Welcome to the first “Saturday Soulfulness Song” post! In addition to my “Wednesday Wisdom SoulQuote”, every Saturday I will be posting a song and selected lyrics to facilitate connection to your soulfulness. You can just read the post and listen to the song, or do the full Soulfulness Song Meditation described at the end of the post. Enjoy!
With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness,
Dr. Shelly Harrell
Dr. Shelly’s SoulSong Reflections
Sending sentiments of peace for the New Year is common and we all know this classic song. This year I invite you to listen again deeply and mindfully, focusing in on the meanings that emerge for you. In particular, let the spotlight lyrics above fall upon your heart and soul as we move into 2020. What is the deeper meaning of these lyrics?
Peace IS within you. Finding that place of peace and refuge within your own soul becomes easier with meditation and contemplative practices. Each moment presents the possibility of connecting to the peace and stillness within. This moment right now is an opportunity to drop down into your peace. The discipline we are cultivating is reducing how much we let others steal our peace, as well as reducing how much we allow our own cascading thoughts and emotions hijack our peace. That doesn’t mean walking around emotionless and without passion. Your passion can be your peace, if it is authentic and from your soul! Taking that inward turn and intentionally shifting your energy can be facilitated by music, poetry, and other expressions of the soul. Below is a playlist of 4 different versions of the classic song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to help you make that shift.
“Let There Be Peace on Earth” Playlist
Let there be peace on earth
and let it begin with me…
Let peace begin with me,
let this be the moment now…
to take each moment
and live each moment
in peace eternally.
(For Contemplation and Conversation)
What helps you connect to your inner peace?
(nature? music? art? writing? cleaning? meditating? praying?)
“Peace is within me.”
(Close your eyes and repeat slowly and silently. Let the words penetrate your SOUL.)
The Soulfulness Song Meditation
You can put on your headphones or listen with speakers in open space. It is recommended that you start by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths to set your intention on listening deeply and opening yourself to what you may receive. Use the playlist above or your favorite versions of the song. You can do this meditation sitting, laying down, standing, or walking. You can walk a circle or back-and-forth path being intentional about your steps (consider a slow pace connecting to the rhythm of the song). Whether sitting or standing, feel free to integrate rocking/movement/dance! First just allow the music to be background and come into your breath and body, using the song as a sound anchor to bring you back the the music when your mind wanders (which is natural, normal and expected!). Then tune-in to the song more intentionally and allow yourself to connect to the “vibe” of the song, to the feeling of it. Then focus in on the lyrics, listening for meanings and messages that resonate with you. It is fine if there are lyrics that you do not relate to, those are for someone else’s experience of the song. You can simply focus on any lyrics that move you, touch you, or connect with you in some way. After you have listened to one or more versions of the song, you can then bring the SoulQuestions to your consciousness, opening your heart and mind for inquiry, self-reflection, and insights. Finally, you can use the SOULfirmation as a mantra and just repeat it slowly a few times. Give yourself some silent space for a bit of time to see what emerges and, if you are so inspired, you can journal about your experience.