Lunar Eclipse and Sweet Harmony

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Excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”:

Lorenzo:
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There’s not the smallest orb that thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
Come, ho! and wake Diana with a hymn:
With sweetest touches pierce your mistress’ ear,
And draw her home with music.

Jessica:
I am never merry when I hear sweet music.

Lorenzo:
The reason is, your spirits are attentive:
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted… Music! hark!

Nerissa:
It is your music of the house.

Portia:
Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day.

Nerissa:
Silence bestows that virtue on it.

Portia:
How many things by season season’d are.
To their right praise and true perfection!
Peace, ho! the moon sleeps with Endymion,
And would not be awak’d.

(Soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.)

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The Breath of Song

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Mindful silence 

Breathe through me

Rustling the voices

Of my heart

Into one song.

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Deep listeners

Will smile

At the chorus

Joining the melody

With concentrated harmony

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Touching the earth

Coming home

To nourish and heal

The world

Through the gentleness

Of loving insight.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2013

Peace

Video clip for the peace mantra recorded by Tina Turner, Regula Curti & Dechen Shak Dagsey on the album ‘Children Beyond’ released in 2011. It was made by from footage of the “Children Beyond” documentary.

Origin: Hindhuism
Language: Sanskrit

Lyrics :
Om Om Om
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

The mantra means:
“May well-being, peace, wholeness and tranquility, happiness and prosperity be achieved by all”.

Sing it for peace of all sensitive beings, for calmness and harmony”