Monday, May 25, 2009

Tapping in

Today is Memorial Day and in cemeteries, city parks, VFW and Legion Halls in big cities and small towns a familiar and sober trumpet tune will sound in the midst of silence. Even though I did not attend a Memorial Day service today, I can easily recall this moment from my youth. For the length of these 30-some notes the gathered community is present in the moment and listening together. Many closed their eyes and shed a tear remembering with gratitude family, friends and countless unknown soldiers who gave their time, energy, and for many, their lives for a cause they believed in.

This haunting melody clears a path to the center of my being. I relax the tensions in my neck and back. My ears and soul drink from the rising and falling of 4 notes in the overtone series. For me, it is a touchstone. What am I doing here? Am I giving back to the world?

The end result is not absolutely clear to me. I do feel I'm on the right path though. When I sing
"When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoiced" (Native American proverb)
I don't get the feeling that my actions are out of sync or avoiding my purpose on this earth.

How about you? What happens when you "Tap" in?

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