All of what Mike George says makes complete sense to me. Everytime I read something of his, I gain a deeper understanding. This particular article is great. This is what we need to teach our young and old. Here is a little taster. The full document is ATTACHED HERE.
Comparing ourselves with others is a deep and often subtle conditioning in a world where ‘people watching’ has become, for many, a daily obsession. As we watch, we compare, as we compare, we desire, and as we desire we lose our ability to be content with where we are and what we have. Someone else’s life always look better than ‘my life’, someone else’s success always seems much greater than any success I may achieve and someone else’s future always seems to look much rosier than my future. These thought patterns are fatal to our well-being and over time can paralyse our ability to think clearly for ourselves.
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I have always found music a wonderful aid to meditation – it helps me to control my chattering monkey mind and go in deeper! If the piece is right, it is wonderful to go on an inward guided journey out of your present space and feel peace and tranquility. So I was very happy to hear about String Theory Cello Quartet because that is exactly what they create – music to mediate to. There is something very emotional about using the string instruments too in my opinion. All in all a fabulous idea I think.
They have some lovely samples on their site for you to listen to. Just Click on Music Tracks to access them.
As the lovely ladies from STCE say in their leaflet:
“Stillness is vital to our sense of well-being: to our ability to reflect. Many people turn to music to find solace there and use it as a focus for their trials and tribulations. Music serves as a mediation for the player and listener alike.” I had never thought of it like that!
“String Theory have created a musical meditation which threads together sacred and secular vocal music of the Rennaissance. The music mirrors a journey from the cares of the world, to a still point at its centre. From there you are lead forward to face the world refreshed. This is not a typical concert, but more of an event: the emsemble play the cycle continuously and you receive the music. “
Sounds very interesting to me. I am eager to have a listen. I will tell you more about future events as soon as I have further information from Annie Ashton, Una Birtchnell, Fiona Murphy and Catherine Black.