Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
– E. Y. Harburg
Every single day, it seems, our nation is plunging into a deeper and deeper darkness which seeks to honor no one. Legalizing mistreatment of anyone who is non-white, lost lives of innocents at the hands of mad men with weapons of war, arrogant leaders believing that the US brand of democracy is the only answer for peace, while it stirs the pot of war elsewhere, and it just goes on and on.
It’s enough to plunge one into a deep depression.
Were it not for my beliefs that these happenings are no more than the desperate grip of the patriarchy, holding on to its money and perceived power for as long as it can, and that the shift to peace is happening within many of us and in parts of the world we will never hear about, I might very well lose my mind. This being human…ugh. Sometimes.
I remind myself that I have my heart. I will be guided by my heart. I will love people where they are…even if it is not where I choose to be.
When I find myself in theses dark places, I seek meaningful, deep, heart-resonant music. Tina Malia is one of my “go to” artists. Whether she is singing beautiful mantras or songs she has written, she offers soothing music for a sometimes weary heart.
I heard this one earlier today, as I was driving home from an acupuncture treatment.
The lyrics are easy to discern as you listen, and are powerful to consider. This part of the song really called to me.
We are only a dream of a dream
This world is not what it seems
We are the wind
That carries the seeds
We are the roots of the banyan tree
We are love offered on the wing
That stretches across eternity
We are a chord in
We are the silent
Although I knew about banyan trees, it has been a long time since I had seen a picture of one and experienced the beauty of the metaphor in Tina’s song. Indeed, as we continue to awaken, we may well see ourselves as the roots of the banyan tree. This link provides ten things for you to know about the banyan tree.
Together we are amazing. We can rise up and lift others with us. Our individual contributions together affect the entire tree.
“the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”
― Friedrich Nietzsche