My day begins in the balcony where I stand and gaze into the open sky and listen to the sounds of the birds and breeze and leaves. There’s nothing more soothing and pleasing to the senses than soaking in these musical notes. Today morning when I woke up, the birds were particularly more sing-songy and that’s when I got the vision for this art. And, the way I’ve been devouring Rumi’s poetry these days, his words and thoughts on music were already on my mind. So, the two have really come together to lend me artistic satisfaction.
As such, music is an essential part of my day and Pari’s, and we listen to all sort of music from different cultures and regions. In this post, I’ll share some soothing music that you may like to listen to in the morning, at bed time or when you’re working. Also, check out more pictures of the art.
These words by Rumi are expressed in such simple words but reflect such deep wisdom, don’t they.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
I’m not sure how many of us open the door to the study and start reading first thing in the morning, but we do open the door to the internet to check e-mails, facebook updates and Twitter streams. If only we would spend some quiet time listening to music, or being in nature, many of our modern-day woes and stress would reduce.
Some beautiful music that you can meditate to or listen early morning or bed-time.
- Rumi – Where all is music
- Your Eyes – Anoushka Shankar – Live Sitar Solo
- Raga Flamenco – Anouska Shankar
- Pt. Ravi Shankar – Chants of India
- Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (Movement 1)
- Rumi Poetry Music (The Zikr)
What’s your favourite music that relaxes and soothes you? I’d love for you to share some links/suggestions below.
Yesterday’s Leaf Art – “Whatever You Are Looking for Can Only Be Found Inside of You” (Rubais of Rumi)
Leaf Art from Day 1 to Day 23:
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