The Power of Music

by Cynthia Bischoff on October 25, 2014

I grew up in a family of musicians. My father is a musician by hobby and played music constantly in the evenings when I was growing up. He often played the same song all evening until he perfected it. I am fortunate that my father is an excellent musician! I sincerely contribute my ability to “tune out” distractions, but also to drop into deep relaxation easily, as a result of always hearing music in my home.

Music is vibration. We are vibrational, and so is our environment. Often we have stressful days, and it is so helpful to wind down in the evening with music that can shift our moods and relax us.

What are some types of relaxing music? Here are few suggestions:

Harp: The peaceful sounds of the harp can lead you into deep states of relaxation by reducing your stress and tension;

Animal Sounds: Beautiful sounds of dolphins and whales have been recorded on CD’s and have been shown to quiet crying babies. These sounds are deep and low and evoke slow responses in our bodies;

Classical: Certain long, slow, and rhythmic pieces such as those in symphonies are very relaxing. Newer renditions of music by groups such as Enya are very spiritual and calming, moving the emotions;

Flowing Water and Nature Sounds: The rhythms found in nature, such as a flowing river sound or the soft repetition of waves create a relaxing effect;

YOUR Own Favorite Pieces: If you have positive associations with certain songs or artists, these can relax you and also uplift your spirit.

I learned to play guitar when I was 13 and grew up loving Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Elton John, to name a few, and I still get energized by their music! What are your favorite artists or songs?

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Just Listen

by Cynthia Bischoff on October 18, 2014

Communicating effectively whether at work or at home can improve your relationships and resolve all types of issues.

Being able to listen attentively through effective body language and eye contact is essential. It is likewise helpful to refer to the other person’s actions rather than to their sense of person. For example, if you use “I” statements rather than “you” statements, you are generally more effective. “I feel concerned. . .” is better than “You are doing that wrong.”

Here are some tips for more effective communication:

1. Listen carefully to what others say and refrain from thinking of your own response instead of listening.

2. Seek to resolve problems without being too emotional in your exchange.

3. Write down how you feel if you are emotionally charged and leave it aside for a few hours. Come back to it and re-evaluate your tone before sending any email or letter out.

4. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes in order to better understand the opposing viewpoint.

5. Be able to lighten up and even laugh at yourself in order to lessen tension.

6. Time your exchanges right. Don’t expect a person to listen when he/she is walking out the door.

7. Say you are sorry if you are: Being able to take responsibility for your errors will actually relieve your own stress.

8. Be kind not only to others, but also to yourself. Celebrate your communication successes!

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“Sweet Dreams”

October 11, 2014

Dreams present you with images and feelings. When you dream, you are often finding answers and solutions to the problems that exist in your waking life. Tapping into and understanding this source of wisdom can enhance your understanding of your life issues. A dream symbol is an image from the unconscious that is important for […]

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Organized Living

October 4, 2014

Are you frequently engaged in a quest for your car keys? Do you fight with your closet to find what to wear? Is stress your daily companion? An organized life will allow you to have less chaos, more time, and even better mental health! Why do we become disorganized? First, the creation of physical chaos […]

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