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The music floated through the air, filling it with the melodic tones and emotion-evoking sounds of strings in perfect harmony and rhythm. It was a Sunday and the trio of string musicians that frequently grace the lobby of Dancing Cranes Imports were playing their heart out.

I do my readings and healing work about twenty feet from where they play and I love it when they show up. The live music changes the atmosphere, turning it into a gentler time when people dressed up in their Sunday best and pearls to go to the chamber to be soothed by the music that pours forth when the bow meets the string. As soon as they began playing, I was transported to another time, I was quieted, and I immediately relaxed.

I noticed after the first few songs that no one was reacting to their performance. Maybe it was because the entire store had become entranced too. Maybe everyone had lost track of themselves and the music was just… supposed to be there. Maybe people weren’t noticing they were even playing. I mean, there is a café in the store with baristas that are constantly grinding coffee beans and whirling cappuccinos, so maybe they couldn’t hear the music.

At any rate, after one song moved me to tears, I clapped. I couldn’t not clap; I had to clap.

In response, the three musicians turned toward me with big smiles on their faces and they each nodded in acknowledgment of me acknowledging them. Then several other people clapped.

On the next song, I lost track of myself. I fell into the music becoming absorbed in it, my thoughts, and whatever I was focused on. When the song ended, I didn’t realize it had because I had not been present with the performance. After about two seconds of quiet, I realized they were no longer playing. And no one was clapping.

They started another song and I paid attention this time, listening to the lilting beauty of the song. I was moved again because I allowed the sounds to seep into my being and move me. I was present with the performance. And when they were done, I clapped, they turned and acknowledged me, and then many others clapped.

It went on like this for their entire performance. If I led out the clapping, exuberantly expressing my joy for their accomplishment, then others would acknowledge them as well. If I did not, no one else did either.

applauseWhen they played, “In My Life,” by the Beatles, I literally had to stop what I was doing and just BE with that song, hearing the words in my mind. And by the end of it, I had tears running down my face. I clapped loudly because that was how I knew how to recognize and appreciate them for providing a vehicle that would move me so grandly. All over the store, people joined in the applause. Ripples of it moved through the space, building to a near thunderous applause. It took my breath away.

When we choose to focus on experiencing this life through the lens of Love, Joy, and Peace, then that is what our life becomes. When we choose to express appreciation of these experiences, it expands that which we appreciate. When we choose to be willing to stand up and speak out for that which bring us Joy, for that to which we are passionately committed, or for that which feels Light to us, then we create a ripple in this world that provides space for others who are waiting for someone to lead the way to join in the expression.

The more I clapped for those musicians, the more others clapped for them, and the more beautiful their playing became. The longer it went on, the broader their smiles became, and the more each song grew flawless, synchronized, and harmonious. We, those who were listening to them, chose to appreciate – add value to – them for their beautiful music. And it kept getting better. We were building a reciprocal cycle of Love and Beauty.

In life, my friend, your actions do have a profound effect on this world. Are you willing to stand up, yell, and applaud when the world is choosing to remain mute and deaf? Are you willing to align yourself with the Light of Love? Are you willing to be the Light of Love? Because, when you become willing to choose to live your life in that manner, you become the force that IS changing humanity.

Join us.

Choose Love.

© Angie Millgate 2016

In My Life
Songwriters: LENNON, JOHN / MCCARTNEY, PAUL
Published by: Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life– I love you more

 

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