Recently someone asked ,”What do you do?” Not what do you do for a living, but what do you with your life. How do you make life vivid? I love this question, because I ask it all the time. My automatic response was, I inspire. I didn’t say, I’m make sound or music, or I listen, dance or write. Those to me are the ingredients of inspiration, the different instruments that make up the orchestra.
To inspire is to bring in spirit, to breath in life. This is what I do, with every experience I have. I listen. Sound is a sense of touch and listening is a felt experience. Your life is a symphony of felt experiences waiting for you to tune in. I tune in and I share.
As an example, if you read my first article, you will know that I have been exploring sound in space. I came across a man-made salt cave that is based on the ancient salt mine that I visited in Poland when I was a child, and my curiosity of what it would be like to sing in it was peaked. I arranged an appointment to sing in the cave. I always keep an open mind when I walk into a new experience as the unexpected is always more joyful than anything I can imagine. It was unexpectedly beautiful. The therapeutic benefits of salt caves are many but for my purposes, the idea of breathing in fresh, pure air into my lungs to make a tone was akin to sitting on a cloud. Singing the tone into the space was surprising because it gave me no echo but rather enfolded me with my own sound, the acoustics of which I won’t get into here. It was divine and made me just want to sing more, and I did.
I was so deeply inspired that I have organized a singing circle in the cave… to inspire, breathe life into, the lives of others. My life becomes my living. This is how I created my Zen Echoes, sound as a practice. Sound is inspirational because it comes from the gap. It comes from the space between the inhalation and the exhalation, the inspiration and the expression.
Anny Fyreagle is an inspired sonic mystic who creates sound felt experiences to inspire others into the world of sound that surrounds us. You can find out more about her, the Salt Cave Singing Circle and the Zen Echoes program at www.anandasound.com.