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Therapeutic Music in the Healthcare Setting

healthcare environmentTherapeutic music in the healthcare setting can be helpful for both the patient and healthcare provider, as this example shows.

As I entered the patient’s room, her doctor was leaving. I asked the physician if she’d like to come in/observe while I provided harp therapy. She said “Yes!” As soon as I started playing, the doctor visibly relaxed and sunk deep into her chair.

The patient cupped her face during much of the time that I was playing the harp for her. At the end, I explained the term anchoring to her. This is holding the feeling of peace with the bodily memory (ie. cupping her face). For example, if she wants to feel the same peace that she felt after the musical experience, she can cup her face in the same way as when the music was playing and take a couple of breaths. She will bring back the peaceful feeling because her body is anchored to it.

As I was leaving, she said, “I will give that a try!”

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Musical Reflections wishes you Happy Holidays!

Happy HolidaysOnce all the holiday preparations are complete, it is time to move into the quiet sacredness of this special season. We look forward to this peace every year.

From Musical Reflections, we wish you a beautiful holiday filled with joy and love … and peace, too.

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“The Gift of Christmas Peace” Video

Christmas PeaceWe have a tradition of sharing “The Gift of Christmas Peace” video right after Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy watching it and please feel free to share it with your family/friends. We really wish to give a peaceful interlude to as many people as possible, via a beautiful song (Pachelbel’s Canon/The First Noel), winter scenes and a lovely written message.

May you experience Christmas peace as you move through the busy month of December.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Musical Reflections

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. A time of being in gratitude, we are aware that we have much to be so thankful for:

  • Our many presentations with the opportunity to share harp music and our message of hope and healing.
  • Our wonderful customers who purchase CDs and books to support their journey.
  • Our “other” business called the BioMat. We have met so many great customers to help with their healing journeys. (And we also love the product personally!!)
  • Our flexible schedule to care for aging parents.

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving overflowing with blessings of grace, peace and love.

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Holiday Prep Time = NOW!

Holiday prepYes, it is already time to begin prepping for the holidays! (They come around faster every year, don’t they?!) Do you need shopping assistance or gift ideas? Musical Reflections is available to help with several unique products – harp CDs, downloads, books, and musical devices (Amazing Mini Music Machine, Angelic Vibrations MP3 player). We’re all about bringing you (and those on your holiday gift list) relaxation, calm, stress reduction and peace. Let us know if we can be of service to you.

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When Violence Strikes – Got Music? (Part II)

Stop Violence - 2As soon as I posted the last blog about music and violence, I realized I had more to say about this important topic/issue.

Whenever violence “hits” us, we are left wondering why this continues to happen in our beloved country. Is it violent TV, movies and video games? Is it gun laws (or lack thereof)? Is it deep unrest in the depths of our souls? Is it a mental health issue? Is it geo-political? Is it stress-related? Or something else???

And as a harpist, I can’t help but ask, “How can my music help? How can I be a part of the solution? How can I assist and/or facilitate the healing process through music?” When the harp is played with a peaceful intention, it is music to soothe the soul, comfort our contemplative core, calm our jaggled nerves, and move us into deep rest.

After each violent episode, I reflect, “What is my intention with my music?” My answer – to bring peace. To nurture your heart. To relax you. To relieve stress. To facilitate healing. I am honored to help you with your journey. To receive the gifts I offer, click to watch videos, order CDs and/or music devices, and purchase downloads. Many continued blessings to you …

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Well-Being and the Harp – Part II

Well BeingOur emotions are the next area of well-being that we want to “discuss” as it relates to the harp.

We are emotional beings, not logical. And throughout the International Harp Therapy Program (and beyond!), we are challenged to do our own emotional/inner work. The point is if we are peaceful, we play from this peaceful place.

As we learn the harp (or any musical instrument) and learn new pieces of music, we recognize music is rigorous. What we mean by this is it’s an examination, looking at many “deep places” within ourselves:

  • I’m not good enough
  • I can’t learn this
  • I’ll never be able to do/play that, etc.

Besides, we tend to be:

  • Super sensitive – with a tendency to take everything personally
  • Empathetic – understanding or feeling what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference. This means we pick up the vibes from those who are around us.

While both of these make us good at what we do, we have to be mindful, using them to our advantage, not as a detriment.

Another emotional aspect is fear and anxiety. Fear, when it is a negative emotion, can stop us from being creative and it can definitely contribute to performance anxiety. It is helpful to play/perform from our heart and not the nerves.

This blog post gives you ideas of boosting your emotional well-being as a harpist. If you wish to discuss this topic further, contact us. Next up, mental well-being …

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The Red String

Red StringBefore each U.S. election, I hold a Peace Meditation in my home for several friends. It is always a special time when we hold a powerful intention for the highest good and best possible outcome for our country. This year was especially important because the election “season” was so contentious.

In preparation, I had to replace a couple strings on my pedal harp before the gathering. One was a very long red string (lower octave).

A couple days after the meditation, I noticed the RED string was broken … again. This never happens and when I told one of the friends who was present at the meditation, she said, “Well, doesn’t that symbolize what just happened in the election?!!”

You draw your own conclusions … !

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Peace, Love, Joy Meditation

Peace Love JoyI was recently on a webinar and the speaker talked about sitting for 11 minutes each day in peace, love and joy. Doesn’t this sound like an awesome thing to do?!

This puts us in the energy of these lovely feelings … it doesn’t get any better than peace, love and joy, right?! And, it raises our vibration individually and collectively. I really can’t think of a more important time to do this very simple exercise for only 11 minutes per day.

If you would like to do this Peace, Love, Joy Meditation using a harp solo, non-familiar song, I suggest the “Sincerity” download from the Calm as the Night CD. It is 11 minutes and is only 99¢ to help facilitate a deep connection to peace, love and joy.

Join me in this easy and make-a-difference meditation!

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Happy Holidays from Musical Reflections

Happy HolidaysOn this solstice, the day of the year with the least amount of light (in the northern Hemisphere), we are reminded to “hold our light” for the world. And it’s also a time to reflect on our many blessings, as well as what we want to create/manifest in the days ahead of gaining more and more light (literally and figuratively!).

From Musical Reflections, we wish you a beautiful holiday season filled with love, peace and joy.

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