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Lions Roar : January 2018
MUSIC IS THE BACKGROUND of our lives—playing in the supermarket, accompanying us as we wait to speak with the next customer service represen- tative, shuffling on our iPhones as we commute to work. Music is ubiquitous, but much of the time we aren’t really listening. Most of us have had a more atten- tive experience of music as well—truly HEART & MIND Music Night Who says you always have to sit in silence? RYAN WINGER explains how you can bring the mind of meditation to the music you love. RYAN WINGER is a music lover and mem- ber of the Orange County Shambhala Center. SYDNEYSMITH listening with a singular focus. When we really pay attention, we can treasure the feeling and energy of the artists and songs that hold a special place in our hearts. Whether in a concert hall, on a busy street corner, or in the privacy of our home, the experience of connecting with music meaningfully is rich, deep, and sometimes profound. From the perspective of meditation practice, this experience is the result of tuning in to our present experience through the sense perception of sound. We are fully there with the music, experi- encing the texture, rhythm, melody, har- mony, and progression, riding the waves of sound in real time. My experience of music as part of a group meditation practice began several years ago, when a handful of us in the Washington, DC, Shambhala community were relatively new and enjoying our first tastes of freshness and inspiration from meditation practice. While we were talk- ing over our experience with meditation, we discovered a mutual appreciation of LION’S ROAR | JANUARY 2018 23 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE