I find as I remove unnecessary noise from my life, I am able to make time for things that nurture my soul and make me feel alive. I enjoyed one such opportunity last weekend, when my husband and I attended a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appearing with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra. For about 90 minutes, I watched and listened in awe as strings, woodwinds, brass, percussions and keyboards rendered their sounds in perfect synchronicity. It was extraordinary experience.
The performance reminded me of how, if we commit ourselves to working together to make a difference in the world, we can create something beautiful. No man is an island. I have come to understand that the world is not fix-determined, rather dynamic and interconnected and full of living qualities. As I began to open myself to this paradigm, I see the open quality of the universe, waiting for us to engage and transform it.
This realization became increasingly apparent as I savored the mellifluous orchestral music. The gathering together of people in the orchestra hall, is symbolic of we the people, as human beings, coming together to explore a future that is full of possibilities. I watched the conductor, direct a repertoire from Baroque to new music, to Ellington. It was then, I realized that the chords of music and nature are inseparable, and that as human beings, we gather to unfold our destiny.
During those moments sitting in the orchestra balcony, I became acutely aware of my ability and the gift I have been given for altering my relationship with the future. As the music yielded its harmonious sound, I was in the moment, alive and aware. When one begins to listen to the inner voice that helps us, our journey unfolds into something beautiful.
I am living…