I will be listening to Currents for 22 minutes every Tuesday at 12:15 Pacific Time—with a focus of increasing global understanding and ending "us/them" mentalities. Please join me, or set your own time each week to listen to Currents. Thank you for your energy of peace.
Listening to the Currents—a single phrase of music repeated in succession—we are reminded each time of what the present moment really is. The phrases I choose are just long enough to make us aware of time, while not long enough to make us reminisce about the past or anticipate the future. The phrase begins again before we are able to get attached or develop expectations. This is not ambient music to enhance your meditation. Listening is the meditation. The wise mindfulness instructor, Thich Naht Hanh says we can only be alive in the present moment. The past is gone. The future does not exist. Listening to a Current invites you to bring yourself fully present. Something incredible happens when we value being present, aware, and receptive. Our lives open to more possibility, because we are open to honoring the truth of the moment. Truth and Listening are powerful. Currents asks you—What are you hearing right now?
Includes music, artwork, instructions, and my thoughts on mindfulness
Listening to a Current asks you to embark on a path of mindfulness, of being in the present moment. What are you hearing right now? Listening is the meditation. Listening is the practice. It is mindful. When you listen—listen. If you find your thoughts wandering away from the Current, just remind your mind that the music is there to support it, invite it to return, and congratulate it when it rejoins the Current, "good job, thank you," then continue listening. This is a loving way to build a mindfulness habit in daily life. I suggest using headphones for this practice. It helps to close your eyes. It is good to give yourself at least 7 minutes of silence following your practice to integrate and transition.
Currents helps you to: 1) Let Go to Receive. You have to let go of the last phrase to experience the next. That means releasing attachment. Each phrase arrives somehow unpredictable, as if it is fresh, new, as if you had not just heard it three times before—because you haven’t. 2) Release Concentration, Effort and Trying. Take pleasure in listening. The present moment is meant to be enjoyed. 3) Release Narrative. Narrative is what we get hung up on in life. As a storyteller, I am deeply aware that all stories are reflections (past) or projections (future). In the present moment, there is no story. This is why the Currents have no titles. At first, your mind may find a narrative in each phrase. Listening to the phrase repeat, you will find that any narrative evaporates. We stop hearing the story. We stop hearing our stories. When we release from narrative—we open to possibility. 4) Release Perfection. Recorded in a natural setting, these are meant to sound like a human is playing them live—I am. They are not perfect. They are as real as the moment, as real as you.
Currents can be played in spaces, whether you are there or not. Allow the Current to play on repeat for as long as feels good. You can set an intention or just allow the music to do its magic. It will bring the space into the present moment, releasing anything that is weighing the space down, allowing for positive energy to flow in. You will find that it can clear a space, energize it, magnetize it, or simply fill it with joy. It has a way of expanding into each corner and bringing a bright lightness and presence to a space. You can do this in a home or business space, before moving in/out, before or during a gathering, when people are present or when the space is empty.
Currents has a way of making the air around you feel more alive, enhancing your enjoyment of the present moment. You can play it when you are going about your day, gardening, relaxing, in a bath, cleaning, quietly in the background at a gathering of friends—however you are being present in your life. Allow it to support you, fill your heart, and give you extra reasons to smile.
The Current is supportive, playful, kind, and generous. It can support a healing process by helping you release from narrative, expectation, stress, and worry. This allows your body to relax into the present moment. It nourishes you. It sends a message to our cells that we trust them. This gives them space to repair and restore.
Listeners are saying they use Currents to relax, to energize, to visualize, to soothe their pets, to clear spaces, to change their moods, to diffuse conflict and more. Try Currents in any area of your life and let me know what happens for you!
Enjoy your Current.
album artwork by Janice Chan