Monday, March 17, 2014

Discovering the Roots of Your Own Spirituality, Session 4


Discovering the Roots of Your Own Spirituality
Session 4


Quotes as we light the chalice

 “Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” 

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC.” 
 
Kurt Vonnegut

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” 
 
Albert Einstein

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” 
 
Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

 “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” 
 
Aaron Copland

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.” 
 
Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” 
 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” 
 
Robert Fripp

“Music is my higher power” 
 
Oliver James

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.” 
 
John Keats

Check in

We had a nice check in, talking a bit about the difference between acceptance and detachment.  This again led us to a compassionate understanding that words have such varied meanings from one speaker to another, one age to another, one subculture to another. 

Each person brought a piece of music to share today with the larger group.

System to work with the music:

  1. Play the music, one person at a time.  Do not introduce the music in anyway...just play it cold.  It’s helpful to have both a CD player and way to audio-jack MP3 songs into that system.
  2. Each person in the group will offer a single word back to the person who brought the music, who will then write these words down if they wish.
  3. The person then tells us
    1. when they first heard this music (what time of their life circumstance)
    2. what its central emotional or intellectual message is
    3. what other pieces of music they might have brought

The range of music was breathtaking...Bach to Broadway, nature sounds to Jewish chant, Rapsody in Blue to a piece by Hildegarde von Bingen. And yet, just as with the art, the spirit ran through it all, palpable when we took the time to really listen.

Going Deeper:

  1. Do you think music is one of the important social glues?...explain.
  2. How much music do you listen to from other countries and times.  What is your experience with that kind of listening?
  3. If you were creating a church service, what kinds of music would you include, rather than simply the works found in a hymnal.  Explain.
  4. If you can remember some of the words you offered in response to the music, what does this say about your own “ear” and what messages does it give you about your own spirituality?  Explain.


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