Partnership                                    MEDITATION                                          Spirituality 
Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits.”

— John O Donohue, Anam Cara

Few or fleeting moments in life allow for contemplative intention or what Aine Minogue describes as the “deepening of the spiritual experience” in a way that many believe her music can provide, especially for those seeking a greater, vaster understanding of their existence in the here and now ... and the beyond. 

Opportunities and openings for introspection, reflection or, as she offers, meditation that captivate and fascinate legions of listeners and followers across the world … many enthralled by songs that settle, soften and still ... all, as she says, "drawing from the well of Celtic mystical traditions." 

Compositions that revered Irish poet, author and philosopher John O’Donohue once described as “Music that invites us to listen with the soul” and who believed music to be “... the one art form that changes our experience of time. We enter the deeper dimension of time where the eternal is hidden. Time is never still; it brings us to new frontiers in every moment.” 

Throughout her musical career, and in her journey through life, Minogue has maintained an abiding devotion and connection to her homeland and its people, legends, customs, mythologies, folklores, and symbols, from Celtic crosses to stone circles, which decorate her country’s endless, timeless undulating green hills and valleys. 

With the release her fourteenth solo album entitled Celtic Meditation Music: In the Name of Stillness, Minogue once again evokes images of a magical and mystical Ireland and she weaves together ten melodic tracks that are, in her words, “a combination of blessing, community, ritual, and intention that are hallmarks of Celtic meditations.” 

The title of her new album, and its signature opening song, is borne of a love for the word “stillness” and its manifestations of solitude and silence. “Whether it’s used in contemplation or meditation,” Minogue says, “stillness helps to open or create more space for ‘something else to come in’ … more peace, clarity, balance, serenity, perspective. For me, stillness says it all.” 

And, so, too, does stillness, and solitude and silence, say it for those whose words are captured below and whose wisdom speaks to all who listen.

In the Name of Stillness

Áine Minogue

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With the release her fourteenth solo album entitled Celtic Meditation Music: In the Name of Stillness, Minogue weaves together ten mellifluous tracks that, in her words, create a space for "contemplative intention" and a "deepening of the spiritual experience."

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  2. 2 Womb of the Word 04:40 Info
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  4. 4 Chant of Eternity 04:37 Info
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  5. 5 Home of Belonging 04:22 Info
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  6. 6 Loves Silent Song 03:42 Info
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  7. 7 In the Name of Solitude 05:48 Info
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  8. 8 The Sitting Pilgrimage 06:01 Info
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When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men, nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality”

— Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

For millions of years, an ancient conversation has continued between the chorus of the ocean and the silence of the stone”

— John O Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Galway Bay ~ Photo: A. Minogue

Galway Bay ~ Photo: A. Minogue

IN THE NAME OF STILLNESS ~ LINER NOTES

Liner Notes ~ Irish harp accompanied by clarinet, cello, strings, french horn and guitar.

1. In the Name of Stillness 

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. ~Meister Eckhart (1260 – c. 1328) 

2. Womb of the Word  

Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source… We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open, only to discover what is already here. ~Henry Miller (1891 –  1980) 

3. In the Name of Silence 

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. ~Rumi (1207 – 1273) 

4. Chant of Eternity 

Ask the world to reveal its quietude — 

not the silence of machines when they are still, 

but the true quiet by which birdsongs, 

trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms 

become what they are, and are nothing else. ~Wendell Berry (1934 - ) 

5. Home of Belonging  

May we all grow in grace and peace, and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us. ~ Thomas Merton, The Hidden Ground of Love) (1915 – 1968)       

6. Loves Silent Song 

Enter into the stillness inside your busy life.  

Become familiar with her ways.  

Grow to love her, feel with all your heart and you will come to hear her silent music and become one with Love’s silent song. ~Noel Davis 

7. In the Name of Solitude  

When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; 

when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage 

So long as mists envelop you, be still; 

be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists  

- as it surely will 

Then act with courage. ~Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800 - 1914)  

8. The Sitting Pilgrimage  

Everything inside and around us wants to reflect itself in us.  

We don’t have to go anywhere to obtain the truth.  

We only need to be still and things will reveal themselves in the still water of our heart. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - ) 

9. Quiet Absence (live)  

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind!  

The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation. ~ Zhuang Zhou (4th century BC) 

10. Home of Belonging (long version)   

The world of men has forgotten the joys of silence, the peace of solitude which is necessary, to some extent, for the fullness of human living.  Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally.  When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his own true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting.  For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul.  If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person.  He no longer lives as a man.  He becomes a kind of automaton, living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity.  He is no longer moved from within, but only from outside himself.  ~ Thomas Merton, The Silent Life.  NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1957. 

MUSICIAN CREDITS:  

Eugene Friesen, Cello (Womb of the Word)  

Avi Gunther, Keyboards, Soundscapes  

Kathy Halvorson, Oboe  

Brad Hatfield, Orchestration (In the Name of Stillness, Home of Belonging)  

Tom Hill, Clarinet (Womb of the Word)  

Áine Minogue, Irish Harp, Vocals  

Scott Petito, Guitar, Keyboards, Soundscapes 

Recorded by Scott Petito and assisted by Beth Reineke at NRS Recording Studio, Catskill, New York  

www.scottpetitoproductions.com 

Mixed by Avi Gunther  

Mastered by Randy Roos at Squam Sound www.squamsound.com 

Cover and Graphic Design by Alissa Rakauskas 

All tracks traditional, Arranged by Áine Minogue and published by Little Miller Music (BMI) 

 

QUOTES ON STILLNESS

Photo: A. Minogue
Spanish doorway

Photo: A. Minogue Spanish doorway

The body is your only home in the universe. It is your house of belonging here in the world. It is a very sacred temple. To spend time in silence before the mystery of your body brings you toward wisdom and holiness”

— John O Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness”

— Meister Eckhart

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders”

— Lao Tzu

Be still and know that I am God”

— Psalm 46:10

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Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God's speaking from the whirlwind, nature's old song, and dance...”

— Annie Dillard

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Swans at Dromineer ~ Aine Minogue

Swans at Dromineer ~ Aine Minogue

The secret of the receptive Must be sought in stillness Within stillness there remains The potential for action.”

— Zhou Xuanjing

The quieter we are, the more patient and open we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Compose yourself in stillness, draw your attention inward and devote your mind to the Self. The wisdom you seek lies within.”

— Bhagavad Gita

You have traveled too fast over false ground; 

Now your soul has come to take you back. 

Take refuge in your senses, open up 

To all the small miracles you rushed through. 

Become inclined to watch the way of rain 

When it falls slow and free. 

Imitate the habit of twilight, 

Taking time to open the well of color 

That fostered the brightness of day. 

Draw alongside the silence of stone 

Until its calmness can claim you

John O Donohue

 

 

Photo: A. Minogue

Photo: A. Minogue

Man’s greatest strength is shown in standing still”

— Edward Young

living in a silence which so reconciles the contradictions within us that, although they remain within us, they cease to be a problem”

— Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

Spanish arches ~ Photo Aine Minogue

Spanish arches ~ Photo Aine Minogue

Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.”

— Lao Tzu

Silence is the Sister of the Divine

Photo: Aine Minogue

Photo: Aine Minogue

Do I know? [...] The silence, it might be ... or the stillness. To have no more running to do ... to have arrived, and have no more need to run. The appetite changes. Now I think it would be a beautiful thing to be still.”

— Ellis Peters, A Rare Benedictine

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The heart at rest sees a feast in everything”

— Hindi proverb

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How do I become still? By flowing with the stream.”

— ~Lao Tzu

Enter into the stillness inside your busy life. Become familiar with her ways. Grow to love her, feel with all your heart and you will come to hear her silent music and become one with Love’s silent song”

— Noel Davis

Chant of Eternity

It is in the last step that one finds 

the unfathomable beginning; 

it is in the aloneness that one 

discovers himself never alone; 

it is in the deep silence that one hears 

the hidden music, the chant of eternity

the whisper of Love. 

~Heather K. O’Hara

In the Name of Stillness ~ Poetry

When despair for the world grows in me 

and I wake in the night at the least sound 

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, 

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests 

in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. 

I come into the peace of wild things 

who do not tax their lives with forethought 

of grief. I come into the presence of still water. 

And I feel above me the day-blind stars 

waiting with their light. For a time 

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

~Wendell Berry

~ CELTIC MEDITATIONS ~


 VESPERS
By John O’Donohue 

As light departs to let the earth be one with night 
Silence deepens in the mind and thoughts grow slow; 
The basket of twilight brims over with colours 
Gathered from within the secret meadows of the day 

And offered like blessings to the gathering Tenebrae. 
After the day’s frenzy may the heart grow still, 
Gracious in thought for all the day brought, 
Surprises that dawn could never be dreamed, 
The blue silence that came to still the mind, 
The quiver of mystery at the edge of a glimpse 
The golden echoes of worlds behind voices. 

Tense faces unable to hide what gripped the heart, 
The abrupt cut of a glance or a phrase that hurt, 
The flame of longing that distance darkened, 
Boquets of memory that gathered on the heart’s altar, 
The thorn of absence in the rose of dream. 
And the whole while the unknown underworld 
Of the mind turning slowly in its secret orbit. 

May the blessings of sleep bring refreshment and release 
And the Angel of the moon call the rivers of dream 
To soften the hardened earth of the outside life, 
Disentangle from the trapped nets the hurt and sorrow 
And awaken the young soul for the new tomorrow. 


A GAELIC BLESSING 

May the road rise to meet you 
May the wind be at your back 
May the sun shine upon your face 
May the rain fall on your fields 
May the rain fall softly on your fields 
And until we meet again 
May your God hold you gently 
In the hollow of his hand.  

  

MATINS
By John O’Donohue 

Somewhere, out at the edges, the night 
Is turning and the waves of darkness 
Begin to brighten the shore of dawn. 
The heavy dark falls back to earth 
And the freed air goes wild with light, 
The heart fills with fresh, bright breath 
And thoughts stir to give birth to colour. 

I arise today 
In the name of Silence 
Womb of the Word, 
In the name of Stillness 
Home of Belonging, 
In the name of the solitude 
Of the Soul and the Earth 
I arise today 
Blessed by all things, 
Wings of breath, 
Delight of eyes, 
Wonder of whisper, 
Intimacy of touch, 
Eternity of soul, 
Urgency of thought, 
Miracle of health, 
Embrace of God 
May I live this day 
Compassionate of heart, 
Gentle in word, 
Gracious in awareness, 
Courageous in thought, 
Generous in love. 


PEACE 
Translated by. Caitlin Matthews 

Deep peace of running wave to you 
Deep peace of the flowing air to you; 
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you 
Deep peace of the shining stars to you; 
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you; 
Deep peace of Christ to you 
 

Amergin
500 BC. From Irish Mythology: 

The poem is from Amergin’s incantation to Ireland, with origins perhaps five hundred years before Christ. In the poem, Amergin, A Milesian warrior, as well as poet, and Ireland’s “First Druid,” takes on the spirit of Ireland and speaks for it’s soul. Originating in North-west Spain’s Galicia, the Milesians are the ancestors of the Gaels who conquered the country and became the dominant tribe. Their essentially pantheistic earth-based religion, (what modern man might call “New Age”), formed the basis of spirituality until the coming of Christianity; that retained political power at Tara until the arrival of the Anglo-Normans. 

Who is it that creates in the head of man the fire of thought? 
Who is it that enlightens the assembly upon the mountain, if not I? 
Who tells the ages of the moon, if not I? 
Who shows the place where the sun goes to rest, if not I? 


ANOTHER VERSION OF AMERGINS’S MYSTERY 

I am the Wind that blows over the sea; 
I am the Wave of the Ocean; 
I am the Murmur of the billows: 
I am the Ox of the Seven Combats; 
I am the Vulture on the rock; 
I am a ray of the sun; 
I am the fairest of Plants; 
I am a Wild Boar  in valour;  
I am a Salmon in the Water; 
I am a Lake in the plain; 
II am the Craft of the artificer; 
I am a Word of Science; 
I am the Spear-point that gives battle 
I am the god that creates in the head of man the fire of thought. 

 

ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE

Christ behind and before me, 
Christ beneath and above me, 
Christ with me and in me, 
Christ around and about me, 
Christ on my left and my right, 
Christ when I rise in the morning, 
Christ when I lie down at night, 
Christ in each heart that thinks of me, 
Christ in each mouth that speaks of me, 
Christ in each eye that sees me, 
Christ in each ear that hears me. 


PRAYERS FOR PROTECTION 
(another version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate) 

I gird myself today with the might of heaven  
The rays of the sun, 
The beams of the moon, 
The glory of fire, 
The speed of wind, 
The depth of sea, 
The stability of earth 
The hardness of rock. 
I gird myself today with the power of God: 
God’s strength to comfort me, 
God’s might to uphold me, 
God’s wisdom to guide me, 
God’s eye to look before me, 
God’s ear to hear me, 
God’s word to speak for me, 
God’s hand to lead me, 
God’s way to lie before me, 
God’s shield to protect me, 
God’s angels to save me 
From the snares of the devil, 
From temptations to sin, 
From all who wish me ill, 
Both far and near, 
Alone and with others.


BLESSING FOR PROTECTION 

Through the power of the Trinity, 
Through faith in the threeness, 
Through trust in the oneness, 
Of the Maker of earth, 
And the Maker of heaven. 


BLESSING FOR GOOD HEALTH 
Translated by Caitlin Matthews 

I wish healing upon you, 
The healing of Mary with me, 
Mary, Michael and Brighid 
Be with me all three. 
Your pain and sickness  
Be in the earth’s depths, 
Be upon the grey stones, 
For they are enduring. 
Fly with the birds of the air, 
Fly with the wasps of the hill, 
Swim with the sea-going whale, 
For they are swiftest. 
Be upon the clouds of the sky, 
For they are the rainiest, 
Be upon the river’s current 
Cascading to the sea.  


BLESSING
Translated by Meyer 
 

Be not too conceited, nor too diffident, Be not too haughty, nor too humble, 
Be not too talkative, nor too silent, 
Be not too hard, nor too feeble. 
If you be too wise, one will expect too much of you; 
If you be too foolish, you will be deceived; 
If you be too conceited, you will be thought vexatious; 
If you be too talkative, you will not be heeded; 
If you be too silent, you will not be regarded; 
If you be too hard, you will be broken; 
If you be too feeble, you will be crushed. 


BLESSING 
Translated by Meyer 

I was a listener in woods, 
I was a gazer at stars, 
I was blind where secrets were concerned, 
I was silent in a wilderness, 
I was talkative among many, 
I was mild in the mead-hall, 
I was stern in battle, 
I was gentle towards allies, 
I was a physician to the sick…. 
I did not deride the old though I was young…. 
I would not speak about  
Anyone in his absence 


XENOPHANES (c. 570-475 BC) 

The gods did not reveal from the beginning, 
All things to us; but in the course of time, 
Through seeking we may learn, and know things better. 
But as for certain truth, no man has known it, 
Nor will he know it; neither of the gods, 
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak. 
And even if by chance he were to utter 
The final truth, he would himself not know it 
For all is but a woven web of guesses. 


THE SUMMER DAY
By Mary Oliver

Who made the world? 
Who made the swan, and the black bear? 
Who made the grasshopper? 
This grasshopper, I mean-- 
the one who has flung herself out of the grass, 
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, 
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-- 
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. 
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. 
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. 
I don't know exactly what a prayer is. 
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down 
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass, 
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, 
which is what I have been doing all day. 
Tell me, what else should I have done? 
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? 
Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
With your one wild and precious life? 


BEANNACHT (Blessings)
By John O’Donahue - Anam Chara (Soul Friend) 

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders 
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes 
freeze behind
the gray window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colors,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the curach* of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words 
of love around you,
an invisible cloak 
to mind your life. 

*curach (a small wooden frame row boat covered with canvas)

Matins by John O Donohue

 

Somewhere, out at the edges, the night 

Is turning and the waves of darkness 

Begin to brighten the shore of dawn. 

The heavy dark falls back to earth 

And the freed air goes wild with light, 

The heart fills with fresh, bright breath 

And thoughts stir to give birth to colour. 

I arise today 

In the name of Silence, 

Womb of the Word, 

In the name of Stillness

Home of Belonging, 

In the name of the Solitude 

Of the Soul and the Earth. 

I arise today 

Blessed by all things, 

Wings of breath, 

Delight of eyes, 

Wonder of whisper, 

Intimacy of touch, 

Eternity of soul, 

Urgency of thought, 

Miracle of health, 

Embrace of God. 

May I live this day 

Compassionate of heart, 

Clear in word, 

Gracious in awareness, 

Courageous in thought, 

Generous in love.

Preaching God implies silence.  If preaching is not born of silence, it is a waste of time.  Writing and teaching must be fed by silence or they are a waste of time. There are many declarations made only because we think other people are expecting us to make them.  The silence of God should teach us when to speak and when not to speak.  But we cannot bear the thought of that silence, lest it cost us the trust and respect of men. ”

— Thomas Merton, The Journals of Thomas Merton

I am Not I

I am not I. 
I am this one 
Walking beside me whom I do not see, 
Whom at times I manage to visit, 
And at other times I forget. 
The one who remains silent when I talk, 
The one who forgives, sweet, when I hate, 
The one who takes a walk when I am indoors, 
The one who will remain standing when I die. 

Juan Ramon Jimenez (translation by Robert Bly)

~ CELTIC MEDITATION MUSIC ~

Celtic Meditation Music

Áine Minogue

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"The internationally renowned Irish harpist shines on this collection of 11 meditative instrumental songs accompanied by cello, guitar and clarinet." DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"Celtic Meditation Music is a stellar instrumental collection of 11 songs beautifully performed by Minogue and a crew of gifted musicians: Eugene Friesen on cello, Tom Hill on clarinet, Joanie Madden on whistles. The music is soft and relaxing -- perfect for meditation or establishing a calm mood." LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER, LEXINGTON, KY

61 Minutes (All Instrumental)

A personal note from Áine: We hope you enjoy reading these ancient blessings as you listen to the music. Please note that much of the music you hear may actually have different lyrics. The music was chosen to create a sacred space; the poetry to help fill it.

May you find a measure of peace on the journey. Á.

ALBUM CREDITS Eugene Friesen: Cello Brad Hatfield: Strings and orchestration Tom Hill: Clarinet Joanie Madden: Whistles Bríd Meaney: Concertina Áine Minogue: Irish harp Sheldon Mirowitz: Guitar Randy Roos: Soundscapes

Recorded and mixed by Mark Wessel at AdelMark Studios, Lincoln, MA except "An Bhoutais" - recorded by Todd Windmill at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA Mastered by Robert Hadley at the Mastering Lab in Los Angeles, CA Back cover photo Jim Higgins (photo: © James Higgins) Pre Production: Brian P. Meyers & Áine Minogue Produced by Áine Minogue Graphic Design by Jennifer Miles All tracks Traditional, Arranged by Áine Minogue and published by Little Miller Music Company (BMI)

SINCERE THANKS to all the wonderful musicians who shared their time and talents on this album. I am especially indebted to Mark Wessel and Brian Meyers. Thanks also to Alaric Naiman for his generosity in allowing us to enjoy a magical space in the heart of Lincoln woods.

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  8. 8 Gentle Maiden 04:52
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  9. 9 Dawning Of The Day 04:54 Info
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MEDITATION REVIEWS

Based on ancient Celtic prayers, the compositions featured on this album were conceived under the premise "If prayers were music, what would they sound like?" The gentle, familiar tunes, rendered on Minogue's sparkling Irish harp and accompanied by other acoustic and electronic instruments, are drawn from the traditional Celtic repertoire and the liner notes pair each song with the text of a prayer, either pagan/nature-based or Christian. This pairing of unrelated prayers with existing melodies is an interesting approach, especially considering that the tracks here are all instrumental, with none of the prayer words actually being spoken or sung. Minogue's earlier albums feature a lot of vocals, both hers and others', sometimes even done hymn-style in rich choral harmonies. So I'm not sure why the texts of the prayers couldn't have been incorporated somehow into this music. But nonetheless, "Celtic Meditation Music" is, like all of Aine Minogue's work that I'm familiar with, deftly orchestrated, supremely relaxing, and full of quiet beauty. This is good music for massage, resting, deep breathing, or just unwinding at the end of a long day. Then guest instrumentalists are cellist Eugene Friesen, whistle player Joanie Madden, clarinetist Tom Hill, string orchestrator Brad Hatfield, concertina player Brid Meany, guitarist Sheldon Mirowitz and electronic soundscape artist Randy Roos. For more Celtic-inspired instrumentals conducive to meditation, try Minogue's other works...


MYSHELF.COM 
Reviewer: Suzie Housle 

"Music is the poetry of the air." 

Through the soft, mellow tunes that radiate from Celtic Meditation Music you can almost imagine yourself being transported to the lush Irish Sea. The smooth undertones that are contained in Áine Minogue’s voice command you to close your eyes and feel the magic as it takes shape. 

Celtic Meditation Music is a keepsake collection of eleven beautiful offerings which enrich the world each time they are played. It is as if this audio projects its own special ray of sunshine which brightens your day. Áine Minogue’s heart and soul go into each one of the words that make up this CD. You are able to hear each one beat steadfast. 

Listeners will gain a true appreciation for the land of Ireland. Áine Minogue is a skilled harp player. Her talented hands effortlessly glide over the legendary notes to produce a one of a kind experience which will leave all with a sense of true amazement. 

This audio is by far one of my favorite Celtic CDs. Whenever I play it, it allows me to gain a sense of peace and tranquility that often the world forgets to offer. For over an hour I am able to experience my own special Celtic dream as I put my life on hold to have a moment of pure joy. Very highly recommended. 

LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER

She's an internationally known Irish harpist who has recorded six CDs and contributed to numerous soundtracks. Minogue was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, where she began studying the Irish harp at 12. She now lives in the United States. 

Celtic Meditation Music is a stellar instrumental collection of 11 songs beautifully performed by Minogue and a crew of gifted musicians: Eugene Friesen on cello, Tom Hill on clarinet, Joanie Madden on whistles and Sheldon Mirowitz on guitar. 

The music is soft and relaxing -- perfect for meditation or establishing a calm mood. The dreamy Dark Island blends guitar, harp and whistles. Were You at the Rock begins with a dramatic cello, then eases in a gentle harp. Gentle Maiden is soft and soothing. 

The CD jacket offers spiritual reflections on each of the tunes. The music is free of clutter and sometimes stark, but well-executed and memorable. 

 

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your being, 
And you will hear at every moment what the Source is whispering to you, 
Just to you and for you, 
without any need for my words or anyone else’s. 
You are-we all are-the beloved of the Beloved, 
And in every moment, in every event of your life, 
The beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know. 
Who can ever explain the miracle?It simply is. 
Listen, and you will discover it every passing moment. 
Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation 
In thought and act between you and Him,directly, wordlessly, now and always.

Rumi~

 

 

CHRISTIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY

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CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

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