Music in the Dentist’s Chair

DentistI get stressed out going to the dentist! Do you?!

I was recently getting my teeth cleaned and I noticed the music that was playing. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. (I guess that’s what harpists notice when we’re out and about!)

I commented to my dental hygienist about this and she said each hygienist makes their own choices. I asked her if she would be open to something more relaxing – to help her and all her patients relax during the stress of these visits. She said. “Yes, as long as it’s on Pandora!”

I told her she was in luck! Several of my harp CDs are on Pandora. Click here for more information.

Next time I go to the dentist, I’ll be very curious to hear what music she is playing! I hope in the months that have passed, she has graced her patients with healing harp music to help keep them calm during these sometimes stressful visits.

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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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Tapping!!

Tapping“Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” ~Maya Angelou

I recently came across this powerful quote and it reminded me of something I’ve recently been exploring … tapping! (not toe tapping, but tapping on seven points on the head and upper body area).

The whole point of tapping is to “rid” our body/mind/spirit of any negative messages, just as the Angelou quote says. I have found tapping to be a profound healing experience! If you would like more information, here’s two resources:  Nick Ortner of the Tapping Solution and Margaret Lynch.

In a nutshell, tapping helps move us out of our Reptilian brain and into our executive brain (pre-frontal cortex). It also helps us relax and feel calm to make even better decisions. Doesn’t all of that sound awesome?!! Can you see why I’m enjoying this new experience of learning to tap?!!

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Pandora

PandoraDo you have a Pandora account? Have you created your own playlist? If so, do you need a bit of harp music to idol down, relax and reflect? I bet I know where you can get some of that!!  :-)

If you need to list to samples before selecting your songs on Pandora, click here ad review all of our CDs. Enjoy!

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Happy 15th Anniversary!

Tomorrow is Musical Reflections’ 15th Anniversary … WOW!  I am grateful for all the people who’ve supported me on this journey … I feel very blessed.

I remember the day I started the company like it was yesterday … it’s amazing how quickly the time has gone! What do the next 15 years have in store?  I’m fairly certain it will be connected with continuing to help the world relax … a much-needed “commodity” in our world today! Stay tuned…

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Integrating Harp Therapy in Health Care Systems

While my harp therapy teacher’s mission is to have a “harp player in every hospital and hospice by 2020,” my vision includes: 

  • Licensing harp CDs to health care systems for their closed-circuit TVs. This is a simple, cost-effective method to help hospital and hospice patients relax, feel peace and calm, and sleep. E-mail me if you want more information.
  • In-service education of health care staff. Topics range from “Music and Healing” to “Music for Hospice” to “Self-Care for Health Care Providers.” Click here for more details about my presentations.
  • CDs in hospital gift shops. Contact me for wholesale prices of my books and CDs.
  • Playing at the bedside. For hospitals and hospices in the Twin Cities, I am available for these special bedside vigils. Contact me for pricing and availability. To find a therapeutic harpist in your geographical area, click here.

I’ve been doing this work full-time for the past 13 years and in that time, I’ve seen remarkable shifts in health care systems incorporating the ancient healing modality of harp therapy into the current evidence-based medical model. And we’ve only just begun … we are definitely living in exciting times!  This is my deep passion and I so appreciate your continued support to help make this a reality for those we are serving.

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