Angel and Janet,
Hi. In Fallow Time, Rohr uses the example of making art to making love with the sacred. He adds, “It’s a naked encounter, authentic and risky…” A concert pianist “merges” with the piano as if the two becomes one to be able to produce the kind of music intended by the composer; only then this pianist would have gone to the level of truly making music as an art.
Other than choral music and accompaniment, I’ve also played recorded classical and folk music background as part of my daily prayer and meditation routine. At other times, I simply do without the sound of music. I just ponder and realize the presence of God. I remember the times during meditation when I’ve had these mystical experiences of feeling the closeness of one with God, enjoying moments of intimacy when time seemed to have stopped for a while. For me, this is truly a blessing.