|St. Cecilia by John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1935)|
Trying to move into a state of deep prayer can be daunting for an obsessive compulsive adult like me with Attention Deficit Disorder. I try to pray, but as I begin my prayer I'm often distracted by what I have to do in 30 minutes.
I pray for my son, then think... "Doesn't he have a doctor's appointment next week? I better call him." or I pray for my sick relative and then remember that his daughter's birthday is coming up and I should send a card.
Staying focused in prayer long enough to feel it change me is difficult. Not getting focused results in vapid prayer that seems rote and stale.
What's the cure for getting and staying focused? How does one move from distraction to devotion?
Music is the vehicle.... use it to transport you to a level that goes deeper than the distractions. It will deliver you through the doorway that opens into the Otherworld.
Not all music is created equal. I find clear melodies played with smooth instruments - piano, flute, harp, classical guitar are the best. Just listening in silence moves me directly into the Divine Presence.
My favorites are listed below. If you click on the link you will be taken to a web page where you can sample the melody online.
Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
The Water is Wide by Phil Coulter
Land of Forever by 2002
Song from a Secret Garden by Secret Garden
Celtic Mediation Music by Aine Minogue
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."
"God is the Supreme Musician. It is He who is playing with us, on us and in us. We cannot separate God from His music. The universal Consciousness is constantly being played by the Supreme Himself, and is constantly growing into the Supreme Music."
"The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man"