Regional International Harp Therapy Conference

TBriggs : August 8, 2017 9:13 AM

ConferenceLast month, we mentioned Virtual Harp Summits (VHS) 1 and 2. In a few days, I have the honor to present to the International Harp Therapy Program’s regional conference in Cedar Falls, IA. While it is a bit daunting to present to my peer group, I know it will be a special time together.

At this conference, I will be sharing some of the key learnings from VHS 1 and 2 … all of this information will be very useful to the harp therapy community, I believe. The goal is to deepen our understanding of this very special instrument that we all love to play in a therapeutic manner.

Can’t wait to be present with my colleagues and friends!

Tags: International Harp Therapy Program, Virtual Harp Summit
Posted in International Harp Therapy Program, News, Virtual Harp Summit

Art (and Music) as Activism

TBriggs : July 25, 2017 9:54 AM

60 minutesWe are regular viewers of 60 Minutes, are you?! They always have interesting feature stories – one of which is usually about the arts or culture. One of our recent favorites was about a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei. In the segment, he said, “An artist is always an activist” and “If art is relevant, it is political.” We found these very thought-provoking and certainly made us think about how our “art” (actually music) is activism. I would say it’s about peace and harmony. How can our music contribute to world peace? And does our music make a political statement? Well, we try very hard not to get political, although that is challenging when we are NOT aligned with the current “leadership” and chanigans. Nevertheless, we certainly hope our music makes a peaceful statement.

Tags: 60 Minutes, Activism, Ai Weiwei, Harmony, world peace
Posted in 60 Minutes, Activism, Ai Weiwei, Harmony, News, World peace

Virtual Harp Summit 1 and 2

TBriggs : July 11, 2017 11:19 AM

Virtual Harp SummitIn late February, one of my fellow harp therapists called to order a BioMat. In our conversation, she asked, “Are you going to ‘attend’ the Virtual Harp Summit (VHS) 2?” I had to admit I didn’t even know what she was talking about!! She explained that this was the second one and it was going to be about harp techniques. (The first VHS was focused on creativity and expression.) In total, both VHSs were 35+ harpists from all around the world and it was a wonderful training “from the living room.” My friend who called was definitely “attending” the second one. During the week when the Summit is “live,” the sessions are free; after that, it is $97 to have access to the trainings in perpetuity.

I signed up and completed both VHS 1 and 2 – what a fabulous experience! All told, it was approximately 50 hours of lessons, trainings and house concerts. To get to hear all these masters from around the world perform was simply amazing!!

It inspired many ideas … stay tuned to watch for more information!

Tags: BioMat, creativity, Harp techniques, Virtual Harp Summit
Posted in BioMat, Creativity, Harp techniques, News, Virtual Harp Summit

Fear Defined…

TBriggs : June 27, 2017 8:04 AM

FearIn our last blog entry, we compared freedom and fear. We recently saw on Facebook this description of fear and thought it was worthy to include one more post about this topic. Fear is either Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise. The choice is yours!

What do you pick? It seems there’s a lot of movement at the grassroots level these days and this leads us to think that many people are selecting the latter. We vote YES!!

Tags: Facebook, Fear, Freedom, Grassroots
Posted in Facebook, Fear, Freedom, Grassroots, News

Freedom Quote

TBriggs : June 13, 2017 3:23 PM

FreedomWe have come across a plethora of quotes and love sharing them because they make us think and definitely inspire. This time, we want to share what Marilyn Ferguson said, “Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.”

Is this timely right now or what?!! Is U.S. politics based on fear or freedom? Does it make a difference who is the “leader” at the helm?

We are also aware that if you feel fear, music (especially the harp!!) can help you go to that scary place to feel it and release it, moving into freedom. Here’s to your freedom…!

Tags: Fear, Freedom, harp, inspire, music, Politics
Posted in Fear, Freedom, Harp, Inspiration, Music, News, Politics

Nourishment in these Challenging Times

TBriggs : May 31, 2017 10:23 AM

NourishmentHow are you doing and specifically, how is your nourishment going?! Do you feel like you are taking exquisite care of yourself and giving yourself all the nourishment you need? Danaan Parry from The Essene Book of Days reflects on these challenging times, “Outer darkness calls for nourishment within.”

Over the years, we have mentioned caring for yourself, but now, because of all the political craziness, it feels even more important than ever. What are your ideas of nourishment that work for you? We love to hear your thoughts…we learn from you (and we’re hoping you learn from us!!).

One thought that we love to share for nourishment is a product that we rep called the BioMat. It is an unusual triad of elements: 1) infrared heat, 2) amethyst crystals, and 3) negative ions. Available in several sizes (professional-size, mini, Pro BioMat Set with New Controllersingle, queen and king), it helps with pain relief, joint stiffness, opening up the body’s circulation, promoting relaxation and sleep, and releasing toxins. Specifically, the BioMat is effective for arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, neuropathy, cancer and autism, etc. If you would like more information about this unique product, feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-844-4BIOMAT (1-844-424-6628). We love to chat about it and share more about how nourishing it really is!

Tags: Amethyst crystals, Arthritis, autism, Back pain, BioMat, cancer, Fibromyalgia, Infrared heat, Joint stiffness, Negative ions, Neuropathy, Nourishment, Pain, relaxation, sleep
Posted in Amethyst crystals, Arthritis, Autism, Back pain, BioMat, Cancer Care, Fibromyalgia, Infrared heat, Joint stiffness, Negative ions, Neuropathy, News, Nourishment, Pain, Relaxation, Sleep

Silence vs. Music

TBriggs : May 16, 2017 8:59 AM

SilenceWhen do you listen to music? When do you prefer silence? Aldous Huxley said, “After silence, which is the most incomprehensible, comes music.” It seems we are not very comfortable with silence so we often play music to “fill the void” of silence.

It’s important to remember that music is vibration. So as you have music on to “break the silence,” is it a high vibration sound? (This helps raise your vibe and that’s important in these “wonky” challenging times.) And a reminder:  play music with intention and sometimes, silence is a gift!

Tags: intention, music, Vibration
Posted in Intention, Music, News, Vibrations

100 Days of Miracles

TBriggs : May 2, 2017 10:26 AM

100 Days of MiraclesWe recently completed a “course” called 100 Days of Miracles. It is actually a game with three mini decks of cards to draw daily–angels, butterflies, and peacocks. You may ask why these three symbols? The developer, Jean Berry, of the Business Miracle Academy, shares, “Angels are reflective of the inner work that we do to create a successful business, peacocks symbolize the outer work and butterflies are all about collaboration.”

So, for 100 days, it was a daily draw. We loved the messages and the action steps from each of the three cards. As we completed these items, it really moved our work/life forward…a lot!! And yes, we experienced miracles upon miracles, and we are grateful.

And now we recognize why only 100 days…why not keep going to manifest more dreams coming true?!

Tags: 100 days of miracles, Business Miracle Academy, dreams, Grateful, manifest, Miracle
Posted in 100 Days of Miracles, Business Miracle Academy, Dreams, Gratitude, Manifest, Miracles, News


TBriggs : April 18, 2017 9:57 AM

AdeleThe Grammy’s were awhile back (!), but on this blog, it is worth mentioning, or rather asking, did you see Adele on the Grammy’s? She opened the show with a powerful rendition of her famous song, “Hello.” I loved every minute and my Facebook stream was abuzz at how beautiful it was – both her singing and she looked stunning! (Isn’t it refreshing that she’s so “normal” and just sings her heart out?!!)

Then, later in the show, they introduced her to do the George Michael tribute. She started and then, all of the sudden, she stopped, swore and said, “I can’t mess this up for him.”

Oh my … I’ve seen this on American Idol but not on something that is as professional as the Grammy’s. I sat, transfixed on how she would handle herself. She looked mortified as she made her way through the second try … she sounded amazing! After she finished, she stood on the stage stunned and the audience was SO SUPPORTIVE. It was beautiful to watch … Adele is human; we are all human. Wow, what a moment!

And it reminded me what they told us in music school (college level). Musicians can be the most critical audience and they can also be the most forgiving. I witnessed this on February 12 at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Tags: American Idol, dele, Facebook, George Michael, Grammy Awards, Grammy’s, Musicians
Posted in Adele, American Idol, Facebook, George Michael, Grammy Awards, Grammy's, Musicans, News

The Red String

TBriggs : April 5, 2017 11:09 AM

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 … !

Tags: election, Meditation, peace, pedal harp
Posted in Election, Meditation, News, Peace, Pedal harp

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