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By Tekla A. Syers

Sit down and listen…no talking. It’ll be good for you. Let’s listen to Yo Yo Ma. OO

Be still. No humming along OOor toe tapping. We’re going to let Yo Yo Ma OOrenew and realign us, OOmentally and physically.

Set Yo Yo Ma to play OOand all we have to do is listen. Find a comfortable seat OOand position yourself OOto listen.

Once the music starts OOdon’t say anything. Effortlessly follow the music, OObut as you never have before.

Insist that your stiff shoulder listen. Pay attention OOand see that it does. You’ll thank me later.

Now what about that troublesome knee OOor that headache?

Hearing is not limited OOto our ears. And hearing heals.

Are your fingers listening? Yo Yo Ma has a way with fingers OOand toes. Don’t let them miss this tuneup.

I direct my neck to listen. It feels so good. Notes vibrating away stress OOin joints and muscles. Melodies rejuvenating organs OOand replacing tension. Just sitting here listening OOto Yo Yo Ma.

My shoulders OOand the length of my spine OOenjoy listening.

My right hip OOlistens more intently. It needs it.

Who knew OOthat Yo Yo Ma was a physical therapist?

That Yo Yo Ma!

Each muscle relaxes OOas it listens.

Just be still and listen.

My scalp listens OOand wonders OOdoes Yo Yo Ma trigger hair growth?

My lungs breathe easy OOand in tune OOas they listen.

My mind is present OOand at ease.

And my attention draws the healing melodies OOfrom heart to head OOto hand, OOfrom one part of my body OOto another OOlingering as it will OOwhere it will.

Offer yourself OOthis gift. Join me and Yo Yo Ma.

Sit down and listen…no talking.


Tekla A. Syers resides in Chicago as a student and teacher of metaphysics; smitten grandmother; dabbler in culinary arts; semi-retired fund development and nonprofit management consultant; and a craftswoman. She enjoys music and art in myriad forms and makes time to observe and reflect on why folks and things are as they are.

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