A Time to Breathe
– 4 Apr. 2019 –
It is said that the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. But when did you last take time to reconnect with yourself on a deep and meaningful level? That was the question that led us to host a unique experiential event at our Bluebird gallery in London, combining a powerful sound healing meditation session with the feeling of sheer sensory joy, in the epic comfort of our Noble Souls sofas.
The evening commute was in full swing and the King’s Road was abuzz with the clamour of people; hurrying to the tube, rushing through the traffic, immersed in the noise of the crowd. But behind the doors of Bluebird, Chelsea’s iconic Art Deco landmark and home to our flagship gallery, lay a haven of calm and tranquillity in stark contrast to the city bustle outside. Around 40 guests arrived at our candlelit retreat, ready to switch off and reconnect with themselves for a while.
First described in ancient scriptures, healing with sound has a long, rich history. Pythagoras, the ‘father of music’, was the first person to prescribe music as medicine, and philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed music strongly influenced the soul and the emotions. If we think of sound as a vibration, and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we start to understand the profound effect sound can have when used as a natural therapy.
Our sound meditation session was led by dedicated yogi and broadcast journalist Dearbhla Gavin, who says of her two great loves, “The disciplines of yoga and journalism overlap. One produces and one requires empathy, cooperation and the ability to listen.” Channeling that ability to listen to yourself is perhaps the first prerequisite of meditation, and tapping into a deep awareness of the senses is central to Timothy Oulton’s Noble Souls collection, which uses authentically natural materials to reconnect us with our senses, and our true selves.
All was quiet. Eyes were closed. There was a collective “whuuush” as everyone sank into the loftiest of feather-filled cushions and truly let themselves go. Deep breaths were inhaled and exhaled. Limbs softened as they floated on the thousands of tiny air pockets trapped between the purest of down feathers. Skin was stroked by the softest linen, dyed using only natural plant stuffs and water. It was simple, humble, sensory joy.
Calming music and meditative chimes soothed the soul, while the healing sound of poetry penetrated the mind with the famous passage ‘A Time for Everything’. In today’s digitalized, globalized world, where our busy lives often leave little time for ourselves, today’s luxuries are not things, they are moments, moments of blissful reconnection. It is precisely those moments that Noble Souls seeks to create and cherish.
With eyes open and minds and bodies refreshed, the chatter among the group began once more. After a chilled glass of champagne, everyone readied themselves for the busy city streets, but this time feeling rested and revived. That blissful moment of reconnection would be lingering for quite some time.
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
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