A 14 Minute Classical Music Meditation that Speaks the Language of the Soul.
Classical music can be a doorway to audio meditation such as no other kind of music.
It speaks the language of the unconscious—some would say the language of the soul.
To listen to it meditatively do not listen with your ears, but listen with what my meditation teacher used to call, the “Sacred Hara,” or as a Westerner might say, “with your gut.”
Don’t imagine where the music is going, don’t try to remember the melody or to recall the last time you heard it. Just stay in the moment with each and every phrase and nuance of the notes as they come forth or with each and every “word” as it is spoken.
If you open yourself to this piece, you will find that it will tell, even re-tell, a portion of the story of your life using a language only your heart and your body understand—it will befuddle the mind and leave it speechless and will unlock for you the place of calm, understanding, compassion and love of self that already exists within you.
This particular piece is Beethoven’s popularly referred to “Moonlight Sonata,” and while it was written in 1801, over 200 years later, it still speaks to us.
In a live performance, The late Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, gives a memorable performance, wearing the sonata like a skin, without effort or histrionics.
To listen to this magnificent music meditatively, arrange yourself in a comfortable seated or lying down position, one that you can maintain without movement or interruption for 14 minutes (the length of the sonata), put your headphones on and half close your eyes (Closing the eyes halfway maintains the intention to consciously meditate as opposed to the eyes closed position, which can bring sleep).
Once you push the start button and surrender yourself to the music, you will be transported.
Relax and enjoy.
Author: Carmelene Siani
Editor: Renee Jahnke
Image: Erin Stoodley-Flickr