The heart is the thousand-stringed instrument. Our sadness and fear come from being out of tune with Love. ~ Hafiz
What tunes me to love? Meditation, prayer, contemplation, insight, sangha, music, the touch of a dear one. As Hafiz so eloquently expresses "sadness and fear come from being out of tune with love. " I wonder if it is also from being out of time with love? My fear is seldom in the present moment, nor is my sadness. To bring my instrument into tune, I must be there in the moment listening, just listening. Sadness and fear are powerful emotions, watered by family, community, country, and life itself. Yet as one wise sage has said "in the end there are three things that last - faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." So again I ask what tunes me to love? When do I tune?
When a piece of music touches someone, this becomes part of their memory, life, and being. One of a multitude of subtle shifts and insights forming one life, yet forming all of life. Seek truth in yourself, and truth will manifest in your art. In the ocean of my heart there are depths that words cannot touch. The language which expresses that which is inexpressible - music - can stir these depths, bring them into light, and allow them to heal and blossom into understanding. And as I have been taught in the Fourth Awareness - "We are aware that understanding is the very foundation of love."
As cycles of suffering surround us, we pause, tuning our instrument carefully with the breath. Finding the present moment, finding love, tuning and turning towards love. There is no end in mind. There just is. So I breathe, I tune, I play my notes listening to the melodies of life, pausing to tune as needed. Becoming lost in the flow, distracted, and then the muse reminds me to tune again, to begin again, to connect again with life. Will I ever stay in tune? What a question as I smile. Never will I stay in tune, so I practice. To tune a thousand strings takes a lifetime, needs a craft of loving care, requires help from a Sangha, and beyond.