…exploring the expression of spirituality through music
Who: God (The Trinity). When: Anytime – before bed, walking to school, driving the car. Most Christians attend a form of Mass where they gather together to prayer. Where: Anywhere – home, school, work, Church and outside. How: Individually or as a group; singing, dancing, reflecting and speaking. Christians recite the Lords Prayer as a formal way to communicate to God.
document three facts about the different religions – Islam, Indigenous Australians, Buddhism. Cognitive Outcome have the opportunity to appreciate different religions expression of spirituality through music. Affective Outcome have the opportunity to reflect inwardly on how other faith groups show reverence through music and make connections with your own expressions of faith. Spiritual Outcome
Who: Allah and Muhammad the Prophet. When: 5 times a day- before dawn, at midday, middle of the afternoon, straight after sunset and just before midnight. Where: Anywhere- although most men try to make Friday midday prayer in the mosque. How: After going through a special ritual of washing their faces, hands, feet and head, they face the direction of Kiblah (towards Mecca) and prayer in a series of positions (standing, bowing and kneeling) repeating text from the Koran.
Who: Buddhists do not prayer to or worship deities. The purpose of prayer for Buddhists is to awaken inner capabilities of strength, compassion and wisdom within ones self. When: Whenever- Buddhists can pray whenever then want or need to, transforming anything into the Path of Awakening; it is however a practice which Buddhists participate in daily. Where: Anywhere- Buddhists can pray anywhere. How: Buddhist prayer is a form of devotional meditation. Individuals may gather together to meditate. Meditation can take many forms; one form is the practice of yoga.
Who: Spirit of the Dreaming- although each indigenous region’s beliefs differ, they all believe everything has and shares the same living soul from the ‘Dreaming’. When: Anytime- before a walk-a-bout, rights of passage and special events/celebrations. Where: Anywhere- Sacred sights, landmarks, camp fires and billabongs. How: Indigenous Australians can express their spirituality through ceremony (corroborees), rituals, totems, painting, story telling, community gatherings, dance, song, dreamings and designs.
Find a place where you are comfortable. A place where you can focus and reflect, away from distractions.
The music reminds me of… In response to one of the music pieces you heard today…..
The piece of music that moved me most was…….because…
I would choose……..as the style of music because… If I were going to put a prayer to music…
Regardless of who we pray to or worship, we share in our need to express and connect with our spirituality that forms the core of our beliefs. Music is one way that we can express our spirituality. It is important that we respect the way others express their spirituality. Learning about others’ expressions can even assist us in our own spiritual journey and the way we express ourselves and connect with God. The options are infinite.