Peace Meditations

PeaceBesides launching United Nations of Harpists (previous post), I have been actively hosting and facilitating Peace Meditations for the past six months. These gatherings on Zoom began back in November 2020:

  • Election Day
  • Senate run-offs (January 5, 2021)
  • MLK Day on January 18, 2021 (when there were rumors of extensive violence across the country prior to Inauguration Day).

And now two times a month, a group that I’m part of who is studying the issue of race relations is meditating for diversity, equity and inclusion.

All of these meditative experiences are powerful! We meditate in silence and I play the harp intermittently to keep our vibration high and focused. We are meditating for the highest good for all in our country and the world. My vision is more harpists will be hosting and facilitating these peaceful gatherings around the world … what a positive way to contribute!

Peace to you …

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United Nations of Harpists

Images - United Nations 1I’m so excited to announce that over the past winter, I launched a new organization called United Nations of Harpists. It is harpists from all over the world who are playing the harp for peace, unity, love and harmony. Currently, we have 30 harpists from 9 countries.

If you are a harpist and this mission “speaks to you,” please consider joining us! Click here for more information. We meet once a month – our next meeting is April 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. CST. (There are two options because of the numerous countries/time zones – you only need to attend one session.)

Peace to you …

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A Beautiful Gift!

United Nations Charm1When United Nations of Harpists launched in February 2021, we were a Zoom gathering of 28 harpists from eight countries + one of my dear friends who is not a harpist, but asked, “Can non-harpists also be a part of this group?” Of course, I said yes!

After our first meeting, this friend called me and said, “When I was 10 years old, I attended the World’s Fair in New York City. On that trip, we toured the United Nations … my family bought me a charm for my bracelet that I’ve kept for 50+ years! And now, because of your new organization, I’m gifting you with this charm.” (see photo)

I am so touched … what a beautiful gift and so very meaningful! Thank you to my special, dear friend!!

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Harp Music & Pets!

Harp & PetsA few days after the George Floyd murder, I was practicing my harp when my phone rang. It was my dear friends in Kansas City checking in to see how I was doing through all the turmoil. I told them I was playing my harp, and as long as I was doing that, I felt OK.

I asked her if she’d like a harp song. I sat my phone down, played and after finishing the song, she said, “My dog was so agitated and as he listened on speaker to the harp, he curled up beside me and is now completely chilled out … we both calmed down!! Thank you.”

Do you have pets? Try some harp music!!

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Musical Reflections wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy ThanksgivingThe U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving is coming soon! It is one of our favorite holidays. How about you? It is less stressful (and frankly, less work) than Christmas/New Years. And more importantly, it is a time of gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation. We love to reflect what we are most grateful for from the previous year:

  • Our customers – that’s YOU!
  • CoVid gave us the opportunity to discern about what’s the “next generation” of our work/business. Stay tuned for exciting new launches coming soon!
  • We also love our “sister businesses” – the BioMat and Young Living essential oils. We love these products personally and enjoy sharing the benefits with those we serve. It’s a win-win!
  • We have loved working with our therapeutic harp lesson students. These students already know how to play the harp, but want to learn more about playing at the hospital and hospice bedside. What a joy and honor to work with them!
  • Every time someone signs up for our new on-line course called “Sounds of Healing for Wellness Professionals,” it brings us joy! We love sharing our content in this unique, cutting-edge format.

Since Musical Reflections’ inception on May 21, 1999, we have been passionate about offering various products and services to contribute to your healing journey. What an honor! We are so grateful … Happy Thanksgiving!

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More Thoughts on Zoom…

Zoom LogoIn the last blog post, I discussed using Zoom for presentations/performances. And frankly, my somewhat negative experiences using it for those purposes.

On a more positive note, where I have seen Zoom work very well:

  • My therapeutic harp lessons – I have been working with students who already play the harp, but are interested in learning more about playing at the hospital and hospice bedside.
  • Virtual harp therapy – I wrote about this in an earlier blog. I am excited to offer this as a virtual healing modality and the opportunities are endless … around the globe!

So, CoVid-19 has blessed us with many changes and using technology, specifically Zoom, in some beautiful, unique ways. I am grateful to be here at this amazing time in our human evolution! If you are interested in additional information for either of these, I look forward to connecting.

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Harp on Zoom!

Zoom LogoEveryone’s on Zoom … I am, too! And here’s “my take” on it. After doing numerous live events over the past 21+ years, I wasn’t sure how I would like performing on Zoom.

I did two harp group events during the initial lock-down of CoVid-19. While the actual virtual events went OK, the hardest part was ending in a quiet house (my living room) without any audience feedback. So, the quiet after presentations/events has been a big adjustment!

That said, I’ve recently invested in upgrading my system and am excited about offering many different types of Zoom sessions! Interested? Let’s connect! I look forward to working together …

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Virtual Harp Therapy

Music NoteIn the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) Facebook group, we have been discussing if harp therapy is effective virtually. I had a personal experience to say “YES, it is!”

I have been teaching therapeutic harp lessons for harpists who want to improve their musicality and learn more about playing the harp at the hospital and hospice bedside. One of my students is from the Netherlands and in one of her lessons, she played a Schubert lullaby for me. As she played, I became aware of a painful area in my lower back and I “sent” the harp vibrations to the sore spot. I could literally feel it dissolve.

It was an incredible first-hand experience of how virtual harp therapy (on Zoom) is powerful and healing…almost as good as in person! I believe this opens up many opportunities and possibilities for therapeutically trained musicians. If you would like to explore virtual harp therapy sessions, please reach out and let’s connect!

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Blessings of CoVid-19

BlessingI was recently on a Zoom call and someone asked the question, “What are the blessings you’ve received from the coronavirus?” Honestly, the question took me aback, because there’s been so much focus on the negative. Even though I don’t feel like I’ve personally lived in the negativity, I wasn’t prepared to list my blessings. After taking some time to reflect, here’s a few things I’m grateful for:

  • Playing my pedal harp to “send out” peace and calm energetically every day.
  • A deeper connection/relationship with my friends and support system.
  • Easing up on Mother Earth (reduced pollution, cleaner waters, less frenetic busy-ness, etc.)
  • Daily walks in nature and breathing in fresh air. (I’m also so glad the pandemic “hit” in mid-March vs. mid-January in Minnesota!)
  • Connecting daily with people I had lost touch with or hadn’t connected with for a long time.
  • Meditating daily to help fill “the field” with love and peace.
  • Cleaning. Cleaning. Cleaning. My house feels lighter and more organized, and I love this feeling!
  • Working with my harp therapy students. As we have connected each week, we spend the first few minutes of each lesson processing our CoVid experiences, as well as mutually supporting each other.
  • Working on a couple exciting, new creative projects!
  • Time to enhance and deepen my self-care practice.

I could go on … I’m amazed at how long the list already is! What’s on your list of CoVid blessings? As we “hold space” for the struggles and pain of CoVid, we can also be grateful. I invite you to reflect on your CoVid blessings (if you haven’t already done so)…

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Teaching Harp Therapy Lessons

Musical NotationI posted about harp therapy lessons a couple months ago. After playing at the hospital and hospice bedside for the past 24 years, I feel called to share what I have learned and experienced via these therapeutic harp lessons. It is my passion to teach harpists who want to learn more about playing the harp in the healthcare setting. These lessons can be preparatory to study in a certified harp therapy program or as a “stand alone” to begin offering harp therapy services.

I’m happy to share my first three students have completed the eight-week course. They were a joy to teach and each of them will do great work with the harp at the hospital and hospice bedside. I use the Zoom videoconferencing platform so I can work with anyone, anywhere in the world! In fact, my students were located in Minneapolis, Michigan and the Netherlands. If you are interested in learning more, let’s connect!

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