My husband and I went to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra a couple of nights ago and something magical happened.
I have been purposely practicing mindfulness and meditation now for several years. As the years go by, I get even more committed. Changes are definitely occurring. They are often quite subtle, and one might not even notice unless they compare how different a reaction might have been in a similar situation five years ago. But every now and again, you feel the difference. You know you have created new pathways in your brain. Your old conditioning is falling away.
The evening began with a reception. I was underdressed for the reception - most of the ladies wore dresses and gowns, while I wore pants, blouse, and shawl - at least I had heels and bright red lipstick on:) I was there for the music, though, and it really didn't bother me. Once we were seated in the auditorium, the orchestra played 'Oh Canada'. The audience stood in pride... and that was the beginning. I got goosebumps.
Whenever I hear 'Oh Canada', I feel a sense of community. I am reminded of our great country and how privileged I am to live here. So to get goosebumps was not unexpected. But what happened next was.
Cory Tetford joined the NSO that night. His first set was mostly gospel music, and his first song was 'Amazing Grace'. It touched my soul. Goosebumps times 10. I closed my eyes momentarily so I could absorb the music without visual distractions. Ever do that? It can be truly amazing and full of grace.
So wow. Big applause. Feeling good.... and the next few songs made me smile. I smiled out of appreciation and wow. I watched a guy be completely in tune with his cello and a drummer become part of the rhythm. I could hear each instrument as it chimed in, and each one struck me like I'd never heard it before and it was the most outstanding sound I'd ever heard.
Then Shelly Neville came on stage and joined Cory and the NSO. She's a local celebrity. We all know how beautiful her voice is. That's when I realized I am in the middle of magic. My eyes welled up and the tears began to flow. I was in a state of awe. The fullness of the orchestra, the harmony of the voices, and the energy... the magic... enveloped me. And I didn't care what anyone thought. I was just in that moment. And it was perfect.
The remainder of the evening saw more amazing talent with Barney Bentall and Mark Critch (comedian). A new (beautiful, heart-warming, touching) song written by Cory and Alan Doyle was performed for the first time in public. I cried a few more times. The lyrics were brilliant. The music was phenomenal. The talent was outstanding.
But most of all, I took it all in. I allowed myself to close my eyes and feel the music... the energy... the vibrations. I experienced it. I opened to it... and not only did it flow in, but it burst out too.
Music really is good for the soul. When you are mindful, you take it all in and it fills you up. My husband and I both had a similar experience that night. We carried on our night talking about how important it is to allow those moments in. Life is short and full... and taking the time and allowing yourself to really fill up your soul with music is no different than filling your car with gas.
It was magic. We were both incredibly mindful of that. Maybe we will purchase seasonal tickets next year.