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Music for the Soul

The power of music
Music….music has a strange effect on the brain; it is able to conjure up images feelings thoughts and emotions like no other medium…..
Everyone has at some time in the lives felt that cold shiver up the spine where a collection of chords or single notes hits that internal register and spews forth an image laced with all the wonders of the senses.
Be honest there’s nothing quite like it.

I no betting man but I reckon there are many of us in the global community that has at some time drove to or from work in the dreaded rush hour traffic that plagues all towns and cities in the world. This horrendous, torturous daily labour is only punctuated by sound primarily coming from our car radios. But what a difference one single solitary collection of notes can make!!

Be it… guilty pleasures (we all have them) youthful anthems, riotous acts of audio rebellion or melancholic introspective sonnets. These waves of sound vibrating off our ear drums are rare gems of understanding and a window into a time where we were a completely different identity from what we have become.

I like to use these often rapturous moments to reflect on how I have changed. This is always strikingly obvious to me, as my immediate after thought when the goose bumps have subsided is ; wow how different I am from then ?This always ,no matter how many times it happens…comes as a surprise ? But why should it…

So many experiences have come and gone. So many microscopic subtle changes in the wind that has altered my course in life and led me to sometimes rough and terrible sea’s and sometimes calm and tranquil lagoon’s.

I use these moments of clarity (as I call them) to explore my often hidden sub conscious memory no matter how irrelevant or disturbing the images they are… this I have found to be a powerful learning tool for self-development and I have gained great insight into my choices (good or bad) in this journey called life..

So next time those chords pull on your heart strings use the time to really explore your feeling and emotions to that sound. Relive the moment in your mind’s eye. Honestly enquire your actions and how you behaved in that scenario….where you the best you can be based on now you live your life now? These are brutally open questions but this I believe is a golden opportunity really uncover your inner self and how you respond to the external world.
And if it’s one of those magical moments…you know the occasions I’m talking about ….falling in love, the birth of your child, a dream realised, or just a feeling of pure ecstatic happiness to be alive. Then let these feelings manifest and become reality in your world and spread the love.

Three master keys to combat stress
Have you ever felt the inextricable sense of dread hanging over you like a black cloud that just won’t budge? Or do you wake in the middle of the night anxious and distraught for reasons unknown. Finding any kind of mental headspace is increasing difficult in today’s modern global society. With so many distractions and demands that we place upon ourselves to conform to the modern world.
With anxiety disorders being the most common illness in America (not to mention the rest of the world), affecting 40 million adults, not including kids, it’s clear that many of our nervous systems are overwhelmed. Anxiety leads to increased muscle-skeletal tension, along with a host of uncomfortable emotions such as anger, paranoia, fear, insecurity and ultimately depression.
Stress also raises heart rates, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It can make us fat, particularly around the belly, and that increases the risk for metabolic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease
Sadly these negative emotions affect our ability to function in the modern world and have a detrimental effect on our family and work life relationships. There are numerous ways to combat Anxiety/stress but some of the most effect methods are not found in a bottle or from a prescription drug or by talking to a professional that tells you…“How you feel”
Some of the most effective methods for coping with stress are the most simplest and easiest to apply and are available to all!!
No.1 Turn off your device
This sounds so simple but there are so many distractions that keep people from venturing out into our natural habitat. There’s no doubt that modern technology has changed the way we think and the way we communicate with each other and has liberated people from old mind-set’s and been a power for good in the world. But this has come at a price and has a dark underbelly.
The desire to stay “connected” distracts our minds from our place in the world and disconnects us from nature. Constantly checking social media, E-mail, Shopping on-line, paying bills, work, playing games or just harmlessly browsing away……. All norms in today’s global society
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg found that those who constantly use a computer or their mobile phone can develop stress, sleeping disorders and depression. The team studied the habits of more than 4,100 Swedish men and women, aged between 20 and 24, over the course of a year to reach this conclusion.
So limit your time online and take the time to go outside and immerse yourself in the natural world. You may be surprised at the feelings and thoughts that come from deep inside of you.
No.2 Go outside into nature
Think back to when we were children? Not so long ago when we were encouraged to go outside and get some fresh air…..why? Because it’s good for you!!
Here’s why…
1. The sunlight kills microbes. That’s why it is important to put out in the sun carpets, blankets and eiderdowns that cannot be washed regularly. Exposure to the sun confers the skin a bright, healthy look and increased elasticity.
A moderately tanned skin is more resistant to infections and sun burning than an untanned one. Many skin diseases (dermatitis) can be Controlled and even cured through controlled exposure to the sun.
2.The sun rays are proven to strengthen the immune system. Due to the sun our mood and morals improve. Sunlight helps in cases of chronic or acute depression, by stimulating the synthesis of endorphins (good-feeling hormones). That’s why we get depressed in the cold and dark days of the winter.
3. The sun is good against insomnia. Daytime exposure to sunlight increases the melatonin production during the night. This hormone helps regulate the sleep.
4. Under the action of the sunlight, the skin synthesizes vitamin D, which makes possible calcium absorption in the intestine, helping the organism grow strong bones. This way the sun prevents Rachitic in both children and adults and osteoporosis in elders.
5. As vitamin D and some related compounds impede the development of some cancer cells, we can say the sun fights off this disease. Regular and controlled exposure to the sun has a preventive effect against cancer of colon, breast, leukaemia and lymphomas.
6. Exposure to the sun strengthens the cardiovascular system. Blood circulation improved, the pulse, arterial pressure, moderately high glycaemia and cholesterol levels can be normalized.
7. Sun rays improve liver functioning, being effective in treating jaundice.
8. They help the kidneys with a part of their job, as the sun waves favour the elimination of waste products through the skin, when we sweat.
9. The sun also helps losing weight by increasing the metabolic rate through the stimulation of the thyroid. It also eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
10. The sun rays also ease the healing of the swollen joints during peaks of inflammation in cases of arthritis.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.
Aristotle
No.3 Breathe
Now this is obvious right? Wrong!
One of the main keys to successful stress management is your breathing. Breathing is such a primary function for our survival that we constantly take its power for granted and overlook this amazing tool with which we can regulate and stimulate our own good health.
Your automatic nervous system is responsible for your breathing process, which is why you do not need to think about it – you will breathe anyway! By understanding the very direct relationship between your breath and your brain and nervous system, you have a useful tool that can help you achieve and maintain a more balanced, positive, stress-free inner and outer life. After all, if you are feeling calm and centered, then your ability to solve problems, think more creatively with outer world is enhanced.
So learn how to breathe! There are literally thousands of different methods but nearly all focus on concentrating the attention of the mind on the breath itself and how you perform the inhalation and exhalation from the body. Take time out of your daily routine to spend some time working on yourself…..this is so important. We all have our worries and problem’s yet how many of us don’t take time out to digest our issues and really pay attention to our mental state of mind and try to achieve clarity? Learn how to breathe and use the time to resolve internal struggles in your mind by thinking clearly and learning to let go…..No one else is going to do this for you. It’s down to you ultimately so…… BREATHE

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