Improving Your Timing and Rhythm...
If music were a house, it would be easy to say rhythm would be its foundation. Houses that last need a good, strong foundation. Being able to understand and harness basic rhythm skills is essential for anyone who desire to advance in their musical journey.
I may not know you yet, but I hope to get to know you soon. My name is Jay Sandifer. I am a music educator and studio manager for PianoDrumsGuitar.com. I have seen over 700 music students come through our studio since 1997.
A Musical Building Block: Rhythm
There is no question about the next statement you are going to read: without doubt, THE most elemental building block to a fulfilling and successful music journey is the ability to harness rhythm (a close second is pitch recognition).
For some students and scholars, harnessing rhythms pulse and beat is easy ....for others? It can be quite a struggle.
Which student are you?
Read More to learn three tips to help you improve your sense of rhythm and timing...
In the Greek language, the english word love has four different words with four different meanings. The four words are:
Let's look for a moment at the last one on the list: Agape
God is Love
"The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -The Bible (1 John 4:8).
Love is so much more than a feeling. Like emotions, feelings can change pretty quickly.
In order for love to have power it must be more than feeling. Love has to be choice. It has to be a decision. People have to decide to love.
People have to decide to love. Real genuine love requires a very important concept called covenant. Covenant involves commitment. People who are truly committed to each other show it thru covenant. Covenant binds them together. People need Covenant commitment if they truly want to show love.
This is not love. It is a self seeking type of thing based on complex human conditions such acceptance, ego, validation, purpose, and overall feelings of 'I need my needs met'.
True love does not come and go based on emotions and feelings. True love stays committed through all storms and all despair. True love offers welcomed solutions and a listening ear.
Because true love is not based on feelings, true love originates from outside our natural selves.
"We love because God first loved us." -1 John 4:19
The Lord has set a tremendously powerful example for you and me to follow. His example of Love is demonstrated by loving us first. He choose (and chooses) to love us even when we turn away from and ignore him.
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8
We are incapable of true love with out God.
Love is a choice.
Love fully defined
One of the most complete definitions of love can also be found in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). I put in bulleted points format for you.
"God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
This is a very famous Bible verse. I learned when I was a child. Did you? You can find it in the Gospel book of John. It's in Chapter 3 and its verse 16.
The Bible has a lot to say about love.
Loves Greatest Achievement
The greatest achievement of love is a victory called Eternal Life. Take this simple survey to find out about your eternal destiny.
The designs and patterns by Jay Sandifer may look like Mandalas, but they are not.
They are designs and patterns meant to be appreciated as works of art reflecting the art of work.
In many spiritual climates, the purpose of mandalas is generally associated with the meditation practices of Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Tantra Buddhism. Because of this, mandalas are not typically found in Judeo-Christian worship practices.
The artist, Jay Sandifer, embraces the incredibly profound and often challenging teachings of the Christ. The artist firmly believes true spiritual fulfillment regarding purpose, destiny, peace, and power only comes from one place, the Gospel. This explains why the designs and patterns of Jay Sandifer are not mandalas.
The Gospel is explicit. It is narrow. It is not all inclusive. The Gospel does not include eastern religious philosophies. It is selective in nature through the free will and choice of each individual.
Christ does not exclude people. People exclude Christ. Christ welcomes all. However, not all welcome Christ. Here is the reason: The undeniable, direct and clear teachings of Christ provide a backdrop of standards which require a faith to focus on only one God. This seems hard for many people because they would have to admit, accept and embrace a unique intolerance.
You are invited to complete the free eternal destiny survey at the end of this article.
Also ....with all respect, the word mandala simply means circle in the ancient Sanskrit language. Some have extended its definition liberally to include 'sacred' circle.
There is nothing inherently bad, evil, good or holy about a circle. A circle is simply a shape and symbol with cultural meaning attached. The circle, or any other symbol is a visible representation of an invisible reality. It is like the sacraments of worship: an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible reality and truth.
Again, the intriguing ideas and purpose of the mandala are not wrong in and of themselves. It is not wrong to be inspired by design. People have been and currently are inspired by design and/or nature every day …all over the planet.
I want to share a thought with you. Here is it: The design, pattern and creation is not necessarily wrong, it's what (or who) is encountered and attributed on the other side that really defines its purpose.
Here is a simple question: if you are using mandalas for meditation, why?
Is it for fun? Just because?
Maybe your answer is something like this: I want to center myself and find peace. Balance will come to me and I can become one with the universe.
-Or- if you want to be really spiritual, your answer may be like this: I want to transcend my consciousness in order to tap into the other side.
This might very well bring me to my point. What is the other side? Who is on the other side?
Jesus Christ says, “There is only one way to God. I am the way.” Jesus says, “I am the (only) way.” He says, “No one comes to the Father (God) any another way (John 14:6).”
WOW! Jesus, what a bold and challenging thing to say! I’ve read through the Gospels several times. It is my discovery that Jesus says many bold and challenging things, perhaps that is why he was murdered in his early thirties.
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