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Best Relaxation Music – 5 YouTube Tracks to Calm Your Mind, Body & Emotions, Reducing Stress

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Here you can find 5 tracks that can calm your mind & relax your body, and give you a sensual pleasure. I find them quite soothing – it’s nice to slow down sometimes. They have been carefully chosen (by lots of listening), so treat it as recommended, good stuff. This is quite an eclectic list.

Oh, music. An endless subject and a deep well in which everyone will probably find something for themselves.

Music can help you relax in many ways. Whether it’s the captivating, yet soft sound of an instrument, a calm rhythm, or just the fact that you can spend five minutes doing nothing else but listening.

Music affects your brain and your emotions. There will be articles here to explain that further. For now…

What are your favourite tracks to listen to after a tiring day? Here are mine:

1. This is honestly my favourite relaxation music – Stevin McNamara. I’ve already reviewed one of his albums, Shanti Guitar. Here is one of his songs:

2. Finesse & minimalism to perfection. Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel. This is a wonderfully delicate piece by the Estonian composer, who can captivate emotions with a single piano and a violin. Quite cinematic, a classic. I used to dance to it. It was a beautiful feeling.

3. This is so lyrical. And the video has captivated me ever since I saw it for the first time, a very long time ago. It’s Enigma – Return to Innocence.

4. Piano stuff. It’s like painting a picture with that instrument, so the title is rather adequate. Fabrizio Paterlini – Colori. Quite cinematic.

5. This may fill you with gratitude, as it does to me. Deva Premal & Miten – So much magnificence. Enjoy!

A word of caution: you can easily fall asleep while listening to one of these tracks, especially when you’re tired… But I guess it is a good thing. And it is very pleasant to fall asleep with music like that. You may have melodic dreams too…

Please share your favourite music that you relax to in the comments below, I will be more than happy to try it out. :) You can invite your friends who have been stressed and who may like this… Thank you for being you.

photo credit: emilybean via photopin cc

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Great album to relax to – ‘Shanti Guitar’ by Stevin McNamara

Relaxing guitar

Not often can you find something soothing and interesting at the same time. This is clearly the case with the album called Shanti Guitar by Stevin McNamara.

The heartfelt picking seems deeper than the usual relaxation sounds you can find online. Very acoustic and natural, it works as a really good background to your daily activities.

This is a piece of intuitive musicianship not to be missed. Repetitive patterns that make you want to listen more. Captivating and yet calming. This album is full of subtle surprises. Delicate percussion instruments make it even more pleasurable. Headphones recommended, although that kind of music would probably sound right in any setting.

My rating: 5 stars.

You can find out more about Stevin & his music here.

photo credit: foltzwerk via photopin cc

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Secret Sounds

‘Secret Sounds’ by Veet Vichara & Premanjali

This is something that has inspired me a lot recently.

Soothing music, clear vocals, spacious sounds, simplicity, raw beauty.

It can help during meditation, relaxing activities, or even cleaning the house in a mindful way :) Or… working. As background music.

I totally recommend it :)

Do you like it?

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5 Things You Can Learn From Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump was a classic. A great movie. A great book first, by Winston Groom. It’s been such a cultural icon that I don’t even know where to start. The truth is, this story continues to inspire me whenever it comes back to me. Such a motivator. Even when I have a difficult day or something unpleasant happens, just a picture or a melody of the Forrest Gump Suite always soothes me. It gives some hope and puts a smile on my face, even just a small one.

Here’s what you can gain from this story (either you read it or watch it):

1. No matter the beginning, the ending is what counts. Wherever you begin, whatever your baggage is, you can live a remarkable life. You never know, what’s gonna happen tomorrow, your life can change in a day…

2. Your IQ has nothing to do with your wisdom. These are two separate things. In a similar way that broad knowledge does not automatically make you wise. Only if you use it wisely. As Forrest said,

Stupid is as stupid does.

3. Life is a box… Oh yeah. I had to include that one. You probably know it well already, nevertheless it’s still working and simplistically philosophical. So, I am going to quote it here:

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

If we truly lived that way, instead of worrying too much and craving too much, we would be much happier. If we don’t know, what’s to worry about? You get what you get.

4. Sometimes true love is what remains after all your desires are gone… Sometimes it is closer than you think

5. Just a quote:

I’m not a smart man. But I know what love is.

6. If there’s anything stressful in your life, take this one simple advice:

Run, Forrest, Run!!!!

Running can lower your blood pressure. You will breathe more powerfully, bringing more oxygen to your tissues; it can prevent a heart attack. It can do many more good things for you. And take you out of your daily issues and stresses. Not enough benefits? Listen to this:

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Happy listening/reading/watching again and again… and again…
:)

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Overwhelmed in the city

Something surreal today.

What would happen if a giant panda unexpectedly sat in your neighbourhood, or if you could see  a giant rabbit through your window, sitting between buildings and just hanging out there? Would you be surprised?

Well, if you’ve ever wondered what such a situation might be like, have a look at these pictures. They have been made by a young Chinese photographer, Di Liu.

Here you go, just click here: Di Liu’s Animals in Cities Photographs

The pictures explore our relationship with nature, which is, let’s say, a bit tense nowadays ;)

The pictures seem surreal too. The animals craving to reclaim the habitat taken from them, turned into an urban jungle. How many meanings could you spot in these pictures? This is just one of them.

At the end of the day, it’s about the meaning that you notice yourself.

There’s something disturbing in these pictures. Something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Like this music video:

Have a nice week :)

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DREAM !!!

When was the last time when you had this gut feeling, that urge, that was driving you to do something that you wanted to do for a long time? Have you listened to it? There is a silent (well, sometimes loud!) voice in our mind that speaks to us and if only we dare to listen, we could do AWESOME THINGS and use our talents and potential and achieve extraordinary ambitions. If only we dare to listen – I repeat! Well… that’s not always the case. I know, we have work, commitments, distractions, other halves, stuff to do, or we’re simply tired and not bothering… But without doing what we actually dream of, we risk losing something very important in ourselves, that’s a part of who we are, really – not who we appear to be to the world through our roles (employee, mother, etc.), but who we really are inside and what we want to achieve. Therefore, it is CRUCIAL, really crucial to follow our dreams. Our internal path. Wherever they lead us to. It will always be somewhere special. Because, as someone said:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will find yourself among the stars.

And that’s the place to be, isn’t it? This path will always be interesting.

If you’re still not sure where to start, here are some options to get you on the right track:

Stay tuned, there will be more posts about your dreams here! One by one. :) To prepare you for your journey. Not everything at once ;) A daily dose of inspiration. If you want several daily doses of inspiration, join me on Twitter or Facebook – links on the right or below. Keep dreaming. That’s what everyone says. Let me show you one video.

This is from 10 years ago, back from when Jessie J was not famous, she was 15 years old. When asked what her goal was, she said: ‘a number one single’. Well, it must have sounded quite confident and unrealistic from a 15-year old girl at that time. But then… look at what she is now. She’s over-achieved her dream many times. Impossible? Don’t let anybody tell you what you dream of is impossible. How can they know?

If you still don’t know where to start, watch the animated movie “Up” from Pixar – such a sincere tale about life, that people of any ages could enjoy it. See the characters’ dream and… don’t wait too long. Life is too short for that. Just do what you’re meant to do. Start NOW. You don’t have to finish reading, or even watch the video. I mean it. Start NOW. Feel what you want to do. And make the first step in that direction. You will be happier.

Have fun while realising your dream!

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6 Proofs That The World Is Going To End – in songs! ;)

There’s been a lot of talk that our world is going to end someday. Is this really the case? According to the Mayans, cataclysmic or transformative events would have started happening in December 2012. Others say that if we don’t stop polluting the Earth, we soon will have no place to live in and our children will die of hunger, or the planet is going to be destroyed, together with us.  Some action is definitely needed to protect our habitat, or we are gonna vanish into thin air one day, which has been expressed in many songs throughout the years. Here they are:

1. ‘End of the World’ – Cold

2. ‘Last Day On Earth’ – Marilyn Manson. Pretty much self-explanatory.

3. ‘Till The World Ends’ – Britney Spears;) Yeah. She’d rather be dancing.

4. ‘Earth Song’ – Michael Jackson – this one shows us what would happen if we don’t care. Have you ever stopped to notice?

5. ‘Worlds collide’ – Apocalyptica – just listen and you’ll get the feeling.

6. ‘Endless night’ – Lion King Musical, Original Broadway Cast – the ‘Where has the starlight gone?’ phrase gains new meaning in the third millennium…

I hope you’ve gained some insight while listening to these apocalyptic songs… (well, not all of them! ;)). The Earth protection is still there, whether we look at it or not. Let’s not be too fearful, but rather do something about it, by being conscious of where our food comes from and not unnecessarily polluting the atmosphere (you don’t always need a car, you can walk :)). And so on… You can find many more inspiring songs on the Net and here, of course :) Keep checking my blog!

And above all, take this title with a pinch of salt… and a shot of tequila ;)

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Music to quickly relax to ;)

Here is something I’ve found to be good for relaxation. If you need to quiet your mind sometimes after a busy day, or have a bath with candles, or cook in a peaceful atmosphere for a change (without burning something in a rush – or yourself ;)) – this music can help you do all that. It is also quite good for falling asleep to, apparently.

The name of the guy is Benjy Wertheimer, who’s an Oregon native so fascinated in Indian music that he plays it, using original instruments, like tabla or congas. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, his sound is subtle and insightful. Would you like to have a quick listen?

If so, here is the album that was released last year. It’s called “One River”.

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Here are some songs from another of his albums, called “Voice of the Esraj”.

This is his website: http://www.shantalamusic.com/benjy

Relax, take it easy…

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5 Most Uplifting Weekend Songs EVER.

Hey!

It’s Friday :D Can anything be better than that? Well, of course it can. But for now it’s the only thing that matters. 8-) Friday evening, and the world is ours :)

I have made a collection of weekend tracks to be listened to.

So, here they are:

1. Friday I’m in love – The Cure. Naturally. I could not not include it here. A classic 90s weekend anthem.

2. Sunday Morning – Velvet Underground. Nice and chilled out vibe, feeling like a lazy Sunday morning in bed.

3. Saturday Night – Earth Wind & Fire 8-) Play dat funk, babe.

4. If you know Polish… Niedziela będzie dla nas – Niebiesko-Czarni. Oh, yeah. Our parents have danced to that. o_O

5. Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon – Queen! Yeah, that’s the culmination of the weekend. right?

Oh, right. What a nice perspective. Let’s spend the weekend the way we want. 8-)

The word of the weekend is: ENJOYMENT.

So, have fun. 8-)

Anna

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