I’m not going to get into describing all of them in detail. But if I can play with the idea that I’m in a constant state of flux reacting to outside stimuli it makes it kind of difficult to pinpoint where the “me” that is experiencing all of these things begins and ends. I often find this idea useful when I fall into unhealthy cycles of self judgement or judging others.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell where music begins and ends. Sometimes there are sounds happening at the same time as a musical performance. Someone coughs or an ambulance with its siren wailing passes by outside on the street. Sometimes it’s the other way around. I was hanging out on the beach one time, listening to the calming effects of the waves, and before I knew it this family came by with a loud radio and planted themselves right beside me.
In both of those situations I might catch myself being annoyed and then consequently pulled away from the moment that I was enjoying. By practicing annata often I am able to roll with things better and see things (as my teacher puts it) “as part of the grand cosmic symphony!”
Below is a playlist of songs that have resonated with me in the past month. I hope they bring more joy to your life. Thanks for listening, MMM
Included are songs by: Horsegirl, Al-Qasar, Lee Ranaldo, El Shirota, Orgone, Hello Mary, Skull Snaps, Alex G, Kristeen Young, Damien Jurado, Theon Cross, Thee Oh Sees, Grateful Dead, Gustaf, Four Tet
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