On Being Music: A Modern Approach to Living in Harmony

Music is my family business. My father is a world renown guitarist, my grandmother was a music teacher, my mother is a poet, and my uncle is a music professor. Music has been a part of my life from the moment I was born, and some of my father’s music is the soundtrack for my childhood memories.

Yes, I was another kid who grew up in a musical household, but the thing that makes my musical upbringing so unique is how I came to understand what music actually IS. Not only is it something to experience in our world, but it can be found in places that are not necessarily considered musical. Once I started to live in a way that reflects my innate musical being I found that I was more in tune with myself and the world around me, and I began to attract more people and situations that were in harmony with my life.

What I came to learn is this: From the moment our heart starts beating, to our last breath, we are here to express our divine uniqueness and share it with others.

Within this construct you will find the Musical Elements of Life. Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Silence.

Rhythm

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From the moment our hearts start beating we are sending sound vibration into the world. And it continues for our entire lives. Imagine droplets hitting the surface of the water. Each beat of our heart is a droplet producing ripples that  intersect with the heartbeats of those around us. It’s faint, but it’s there. This is important because it means that you are constantly emiting vibes into the world based on how you feel. And those vibes have the ability to attract or repel other energies around you. Notice how your pulse quickens and becomes irregular when you feel angry or worried. This rhythm will attract more situations to make you feel angry and worried because like-energies attract each other. By learning to regulate our breath we can regulate our heartbeats, which then puts us in a neutral space where we no longer give off negativity. Instead, we are both radiating and attracting positive vibrations, and the cycle continues throughout our lives.

Melody

Walking awayWhen we are born we begin down a path that is unlike any other. Our purpose in this world is to express our uniqueness out into the Universe. A melody is like a journey. It takes twists and turns and dips and dives and sometimes ends up in places we least expect. Melody is the song of our lives and just like music, it’s never about the destination it’s about the song itself. I express my own uniqueness through making music and being a mother but others do it through cooking, writing, dancing, painting, consulting, designing, building, cleaning, etc. All of these can be professions, but even if your “thing” is cooking, you do not have to be a professional chef to have a profound impact on the people who are nourished by your food. The important thing is recognizing and honoring your unique path, and actually DOING the things that your impulses are urging you to do at each given moment. When you do this you are adding your own melody to an inherently musical Universe.

Harmony

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Harmony is a concept we use to describe the quality of our relationships. When we are in harmony with others we feel safe enough to express ourselves in their company. This is because their own melodies, at this moment, are mirroring ours in some way. The vibes that we emit are in harmony with each other. But if you are stressed and overworked, thinking about that presentation that’s due in an hour, you’re likely to give off a vibration that is at a quicker tempo and possibly a little irregular. You’re heartbeat is also likely to increase in dynamics, meaning that it becomes a little louder. And when your son walks in to ask you a question about soccer, he is walking into a room dominated by stress-filled vibrations, which is dissonant from his own vibes. He feels it, and he thinks to himself, “hmmmm maybe I should wait until dad is done before I ask him this question.” Because he can sense, in some way, that you will not be receptive to him right now. To consciously tune into the people around us we are allowing ourselves into a space where we can be in harmony with other people’s energies. 

Silence

26733_565638554188_1915773_nSilence is the breath before the song. It is the space between the notes. It is a conscious listening. It is a resting place along the path of our lives. All creativity comes from a space of silence. In order to hear your own life’s music you have to first stop, become aware, and listen to whats happening right now. Truth be told, we live in an increasingly loud and hectic world. It is much harder to find time or even space where there can be silence in our heads. We also have “monkey minds” that bounce from one idea to another to another all day long. Nowadays, the space for reflection is not there. We have to intentionally create space in our lives and in our minds in order to access the parts of ourselves that are inherently creative. We have to become aware of the creative impulses in our bodies before we can harness them. Everyday we must find ourselves in silence in order to be most fully human.

From the moment our heart starts beating (RHYTHM), to our last breath (SILENCE), we are here to express our divine uniqueness (MELODY) and share it with others (HARMONY).

Sound vibration was here before all of us. It shaped us out of pure potentiality. Music is ordered sound. And when we understand that at our cores we are all musical, vibrational beings, we are more likely to live lives that are full of inspiration, positivity, and creative power. And we can pass this wisdom to the next generation.