You can’t get to the dawn of a new day without first suffering through a dark night. The fourth song on the album, “Children of First Light”, continues the instrumental story introducing an awareness of suffering together with a promise of redemption and resurrection.
For this soundscape meditation, I imagine our ancient ancestors, a group of early human beings awakening to themselves and to the spirit of Earth, struggling with their own self-awareness, limitations, frailties, and fear of death while still entering into communal gratitude for the new day upon them; walking the path of suffering, and along the way discovering love and joy there too. For both suffering and love are of the same path.
It may be true that the heart can only love as deeply as it has been broken. Even then, it is daunting in that it requires lasting courage and faith to show up after being broken in the dark night to embrace a new day without your armor and sword, instead with only a handful of compassion. But, that’s enough. Meister Eckhart, the medieval mystic and priest, is recorded as having said “If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough”.
We may have long taken for granted the life-giving sunshine and the air we breathe, but the Divine energy that flows through the sun and air has not forgotten us. There is still time to rekindle an awareness and gratitude for this life.