Monday, March 31, 2014

The Practice--Launch Your Day with Affirmative Songs

Not everyone likes to meditate or has time to say affirmations.  For these folks, affirmative songs come to the rescue. Launch your day with these five songs.

Many of today's metaphysical teachers such as Esther Hicks (Abraham), Sonia Choquette and Sandra Anne Taylor tell us to start our days on a positive vibe.  These teachers have their various methods involving affirmations, or talking ourselves into a better mood by making general statements.  Sound healers invite us to use sound healing tools such as flutes, Tibetan and crystal bowls or toning with our voice.

However, most people I know will say that they don't have time to explore sound healing or practice meditation.  And it's like pulling teeth to get colleagues to say affirmations when they wake up each morning.  Fortunately, many musicians and music composers have written affirmative songs (uplifting melodies with affirmative statements) that anyone can find on YouTube.  Or we could learn the songs and sing them when we wake up, that is if we're not too sleepy.

I selected five songs representing different music genres from musical soundtrack songs to affirmative jazz.

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma!


Good Morning, Singing in the Rain 


Trish Hatley (Jazz Affirmations)


 

All You Need is Love, The Beatles


You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder






Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Practice--Healing with Virtuosos

While we normally make the connection between virtuoso musicians and classical music, we find virtuosos in a variety of musical genres.  We could explore the lives of virtuosos and delve into the character traits and intelligence of virtuosos, but I have a better idea.

Often when I feel depressed or in a deep funk, I head over to YouTube and watch a virtuoso performance. Usually, I watch a soloist performing a concerto with a symphony orchestra, but sometimes, I tune into folkloric or jazz virtuosos in which there are many to choose.  Ever watched a virtuoso Colombian or Venezuelan harpist perform?  As I watch these performances, often times holding my breath, I lose myself in the performance and by the time the video ends, I forgot my worries and fears.  I walk away feeling elated (and a bit envious of the talented performer that wowed an audience).

To get you started, I'm including five videos representing five different genres in which we witness a virtuoso performance.

Indian Classical (or traditional Indian music)


European Classical


Latin American Harp


Bluegrass/Celtic 



Brazilian