“The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas.”
Frank Herbert

Children of Dune

Eternal & Present

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The Shakuhachi is quickly becoming an integrated part of my yoga & meditation practice. Sometimes I play it before practicing, usually when I a feel unfocused. Other times I play it after I practice to get a sense of where I am. It is both a bridge from present to eternal and from eternal to present.

This morning I sat for a short meditation and then played the Shakuhachi. I have adopted the idea of Time as a focus of meditation – so when I am not floating around in it I am observing it. Today this idea also crossed over into my Shakuhachi playing. But, because Shakuhachi is an instrument of sound, and sound is a manifestation of Ether my focus changed accordingly.

As I played I first imagined a movement of sound-waves in space – so in a way my playing became a physical object. Then gradually that faded and I visited with longer tones, feeling their resonance in my lips, fingers and an overall bodily sensation. I recognized subtle variances in sound and in my ability to affect it (and it affect me).

I then had a notion that sound has two aspects – one is eternal and the other is present. One resonates of a continuous element and the other resonates of qualities that are always changing coming and going. When I finished playing I wondered if this could be related to ideas of harmony and melody. Harmony as an eternal truth that manifests through melody. All melodies have harmony, yet harmony continues to exist in silence.

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