Monday, November 3, 2014

Learn By Heart

According to the tenets of Ayurvedic medicine, memory's wellspring is in the heart. The more one loves, the better one remembers. Thus, we say "learn by heart."

(p. 16, The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Bernard Bouanchaud -- 1997)

I've been reading The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body which I heard about here. The music below was composed by Vissarion Shebalin, who lost much of his language function because of strokes, but retained the ability to compose music. I have been listening to this over and over again and find it deeply moving.


Anonymous said...

I love the title "The Singing Neanderthals…" I am going to have read this book. I am a big fan of Neanderthals and have thought about submitting my DNA to see how much Neanderthal DNA I have. I love knowing that they are a part of our genetic makeup. And the concept of "learning by heart" is beautiful.

The Solitary Walker said...

Oh, Am, that music was so deeply, deeply moving, I'm quite lost for words. Thanks so much for introducing it to me.