a specific emotion, and that same emotion can be felt by people who do not speak the same language. A harsh sound is a harsh sound almost universally, just as a delightful sound is a delightful sound almost universally, because of the way sounds are interpreted by the brain and associated with meaning and emotional content. As the late Dr. Oliver Sacks observed in Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain: “The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain. … Music expresses only the quintessence of life and of its events, never these themselves.”
… The word japa refers to the practice of mantra repetition, a practice that helps to refine both the making of the sound and the ability to listen, but it doesn’t stop there. How often have you heard the same song, a song that you enjoy but that seems to change over time, a new meaning revealed and nuances once unnoticed brought to the fore. If the repetition continues, the mind is allowed to slowly disengage from its natural analytic tendency, which prevents you from experiencing the sound completely.
Why do so many yoga classes start and end with Om? Why is it considered a healing sound? Truly the best way to find out is to start chanting Om, because as Sharon Gannon says, “ through repetition the magic is forced to arise.”
~ Jules Febre Jivamukti Focus of The Month
I absolutely love music because it is something we can’t see but we can feel. This, to me, proves there is so much more to life than what is seen by the human eye. I am not a good musician, but when I jam on my guitar or on a piano with no inhibitions the feeling is amazing. It is almost like entering a trance where your mind no longer jumps from thought to thought and you can just BE.
One way in yoga is by repeating OM. One of the best things to experience in a yoga class is when everyone sits and OMs together at their own breath pace. This often begins as a few Oms all together and then turns into a sea of Oms that overlap each other. I have compared this to the sound of an Orchastra trying to tune their instuments. Essentially this is what happens to our bodies when we Om we become tuned again, brining us back into alignment. Your body is an instrument, what a concept!
This month I will be indulging myself into music, of all sorts… should be fun! Xo ~Judy