- Today's suggested practice: Five minutes ... (see below)
- My playlist while writing today's meditation: G.I.Gurdjieff, Assyrian Woman [sic] Mourners
- My morning practice: 60 minutes, warm-up, followed by Sat kriya and Linking to the Infinite pranayama and mantra.
- My vulnerability practice: Asking for forgiveness... laughing... trusting this opening in my body...
- An invitation to Wednesday's #MENSWORK conversation (below)
—Hans Peter Meyer
I hold your throat with my song. I sing the truth of my tenderness, my depth, this powerful presence that knows your radiance, the frequency of your love.
Chanting is subtle magic, the aligning of inner and outer frequencies, the calling forth greatness hidden in silence, treasures of sound not yet heard or imagined.
Laughter. Starting with tender words that begin in my ears, listening to her silence, a vibration that moves down to my heart and up through my throat, meeting the air we breathe with my tongue, my lips. Hesitant words from my heart. Tender ears, listening to myself...
I say this before so many of my classes: The science of the microscope and microphone tells us that everything is made of subatomic particles, everything vibrating, everything with a frequency, a song. We practice to tune ourselves to our own song, aligning ourselves with ourselves to become true to ourselves.
The physiology of the voice is a profound and beautiful thing, as the passage below describes. My song begins with listening. My voice, my frequency, is not alone. I am vibrating as part of an unheard chorus. So I become still. I listen.
How are you singing today? How are you hearing the song of the world around you, a song that is inviting you to sing, full-throatedly the song of your deep and powerful beauty?
How are you singing your song today?
I was noisy. A cacophony of wants and thoughts and other distractions making deaf to myself. I was like that not so long ago, and I am almost daily tempted into that noise... Feeling the temptation, I practice.
It all begins with hearing the silence, not as a void, but as a special kind of song, rich and tender and full of textures. As I practice —my yoga of stretching and strengthening and chanting and breathing— I begin to hear who I am. I hear her tender silence. I allow myself to become so aligned that all of it becomes the song and the chorus of my truth.
Sat nam: truth is my identity, my frequency, my vibration, my song. Sat nam....
🌀...The human has the most complex vocal anatomy of any creature on Earth. On a physical level, it includes the heart, the thymus gland, vocal cords, and the fascia that extends from surrounding the heart, then up through the neck and throat into the lower jaw and tongue....
Our prayer is that you practice the courage to speak from your heart, open your throat to hear your voice rejoice with grace and significant meaning amongst voices that may not, and make a statement that makes a difference. Finally, sing more often than you think about it. (Guru Singh and Guruperkarma Kaur, What's in the Voice)
🌀The Conscious Warrior practices the cultivation of wonder and awe. (John Wineland, Precept 7)
🌀You're not like that now. (My beloved, my Oracle)
TODAY'S SUGGESTED PRACTICE
Five minutes to begin to hear (and sing) the song of your truth ...
Please read through first, then ...
- Find a place where you can make some sound without being disturbed. Set a timer for five minutes.
- Standing, close your eyes and allow your breath to gently slow....
- Place your right hand on your heart, your left hand on your throat.... Feel your breath gently filling both of your hands, emptying from your hands, as you inhale and exhale.
- With your mouth open, begin to chant "ONG," the "open" form of the "AUM" chant, as you exhale. Make this a long exhale and long chant. Gradually your breath will become longer, your chant longer and deeper. As you lengthen the exhale and the chant you may start to feel the vibration in your jaw, your nasal passages, in your throat, your heart, your belly, and deeper into your lower triangle. If you don't feel this vibration, know that at a subtle level, too subtle to notice, you are introducing a vibration into your body that begins to reset or realign your own frequency, the vibration of the molecules and subatomic particles that are you in this moment.
- Continue until the timer signals, then stop the chanting but hold your hands where they are. You may feel the "echo" of the chant in your throat hand and your heart hand. Again, if you don't notice this, you can still know that, like the experience of subtle ultrasound you may have experienced in a clinical setting, your body is not subtly vibrating with the frequency of the ONG mantra. Breathe gently for three cycles in this quiet position, then lower your hands and open your eyes. Move slowly back into your day, noticing any changes to how you hear, how you listen, how you speak, how choose to remain silent. Just notice.
- You may repeat this practice at any time, and for longer if you wish. This kind of sound practice is now being recognized in medical science as having a calming and healing effect. Enjoy!
** Dear reader.... Please join me at 6:55pm Pacific time on April 20 for another #MENSWORK conversation. My guest will be men's sex coach Melissa Bloxham. Our topic, "Feminine Testing." The Zoom link is ….