I’ve been listening to the Beatles a lot lately. In fact, even though their music has been a back drop to my life since I was a kid, I still can’t get enough of them.
What astounds me about the Beatles is their timelessness. They were my parent’s music, yet my kids love them as much as I do. On one level their music offers these brilliant surface messages. On this layer they act as an accompaniment to our daily rituals, our love lives, our hopes and aspirations, but then when we listen more, we are touched by something even deeper that speaks to our core….to who we really are as humans.
Few musicians, actually few artists in history, have done this as well as these four “boys” from Liverpool.
Along with my Beatles listening, I’ve been reading a lot about Buddhism. The Buddhists have the Four Noble Truths which speak to the basic core of the human condition….as far as I can tell, Buddha had it right…but dare I say? So did the Beatles.
In honor of two very different, yet impressively similar wisdoms, I’ve put together a collection of core “Noble Truths” pulled from Beatles songs–words that echo in my heart every time I hear them…
The Five Noble Truths (according to the Beatles)
All you need is love
Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
Nothing is real…and nothing to get hung about
Love is all and love is everyone
Let it be
Ahh…such simple words, but oh so powerful as well.
Tell me, what did I miss here? What Beatles lyrics ring true for you?
Goo goo g’joob to You,