Desiderata and An Empowering Exercise from the Spiral Un-Workbook…
Perhaps pitch perfect wisdom for our times… From Wikipedia…
Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”, plural of desideratum) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). The text was largely unknown in the author’s lifetime and became widely known after its use in a devotional.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
While doing the exercise cover your ears lightly at first with your finger-tips and then play with the pressure so you create a resonant hum. Try then to dynamically hold the resonance.
The hum is a high-maker for reasons that will become obvious quickly. You will want to prolong the out breath to prolong the hum to prolong the high. Take it from me! 🙂
hum as high as you can and as low as you can. And everything in between. Somewhere between the frequency of the hum and the pressure of your fingers on your ears is that magical resonance. Find it, hold it.
The mmmmnnnnmmmmmnnnnnmmmmmm structure of the third cycle make you aware of an interesting, subtle space in your resonant cavity. Find it. You will be called to seek others naturally.
Slow down………… the hummmming exercise makes you want to breathe out deeply, to prolong the hum, because it is intoxicating for reasons that will become apparent to you or I can share someday.
Breathing out is the key. It is an outward projected existence, see? The inbreath is natural, spontaneous…. after a deep and powerful projection of the out-breath.
Finding the resonant space by playing with the pressure of your fingers to create a harmonic resonance of the hum, shows you, by an interesting acoustic effect, your inner cranial structure, through sound. Then you can massage it…. with sound…..Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………..
It’s an age old exercise. It’s a sonic vacuum cleaner for your system.
And it slows you doooooowwwwwnnnnnnn.
And in this day and age, slowing IS speeding up. Literally.
Try it and let me know what you feel. For more on Spiral, see the My Practice….Spiral Tab on the upper Right, in bold black.
And print out the Desiderata, share it widely and pin/stick it somewhere where it becomes a part of your being, vibrationally.
It is the slow who find balance.
A big hug/m all around…