Introspection, contemplation, meditation — these are all terms for a practice that leads our attention toward a heightened awareness. Inner Listening is the foundation for developing this awareness. The different impulses, traits and conversations we all have within us have their own vibrations and sounds…and this cacophony is often the first thing we notice when we turn our attention inward!

How do we harmonize all this inner jumble?

Consider that all emotions and thoughts we have every day, every moment, ultimately arise from Silence. Many people have had special experiences where time seemed to stand still and all was peaceful. The Nada yogis say we can learn to dive into this stillness by listening to ever-more subtle sounds. We can do this by beginning with soothing outer music and gradually turn our focus to the inner symphony of our own body.

Once we go beyond our own body’s nervous system, we can venture beyond thought, to merge in the Anahata Brahma or “unstruck sound.” Anahata Brahma means is the Cosmic Word — the Om or Amen.

In this video I introduce some of the Rasas (flavors) of different kinds of music. The Rasas represent different frequency levels, and they introduce a sound meditation that can be practiced to develop more inner sensitivity.

Breathe slowly and deeply as you do this and harmonize with the Cosmos (aka your Sonic Self)!

Philippo Franchini is a world-renowned musician and pioneer in bringing Nada Yoga to the West. He has been called "the Ram Dass of meditative music." Ram Dass made meditation popular in the 70s via his book, Be Here Now, and Philippo is bringing Nada Yoga to the West via his CD, Magic & Grace, which, you could say, is the result of "being here now" for three decades! Currently living in Los Angeles, Philippo has performed at Bhakti Fest, the House of Blues, the Kodak Theatre, BB King’s, the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center. He also performed at the Milan International Yoga Festival in October 2010, and at many other clubs and festivals all over the world. Fans have heard his music live in the States, Canada, Dubai, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Spain, and Egypt. He tours regularly with David Newman and the collective groove ensemble known as Shaman’s Dream. He has also played and recorded with Jillian Speer, Dave Stringer, the Persian singer Siavesh Ghomayshi, DJ Andy Caldwell, and Suzanne Teng. His music compositions have been used in several films, including Mean Girls (2004) and Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney (2008).

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