“Things and the self are governed by the same principle. If you understand one, you understand the other, for the truth within and the truth without are identical.”
-Er Cheng Yishu, 11th century
I’ve been reflecting on the interconnectedness of different themes and experiences in my life a lot lately. What applies to one, applies to another…and I’m no stranger to making the same mistake twice (read: several times).
I also recently hit another artistic tipping point. I needed music back in my life on a regular basis and have started to play the guitar for a few minutes each night. Inevitably a few minutes turns into an hour, and I find myself getting lost in thought as my fingers comfortably find their rhythm on the fretboard.
Transitioning from chord to chord, I’ve realized a lot of life’s themes can be found in the subtleties that make up my guitar, if I’m listening.
Everything’s already been laid out for you, it’s just about discovering.
And you don’t need to know everything to have fun and discover.
But play the same simple note over and over, boredom ensues.
The greater the imagination, the greater the happiness.
Some relationships create harmony.
And once you’ve warmed up to it a bit, you can get completely lost in the music.
Of course, these connections are not limited to music. But it starts with listening, seeing, feeling.
Originally Published: January 11th, 2014