Dear friends and visitors,
The overarching theme of the Living Room is ” How to live a life based on Truth”
This blog exists since 2010 and reflects my own journey, as well as featuring the contributions of many souls that I met along the way. What an exciting, surprising and fulfilling time it has been and now, almost 4 years and hundreds of postings later, I can honestly say – what a trip and we have not seen anything yet !
So come in and take a look around. You will find a comfy sofa to sit on and chat with friends, a cosy armchair to tell your story, an inviting window seat for contemplation and a pretty mirror for reflections. There are books, magazines, music and many other items to be found on the coffee table and you can withdraw to the kitchen, everybody’s favorite place;
Check out the themes and different collections, like “Listening to Orpheus” or ” Means of Life”, or ” Michaela on Medicine”, or enjoy the Original Poetry.
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Enjoy the Living Room, share with your friends and return any time you like !
Dear friends & visitors,
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This is Mozart’s last symphony, composed in the summer of 1788.
This is so much more than a piece of classical music…this is a piece of eternity
Happy Christmas, everyOne
For me, Mozart is about pure, heavenly joy…but also about profound depth and tragedy.There is a great secret surrounding the last 3 symphonies – # 39,40 and 41 and some believe they have been written for posterity.
In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs appeared in the City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval Europe’s growing obsession with signs sent from “God” — a testament to the basic human propensity for magical thinking, with which we often explain feelings and phenomena beyond the grasp of our logic. This unusual Roman manuscript was recently discovered and published for the first time as The Book of Miracles .
Folio 28: “In 1007 A.D., a wondrous comet appeared…It gave off fire and flames in every direction. It was seen in Germany and Welschland and it fell onto the earth.”
The avid visitor to the living room may have noticed the previous Christmas themes and posts. For me this is a time of stillness and magic, precious with nature preparing for winter and wonders of the sacred being felt closer than during any other season. Just step outside and take a breath. Where I live, this has been an unusually long and mild autumn, so the last roses are still on the bushes, contrasting the foggy dampness and moldering leafs. And Christmas lights everywhere…
The themes that seem to arise this year are joy and anticipation, gifts and giving. In terms of music I cannot think of any other compose expressing this better than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In fact, where I am drawn towards are the last 3 symphonies. that one of my favorite conductors, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, calls “an instrumental oratorio”, convinced that the three famous pieces were intended as a unity.
So let us start with the Symphony 39 that has a “grand introduction” with fanfares and a pretty “Ländler” during the 3rd movement. Just listen to the instruments talking with each other…
This is a beautiful find…
The Corelli Christmas Concerto from the early 18th century, played on original instruments…and it makes my soul dance
The first Sunday in Advent calls for Bach (BWV 62 ” Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland”
And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!’ (Mk 13,37)
Once again the mystery and magic of Christmas can be felt all around us.
We may have become a bit cynical about the commercial aspects of season’s giving, but all the hectic and noise are a useful contrast to what this time of the year, here it is called Advent is all about: silence and joyful anticipation of the return of the Light.
From: J.S.Bach “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” BWV 140
Enjoy and let me know the instances of magic, mystery and miracles in your life