Music and Emotions

music and emotionsMusic connects us to our emotions, and can be a way to process and release feelings to help with our healing journey. This is an example.

Before I entered the next patient’s room, two nurses came up and said, “This patient wants to die … he feels hopeless.” I started by playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is a song of hope. And then, as I played for him, I was very aware of using entrainment (playing slower and s-l-o-w-e-r) so he could rest, sleep (similar to how the CD “Calm as the Night” is created).

As I finished and was moving my harp out of the room, he gently rolled over and quietly said, “I now know I’m going to be just fine.”

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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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Daily Suggestions…

Calm & TrustI write two blogs (yes, one isn’t enough!!!). After I posted the below list on the other blog (www.WomenAsHealers.com), I had many e-mail responses saying how much they loved this list. So, I decided to post it here, too … enjoy!

  1. Pray.
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say “No!” to projects that don’t fit into your schedule.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Remember:  Less is often more.
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places (so true with traffic).
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  12. Be proactive.
  13. Do something for your inner child each day.
  14. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting.
  15. Get enough rest.
  16. Eat right.
  17. Get organized so everything has its place.
  18. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
  19. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  20. Every day, find time to be alone.
  21. Laugh.
  22. Laugh some more! (Love this!!)
  23. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  24. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  25. Talk less; listen more.
  26. Slow down.
  27. Every night before bed, think of five things you are grateful for and make sure one is something you’ve never mentioned before.

Great list, isn’t it? Which of the above is your favorite?

 

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