Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life ~Bertrand Auerbach~

Photo credit: I took this photo of my son as he was preparing to play for his cousin’s wedding. The song was “Touch the Sky” from the movie “Brave”. He recommended it to her and it fit the scene just beautifully. The song sounded amazing being played on the viola in the glass chapel.

For Top It Off Tuesday I found myself in much need of a day of music and peace.

Whenever I am in search of peace I do two things…find some music that soothes my soul and spend time absorbing the beauty found in nature…the trees, the birds, the animals, the lakes, creeks, and other bodies of water and the owls and deer. To combine music and nature is the ultimate cure for whatever is upsetting in everyday life. As Berthold Auerbach says…”Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Can you just imagine that? Sitting in a wooded area near a creek or stream, the water slowly moving along its path, while looking at a tiny cross-bridge up above and breathing ever so slowly in and then out, soaking in the gentle sounds of the water and beautiful sounds of the music while feeling the mist from the water gently washing away all the dust of our hurried lives.

Lately, I am finding myself wanting more of that solitude and peace than normal as the message each morning comes loud and clear…keep the hope, stay strong, and let the hard memories drift away. Life is filled with situations that bring us to the brink….to the point where we want to seek out the moments I described and stop, for just a moment to cherish and soak in the beauty of the world and refresh our souls from the trials of everyday life.

And, so today, I am thankful for that music that washes away the dust, thankful for this place where I get to just “be” and, thankful for all the beauty we see and get to experience on this earth. I am grateful… especially when the ‘cold winds are calling’ and I am longing for that clear and bright sky!

Photo: The picture below is from just down our front drive. It’s almost as if he is saying good morning to us. 🙂

Good morning from all of us here at Life On The Patio. Have a wonderful Tuesday😊

22 Comments on “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life ~Bertrand Auerbach~

  1. I know the feeling well and about 13 years ago I went with a friend for my first hike in nature and never looked back. It was balance to my hectic retail life and soon I was hooked on a feeling, wanting to feel that inner peace over and over. Not many can sit still and let it all go and many rush from place to place to see it all. When we go, it’s an all day event where we find a place, have a picnic and take nap next to that bridge and the sound of water. As you ground with Mother Nature you will feel your worries melt away. I’ve done a post on grounding if you care to see. Best of luck to you and welcome to the few.
    PS. The music in the glass chapel had to have been amazing.

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    • Ah, yes! You described it perfectly and staying on for a picnic is wonderful. We used to take our kids when they were young and so just that so often when I was able to hike and even after that as they would hike on their own and with their dad as they got older. I feel blessed to be a part of the ‘few’ who take the time to truly enjoy the experience and revive my spirit thanks for the suggestion about your blog on grounding. I’ll look for it.

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      • It’s always such a pleasure to share these thoughts with someone who feels the same. Good for you getting the kids involved early, paying it forward and passing on traditions that will become so important in their life’s. Bless you and safe steps my dear.

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    • Glad you have found it helpful too! I feel so much better after some good music and time to refresh and soak up all the natural beauty around me.

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  2. A lovely, meaningful post. It reminded me of the work of Wendell Berry, a renowned Kentucky poet, who depended so much on the peace to be found in nature. And yes, music does soothe the savage beast. I lean on classical or jazz when I need to find a better frame of mind 🙂 .

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    • Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you liked the post. I love that you lean on music too. I enjoy most music including jazz and, of course, classical. While training, my son played mostly classical and composes his own classical music now.

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  3. What a beautiful sight ! And the way you described the scenery around you I felt it every bit of it like I was there. .Feeling the breeze and sun on my face aww that sounds so beautiful . I believe it is a reminder what we take for granted. Beautiful post 🙂

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  4. It has been such a long time since I went on a hike in the woods. This post brought back fond memories of the peace I would feel on those walks. Our old home had a path behind it that meandered through a beautiful forest, almost deserted. I would walk there almost daily, sometimes with beautiful music playing in my ears, other days, just enjoying the nature sounds. I need to recreate that habit … thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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    • Oh my goodness! You are welcome!!! I am sooooooo glad it brought back beautiful memories for you. The path and forest sound wonderful☀️.

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