Monday, April 19

Tag: relaxation

Mindful Monday: Hollow bamboo

meditation, mindfulness
Still the body and relax. Shut the mouth and be silent. Calm and empty your mind, Like a hollow bamboo. --Tilopa What are you noticing about your ability to relax and be silent in the present moment? ... for Mindful Monday © May 25, 2015, post: Donna Pierce Photo Credit: "Bamboo Bokeh," Steve Webel, 2007.

Mindful Monday: The most relaxing song in the world?

mindfulness, Spirituality
I'm far from being mindful on this Monday. In fact, I'm a stressed-out, hypochondriacal mess... but hey: at least I know it. In an attempt to soothe my jangled nerves, I google-searched for "most relaxing music" and found the ten most relaxing songs in the world. The number one most relaxing song on the list is "Weightless" by Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper. Lyz Cooper is the founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy.  It's less music than noise, and I'm not convinced that scientists can legitimately extrapolate the results from 40 subjects to declare "Weightless" the worldwide winner, but it's pretty soothing in an abstract, Pink-Floyd kind of way. It is reported to have reduced subjects' overall anxiety by 65% and brought resting pulse rates to 35% of their usual resting rates. Give ...