A Common Heart Song
Whales Point the Way
by Mark Nepo
Just as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other.
In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song.
Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate.
Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song.
When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at ThreeIntentions.com.
More from Natural Awakenings
Because they’re built lower to the ground, our dogs and cats can pick up seasonal allergens on fur from grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals and fleas.
Fresh water supplies are dwindling globally, including in the U.S., yet we can do things on a personal level to help hold onto this finite resource.
Kids are especially sensitive to the pollen, chemicals, dust mites, mold and pet dander that cause allergies, but simple strategies can keep these culprits in check.
This summer, meet Wisconsin’s inspiring community of women farmers championing local food and family farms through SOIL SISTERS: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life, August 2 through 4.
Practicing consulting hypnotist Keridak Silk will lead a National Guild of Hypnotists certification program on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m., April 6 through June 6, at Universal Awareness Fellowship, in Menomonee Falls.
Reiki master teacher Rhiana Tehan will lead a weekend reiki intensive from 5 to 9 p.m., March 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 16.
Join Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Tradition, for Stages of Spiritual Development and Using Mantra to Calm the Mind.
Renew Holistic Wellness, a new natural care center offering thermography services, colon hydrotherapy, integrative nutrition, health coaching and reiki, has opened, by appointment only, in Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport neighborhood.
Kundalini yoga, known as the Yoga of Awareness, Path of the Sun, is an integrative, simultaneous practice of the eight limbs of yoga as well as all 108 forms of yoga, thus recognized as the fastest path of transformation and enlightenment.
Community supported agriculture, a model in which consumers buy a share of a farm’s harvest each growing season and get direct access to their fresh, locally grown produce, fosters connections between farmers and consumers while encouraging ecologically sound farming practices.
Center for Well-Being Lake Country is launching a new series of classes for children and adults interested in creating a spiritually enriched life.
Food waste is beginning to garner attention recently, as its link to worldwide food insecurity and environmental damage increasingly comes into focus.