“THE QUIETER YOU BECOME, THE MORE YOU ARE ABLE TO HEAR"
— RUMI —

This month's playlist is inspired by this idea of finding more quiet and hearing more - to aid in this endeavour some of the pieces are a little longer, two are nearly a full ten minutes.

Listen as you feel serves you best; as usual there are a couple more pieces than the days in the month so you can choose to listen to one a day as a mediation practice,as a sleep playlist or the soundtrack to a quiet evening. But to get the most nutrients out of them I ask that you find time to consciously listen to these pieces and don't relegate them to background music.

If you can find somewhere comfy to sit and listen as consciously as you are able - no judgement. Allow your thoughts to drift like clouds through your mind, letting them morph and disperse as they will. If your thoughts drift to your worries or to your joblist acknowledge them but set them aside, this is not their time. In their place see what comes to mind, what images these piece evoke and how they make you feel.

Many of the pieces within this playlist have strong imagery for me, I hope that they will bring happy memories and thoughts to mind for you too. For example "Lost and Found" by Dardust makes me think of a tide rushing in and the sun rising over a new day, while "Reminiscence" by Òlafur Arnalds bring to mind love stories from movies and books I love.

I've love to hear what these pieces bring to your mind, let me know in the comments below.

(You can listen to the playlist here by clicking on the pieces if you are signed into Spotify on your device, alternatively you can click the white Spotify logo in the top right hand corner of the playlist and it will take you to the playlist or you can click the button below)

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If you want to add another element to your listening practice, can I suggest Courtney Carver's lovely 'Hands on Heart' practice while you listen to pieces from this playlist?

In her wonderful book 'Soulful Simplicity' Courtney talks about one of the ways she made space and time for herself was by listening to her heart in a very literal way.

"I put one hand on my heart and then cover it with the other hand, as if I were holding my heart. It's a gesture to tell my heart, "I've got you. I trust you. I am here to listen to you." And then I sit with my eyes softly looking down, or closed, and I wait. Sometimes there's nothing, just me sitting quietly holding my heart. But the more I practice, the safer my heart feels, the more she speaks to me. This practice helped me develop the confidence to trust the voice inside that I'd been ignoring for so long."

This practice is particularly helpful if you are feeling a little lost or vulnerable as many of us are at the moment. It is a little practice I have added to my evening ritual. I curl up in bed holding my heart as I listen to one of my playlists and gently fall asleep.

with love,
Samantha