Author Archives: isabelle.matzkin

Music Cultivates Holistic Functioning

The word “holistic” is used a lot. It’s a fashionable term, but it sounds so very abstract and vague. Does that word have a precise, practical meaning? In terms of Consciousness-Based education, yes. A holistic experience is an integrated expression of … Continue reading

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Take Me There

  Where towering mountains exalt the sky Like temples from eras gone by Adorned by million-year altars of ice Magnificence blesses the eye Take me there Where pristine forests of snow-laden pines Stand silently, moon after moon Untouched, undefiled, mysterious … Continue reading

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Songwriting, Joni Mitchell, Refined Emotion and Pure Consciousness

“Music is what feelings sound like.” —Anonymous When I ask my MUM students about the purpose of writing songs, they usually say that it is to communicate feelings. That launches a class discussion which goes something like this: I argue that when someone … Continue reading

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A Unique, Personal Song for Each Person?

That would be interesting, wouldn’t it. In a way, it’s literally true: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have m.br/–overnight/’ title=’ overnight’> overnight called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible … Continue reading

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Artistry, Intuition, and the Gap

My previous post explored the mind-bending ability of poetry to express the coexistence of unity and duality. A lovely thing to see: through the paper window’s hole, the Galaxy. In this famous haiku, Kobayashi Issa contracts the reader’s awareness to a tiny spot, then … Continue reading

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Creativity: The Mind-Bending Skill of Uniting Opposites

If one wants to stalk the creative process, there are some fascinating and very revealing principles to be found in poetry. Consider the following excerpts: Mystery rapes my reason – Maya Angelou I cannot touch because they are too near … Continue reading

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Haiku: Forest canopies

Forest canopies: Engineered for breathtaking Birdsong acoustics

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Math and Art

Artists who fear math: Remember, math is seeking Elegance

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Sounds of Spring

Sweet sights and scents And sounds of spring Then – lawnmowers

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Dawn

  Birds at dawn, Scent of lilacs – Thoughts not needed  

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