Music and Dancing

Poems are the rough notation for the music we are ♫ ~Rumi


John O’Donohue

Return to Peace

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We need beauty, silence, stillness, and solitude. The photos are mine all taken during this past winter season in a landscape that so represents beauty, silence, stillness, and solitude to me.

The beautiful music is Dr Andrew Weil and Kimba Arem.

I enjoyed this music video very much. I like the sonorous guitar and evocative flute sounds which are peaceful and calming to listen to, and the nature scenery and pictures of birds such as the majestic eagles soaring complement the music very well. Like John Donohue said in his quote in the video, “Indeed, the beauty of nature is often the wisest calm”, and I feel as if I am transported into another realm where all is tranquil when listening to the mesmerising music.

Sow Peace

Vanished Days: A Musical Memorial Tribute to John O’Donohue

“May we rediscover that childlike sense discovering  and anticipation

May we be wide eyed  filled with wonder and awe. That is what mysticism is all about.”

Video commentary:

Music composed and produced by Dominic Crawford Collins. Performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Mixed in DTS 6.1 Surround Sound at Abbey Road Studios. Words spoken by John O’Donohue & John Hurt. Photography by Nutan & Colm Hogan.

Anam Cara, The Friend of the Soul

Anam Cara: The friend of my soul

“Anam cara” – A Gaelic word translates as “Soul friend”

“Who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure.” Jewish saying

“… in the moment of a friendship, two souls suddenly recognise each other… There is an awakening between you, a sense of ancient knowing.” John O’Donohue

Enigma – Sunrise

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”
David Viscott

This ambient music reminds me of the writing by John O’Donohue about awakening from his book “Anam Cara: A book of Celtic Wisdom” – it is good to revisit his poetic writing because it is worth remembering and meditating upon for inspiration and refreshment:

“We rest in the night.
The dawn is a refreshing time, a time of possibility and promise.
All the elements of nature – stones, fields, rivers and animals – are suddenly there anew in the fresh dawn light.
Just as darkness brings rest and release, so the dawn brings awakening and renewal.
In our mediocrity and distraction, we forget that we are privileged to live in a wondrous universe.
Each day, the dawn unveils the mystery of this universe.
Dawn is the ultimate surprise; it awakens us to the immense ‘thereness’ of nature.
The wonderful subtle color of the universe arises to clothe everything.
This is captured in a phrase from William Blake: ‘Colours are the wounds of light.’
Colors bring out the depth of secret presence at the heart of nature.”

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