Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Monday, July 29, 2013
If we take a peek back in time we know that healing mantras, chants, incantations, music and sounds are as old as the human race. We know from archeologist records that in Baghdad healers used flutes and harps as medicine. The ancient Egyptians also used incantations to cure pain. What is really neat-o is that the Egyptian hieroglyph for joy, well-being and music are the same. In ancient Greece, Apollo was both the god of music and medicine. One of the greatest stories about healing music is in the Bible where David plays his harp to ease King Saul’s depression.
If we travel forward in time several thousand years we “modern” humans also have learned that music can be healing. Here in the U.S. we stared using “music therapy” after World War I and World War II. Recovering soldiers returning to the United States were placed in Veterans Hospitals. These Veterans suffered extreme physical pain and emotional trauma but when the local musicians showed up and started performing the Veterans reported less pain.
Ok! Music can be healing so what does one listen to? I know it is hard to believe but healing music and the head bangers ball is a wee bit different. For healing music to be healing the intent of the music must be healing. Hymns, chants, mantras, classical music, new age music and brain wave music fit into this category but don’t throw out AC/DC just yet. Music from our youth can be very comforting and healing because it takes us back in time and can bring us joy. I am 48 years old and still know all the words to Back in Black and Highway to Hell. Singing these songs to the top of my lungs brings me joy and joy heals.
As an Activity Consultant I offer Activity Professionals an awesome and cool class, Good Vibrations for Well-Being. This class covers healing music in a fun, festive and holistic way and is a great resource for Activity Professionals. As a Coach I use music to help my clients relax and let go of all those Lizard thoughts and fears.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and so why not have some fun and feel the love? Ok, so here is what you will need: At least two bags of Dove chocolates (that’s one bag for you and one bag to share) and Valentine day cards. Now, if you are crafty and have the time then you can make your own OR you can purchase a box. I like the ones that are made for children because they remind me of my own childhood. Ok, you have candy and cards so now it is time to make a list of those you would like to share with. You can include neighbors, work mates, loved ones, church members….whoever you want.
Select a Valentine and write something personal and special on the card but do not sign the card. Put the card and the candy in the envelope and write the receiver's name on the envelope. Deliver the card in a fun and playful way. I like to leave them on desk, slide them under doors, hang them from door knobs and attach them to wind shield wipers. Be festive and creative!
People that you know and love will receive a playful Valentine card from you BUT they won’t know who gave it to them. Sometimes it is nice to do something without receiving credit. It is a wee taste of freedom. Just an act of kindness thrown out into the world. That’s healing play!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
You know, Play Dates aren't just for the kiddies. I am in my 40's and I have play dates with my playmates. If you missed it we are in 2013....a new year and the biggest new year resolution is to get into shape. For those of you who know me I despise exercise. BUT I do like playful outings. So I double dog dare you (yes, double dog) to call up a playmate and set a play date for the PARK. Yep, parks are wonderful places to spend a play date. You can walk around the park, swing on swings, climb the jungle gym and push each other on the merry go round. The bottom line is that you will have way more fun than a gym, get lots of exercise AND really connect with a friend. If you think I am crazy and find this embarrassing then invite little people to tag along. Of course, they will think it is all about them. So What?