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Horse Beach Flute Meditation

It all started on a quiet spring day on the beach last week. My wife, Andrea Boston and I were enjoying the day, birds, seals and the whales as they swam north along Limantour Beach. The amazing part of the day is that we were virtually alone on the beach for hours.

Then came two women riding horses. I was sitting playing the flute and the horses curiously came over to listen. The Mare came in front of me and began to yawn, stretching her face and relaxing her body. Then she literally proceeded to relax into what I can only describe as a meditation. She listened quietly while I played the flute, eyes closing, it was an incredible and magical experience.

After talking with the owner of the horses Karin Dilou and her friend Meta, we shared our experiences, how none of us had witnessed anything quite like it and how special a moment it was. There was something beautiful and simple that happened, it was the power of music to transform not only us as the humans but also this beautiful majestic creature named Duchess.

We received an invitation to Danehill Manor, Karin’s property and what I can only describe as a horse/nature sanctuary. We visited with her and some new friends Meta, Candra and Karin’s herd of 7 horses and 2 dogs! I of course brought my flutes and Andrea her camera.

What we experienced delighted and surprised all of us including Karin as the Horses responded in such interesting and unpredictable ways to the magic of the flute. There were all kinds of interesting dynamics that played out between the pecking order of the herd and how individual horses responded.

Karin is an incredible teacher into how our subtle energy affects the animals. When we tense up, they tense and when we are confident, calm and breathing they are relaxed and able to be calm, trust and follow you as the leader.

The experiment will continue and we look forward to spending more time with these amazing animals and our new friends. Thank you Karin!! And thanks to my brother Bo Fain who makes these amazing flutes that have forever changed my life!!

Believe in something bigger than you

Believe in something bigger than you, bigger than your limitations. Believe in a something that is a larger collective, something that incorporates both seen and unseen beings. Envision that you are tapping into a larger circle of power, one that is enveloping you and assures that you are always taken care of. One that supports you in all ways. One that gives to you a place of rest and comfort and still motivates and assures your success. You are too big too fail because you are surrounded with a collective energy of support, encouragement, brilliance, talent, contacts, networks, gifts, opportunities and Love. Shine Bright! ~TB

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Change is Inevitable

Change is inevitable.  In our ever-expanding Universe we can rely solely on the reality that change happens constantly throughout eternity in every moment.

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We know this because of simple laws and our understanding of how the Universe works.  We can try to capture the moment in a memory, photograph, video or song but even the experience of viewing that moment is changing.  Every time we look at the object again our perception has changed and we are not the same person we were when we originally captured that moment so it can never be the same again.

Music has always been a great teacher of change.  It is always expanding, always changing in every moment, never the same and demands that you listen to every moment literally as if you have never heard it before, fresh, aware, alert and present.

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One of the best tools to experience this constantly changing Universe we live in is Meditation.  By being still, focusing on our breath and listening, we relate to this moment as it is.  We can watch the subtlety of change and observe it while practicing non attachment.

This allows us to accept the moment purely for what it is, a moment.  Then, we can respond to it from a place of understanding that it is impermanent. If we are patient it will change in the next moment, the next pulse, the next note, the next breath, inevitably it will change.

Air, Water, Food, Sun, Music, Love…We are all One!

~ TB

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Little Dear Music Fan

This music sings in my heart when the morning rises and when the night falls. She is the Choir of Angels, the Calling of the Soul and the Song of the Earth, selfless giving, compassionate and present. One within you and without you… ~ TB

Music can be a healing force in our lives! As an artist one of those most fulfilling experiences is sharing and performing music live. I learned something that forever changed the way I approached “performance” and that is, it is not about me. If I consciously give my gift to the “audience” with the intention that the music serves in whatever way is needed, practice my part, give it my best then get out of the way and let the music do it’s magic…then something bigger happens and everyone feels it! This picture was taken by Andrea when we were working on some music in the studio. This little deer sat at the window for about 10 minutes listening intently to the magic we were creating!

~ TB

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What does music mean to your life?

I have been pondering this thing we call music and admittedly I am infatuated by it. I find that all day long I am tapping rhythms or singing melodies without even thinking about it. I use music in the morning to meditate and on a good day play music in the evening to wind down and rest. I love to play music with my wife, family and friends and find it connects us in amazing ways.

I honestly don’t think I could live without it and truly feel that it is as fundamental as air, water, food and love. When I play music for long periods of time I become deeply tuned in to the now, the moment of now and find myself in a state of meditation.

I remember being a kid in my teen years and I would sit and play music for hours. At that time, life was often confusing and chaotic in many ways. Something magical would happen when I played guitar for long periods of time, I would feel good, I would notice a tangible improvement in my overall view and feelings and my desire to want to harmonize to the people and world around me.

Later in life I noticed how much music tunes me into presence and provides a sanctuary of support and nurturing energy and healing that few other things do. What is it for you? What does music mean to your life.

~TB

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This music sings in my heart when the morning rises and when the night falls. She is the Choir of Angels, the Calling of the Soul and the Song of the Earth, selfless giving, compassionate and present. One within you and without you. ~ Todd Boston

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello and Welcome!

Every once and a while it’s good to clean the closet and start fresh.

This is a New Beginning.  The last few years have been an incredible journey and in my heart of hearts I feel the best is yet to come.  I am exited about life and I feel exited to create music.

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There is a deep yearning in my heart to play music, if I don’t for a day or a few days some part of me starts to ache and I get a little less patient and potentially more grouchy.  I play the guitar, a flute or perhaps a drum for more than a few minutes and something remarkable happens.  I transform.  I relax.  I become completely present and absorbed in the mystery and magic of music.

Music is a very practical thing, according to Webster’s, “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.”

That is an accurate definition of music but still there is something beyond that definition that defies scientific explanation.  There is something missing from that definition.  What’s missing is the immeasurable impact when a person “orders tones or sounds…” with heart and soul.  When tone and human come together to make music, heaven and earth collide and the realms of “reality” and miracle become indistinguishable.

And As far as I can tell music is a miracle.  In all of the great stories from every spiritual tradition sound, tone, music is deeply in relationship with whatever or whoever is believed to have created everything.  I have yet to hear a creation story that doesn’t involve some kind of vibration or sound.  The mystic would say Nada Brahma.  What does this mean? Simply,  Sound is God!

~TB

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