Onto tune

Song of the Sea… and the prompting of a pure heart!

“I am not sure why I felt like singing this song,” she said as her sweet voice concluded the Gaelic chanting of Lisa Hannigan‘s “Song of the Sea”

“Because your heart prompted you to do so”, I concluded.

I had asked my dear Sofia for prayers as I shared with her that I had received devastating news about a friend earlier today. As she was looking up the translation of the lyrics, I inquired: “We continue being friends even when our friends make grievous mistakes, don’t we?” — “Of course,” she confirmed and read out loud:

“Between the here, Between the now
Between the North, Between the South

Between the West, Between the East
Between the time, Between the place

From the shell
The Song of the Sea
Neither quiet nor calm
Searching for love again,

Mo ghrá (My love)

Between the winds, Between the waves
Between the sands, Between the shores

From the shell
The Song of the Sea
Neither quiet nor calm
Searching for love again,

Between the stones, Between the storms
Between belief, Between the seas

Tá mé i dtiúin (I am in tune)”
Lisa Hannigan

As I had finished reading a prayer for protection by the Báb, she’d asked me if she could offer a prayer that was not Bahá’i — “Of course,” I confirmed… and listened… and thought… and reflected on what could have been if I had been less preoccupied with myself and whether I would be good enough to assist…

Her “other” voice

Fifteen or so minutes earlier, Sofia’s sleepy voice had become reenergized while reflecting on my question: “What challenge did you overcome today?” — at first she had not considered anything as challenging since her math summer school apparently rehashes what she and her sister already know. But then she remembered successfully getting the boys in her study group to behave, focus and actually do productive work. She had done that by using her “other” voice — the voice that is not necessarily sweet but convincing and authoritative. She is learning to master the power of her voice — not only to chant beautifully but also to tell important truths with commanding aplomb!

I congratulated her and reiterated how important it was that rather than passively stand she had intervened and guided the disruptive boys onto the path towards something productive. She felt good about it; I felt proud, and inspired, and determined — to not be passive and to act!

I had been reflecting on missed opportunities quite often lately. Mostly, these thoughts had been focused on my frailties, weaknesses and imperfections. I’d felt since I was not “the right kind” I should just step aside. Today though, I realize that this had been utterly counterproductive. The excuse of perceived inadequacy had kept me away from contributing to community building as adequately as I feel I should have. As a result, it had prevented me from possibly helping those who might have needed my help! Who knows whether by not taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with a friend — or even a stranger — I might have missed a chance to guide them onto the right path, a chance to prevent devastating consequences…

“Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty.” ~ The Bab, Farewell Address to the Letters of the Living, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 94.

Between the stones, Between the storms
Between belief, Between the seas

Tá mé i dtiúin (I am in tune)

I am tuning in / onto tune / in tune!

Tuning in / onto tune / in tune

Tuning in / onto tune / in tune

“O thou bird of pleasing tones!Thy little book of poems, which were very sweet, was read. It was a source of joy, for it was a spiritual anthem and a melody of the love of God.

Continue as long as thou canst this melody in the gatherings of the beloved; thus may the minds find rest and joy and become in tune with the love of God. When eloquence of expression, beauty of sense and sweetness of composition unite with new melodies the effect is ever great, especially if it be the anthem of the verses of oneness and the songs of praise to the Lord of Glory.

Endeavor your utmost to compose beautiful poems to be chanted with heavenly music; thus may their beauty affect the minds and impress the hearts of those who listen.” ~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

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