…listen to the silence…

Over the last year I have been working on music which is based on meditation and mindfulness.  This is a collection of compositions and improvisations which I have called listen to the silence.  Thank you for listening!

https://coreenmorsink.bandcamp.com/album/listen-to-the-silence

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thoughts and writings

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This site is dedicated to poetry, writing and music which I started to link to Mindfulness after first learning this term in March of 2015.  In particular, the work of Thich Nhat Hanh has been of great help to me. 
 
The Four Qualities of Happiness using Pebble Meditationhttps://soundcloud.com/thichnhathanh/four-qualities-of-happiness

This is one lecture by Thich Nhat Hanh which has helped me greatly.  I’ve tried it by myself and with classes of 6 and 7 year olds and it is of great benefit.  The imagery is simple- a flower, a mountain, still water and space but the meaning is very beautiful.

Since I have been doing exercises like this one, I have been finding myself much more calm and happy in everything I do.  When I do tasks which I felt were terribly boring in the past, I concentrate on just being at that moment; being alive and free.  It doesn’t really matter what you are doing (sweeping the floor or watering the plants) but it should be done at the present moment, without concern of the past or future.

I often feel in my own piano playing that my mind is not on what I am doing- thus learning about mindfulness has helped me focus when I am playing the piano and composing/writing so that other thoughts do not invade my concentration.
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There is a Cloud inside the Calligraphy:  another amazing talk by Thich Nhat Hanh
https://soundcloud.com/thichnhathanh/there-is-a-cloud-inside-the

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The Path

The Path by Coreen Morsink, March 21, 2015

A meditational writing after contemplating talks and writings by Thich Nhat Hanhpath

No one has a road which is too difficult for them to follow.  We all choose a road according to our heart.  The path may be challenging and stretch our talents but it is never beyond our grasp and capabilities.

Our troubles start when we try to take a path that is not meant for us to follow.  We may gain temporary wealth or satisfaction from that detour, but it will not lead to happiness unless it was our intended path directed by the heart and soul.  Your heart will light the way.  Follow the path laid out by your soul.