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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.

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10 Simple Steps of How to be Mindful in a busy digital world of Internet and smartphones

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10 simple to do steps in order to stay mindful in the digital world. The endless flow of information, deadlines, distractions and things to do can easily make you rush all the time, but there are things you can do to help yourself feel better and be more relaxed, whatever you do.

The world of screens, pixels and deadlines can be debilitating to us sometimes, not to mention our eyes. There is a difference between working calmly on a task (not multitasking) and rushing in a queue of never-ending projects and things to do next. Next, next, next… If I only finish this… When I do that, then… I’ve got 15 minutes, I can’t talk right now… Stop. Stop and breathe. This might be the only mindful moment within your day. Learn to appreciate it.

Yes, modern pace of living requires a lot of attention, dedication and time. Yet there is only a limited number of hours in a day. Unless you want to work at night overtime, but then you need to sleep sometimes… It’s very easy to fall into a vortex of doing, without really being. But what if we stop for a moment and really get our attention back to the present? Only then can we fully live. There are simple steps to do that and here they are:

1. One of the most basic things to do when you work on your computer a lot is to take regular breaks. And by regular I mean – really regular, let’s say every 45 minutes. This is for your eyes to rest (you still want to be able to see the number of a bus when you’re 65, right?), but it’s also to rest your mind. In order to do this, you can set up an alarm clock, to make sure you really do this. It’s so easy to get caught on the Internet, because there are millions of things that are really, truly interesting.

2. Take time for yourself. Schedule time off. This is pretty self explanatory, but it’s also too easy to catch yourself surfing the net on your day off, without going anywhere. We’ve all been there. Off time means what it means – you switch the off button. Only from time to time. The world will still be alright when you turn it on again (let’s hope so).

3. When you receive a message, it’s tempting to reply immediately, hit the button and then it’s gone. Sometimes we might have cringe-worthy moments, or a little guilt lurking from a shadow: ‘did I really say that?’ Once it’s posted, it’s there and there’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes you can delete it, sometimes not. Even if you delete it, someone might have already seen it. Instead, take 2-3 deep breaths before replying, concentrating on the sound and feeling of your breathing. This will help you a lot in formulating a meaningful, mindful answer. Something you really want to say. Not just something on the spur of the moment.

4. When you have a long to-do list, instead of worrying about deadlines and the plan of your day, how about coming back to your feelings to assess whether what you are doing right now is important, useful, your priority? We know very well how to spend way too much time on something we didn’t really want to do. This link, that link… Even when all of them are interesting, it’s good to ask yourself: is this nourishing me? You will then be able to choose wisely, as (not to state the obvious) your time is limited.

5. I cannot stress how important it is to properly rest. Remembering to sleep enough number of hours and having some quiet time from time to time can do wonders. It really can.

6. Walks in nature. :) Oh yes. These are my favourite ones. It’s really good. The smell of fresh air, the look of the trees, the touch of the grass on your feet (you can walk barefoot in summer, yay!)… It all relaxes your body, leaving your mind in a pleasant state of calm. This is not the time to worry or plan things. This is just the time to walk. And looking at green relaxes your eyes, which is an additional bonus if you spend a long time in front of a computer.

7. Do nothing. Really. From time to time. No pressure, no plan, no ideas. Just be.

8. In order to not become completely digitalised, or a cyborg, I would advise you to find some non-digital hobby. So that you don’t stare at the screen in your free time. Something that involves other people (can be group games, hitchhiking, a local knitting group, gardening, or anything else that would make you feel good and be fun for you to do). Additionally, manual activities take the pressure off your mind and induce a more relaxed state, in which your subconscious may bring you ideas you were scratching your head over before, just like that – out of the blue. While you are making a bracelet, water your flowers or make a plane model, your brain is actively processing what happened earlier and preparing answers for you – just like you need them. Useful, huh?

9. Meet people. Instead of chatting on Facebook. I have nothing against Facebook, in fact, it can be a great way of connecting with people. I mean, instead of feeling lazy and chatting, make an effort sometimes to meet that person in real life and exchange your ideas live. You will feel the difference. Especially if you don’t see each other that often. You might see that person from a completely new perspective. Because, there is a limit to what we share online…

10. Last but not least… Have a pet :) My friend’s guinea pig always de-stresses her after a busy day at work. You cannot not smile when looking at a small cute creature who adores you and is waiting to be fed and cuddled. It’s so rewarding. And you can have a pretty good contact with an animal. It’s healing too. You can also tell it a secret and it won’t tell anyone… At least not in your language… ;) It’s really invigorating to have a little friend at home.

This list is obviously not exhaustive. If you come up with other ways of staying mindful in an increasingly fast, digitally-based life, let me know in the comments!

Breathe in, breathe out… Stay calm.

And have a nice morning/evening/day. :)

 

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

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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.

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EARTH(L)ING. How to tap into the Earth’s healing power

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Have you ever had that feeling that when you go out into nature, the troubles that were on your mind before are not that stressful anymore, or sometimes they completely vanish? Even sitting on grass in a park at lunchtime or after a hard day can replenish our energy, relax us or cheer us up. Do you know what exactly is happening?

I have recently encountered (both theoretically and practically) something that certain authors call ‘Earthing’ – the Earth’s natural power to energise your body. According to Clinton Ober, author of the book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!, walking barefoot on natural surfaces like grass, sand or plain dirt is a very natural thing, practiced by people for centuries and there are reasons why. The electric field of the Earth, with its subtly pulsating frequencies, has a significant impact on human body. Free electrons from the ground can make your body’s self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms work better. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power, he says, and they can neutralise free radicals in your body. The free radicals would otherwise cause oxidation reactions, taking electrons from healthy tissue, damaging cells and potentially causing inflammation. Therefore it might be advisable to just have a walk outside, or sit with your shoeless and sockless feet on the ground, and wait for the results.

According to C. Ober, going barefoot in nature for 40 minutes can bring the results like reduction or elimination of chronic pain, improved sleep, normalisation of the body’s biological rhythms, reduced muscle tension and headaches, acceleration of healing of injuries and many more. You can find the whole list in the Summer 2014 issue of Mind Body Spirit Magazine. The author claims to have recovered from years of chronic back pain in this way.

Simple solutions can bring remarkable results. Clinton Ober even says that walking barefoot on concrete can bring some results. But not on asphalt, glass or other surfaces created by humans.

If you’re still unsure whether to give it a try, there is a nice article by a biomedical professional, Dr Jon Briffa, called Earthing – important discovery or mumbo-jumbo?, giving some more references, research and his personal experience on the subject…

Practicing Earthing briefly for just two days has made me feel relaxed, connected to my body, and it made my mind a bit clearer. It has relieved my headache and made me feel rejuvenated. This may be because the pace of nature is much slower to the usually busy lives a lot of us live nowadays… More to come if I dedicate some time to do this on a regular basis (this is the plan)… Because when you do it,

you look, feel and sleep better. You have more energy and less pain. It’s Mother Earth’s gift to all of us.

(quote from Clinton Ober’s article entitled EARTHING: Tapping into Mother Earth’s Remarkable Healing Power, Mind Body Spirit Magazine, Summer 2014, page 18 -> you can read it on paper or on your iPhone/iPad using this app)

Take good care and enjoy your barefoot walk!

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If you had all the time (and money) in the world, what would you LIKE to do?

Tension is who you think you should be.

Relaxation is who you are.

- Chinese proverb.

I find this to be extremely right. How often are we trapped in the jobs that we don’t like, relationships we don’t enjoy anymore or in doing things that do not bring us any good anymore? Yet we still do these things. Then the tension happens. Whenever you’re struggling too much, it’s a sign something’s not working… Or you are working in the wrong field for example…

So, RELAX.

And imagine this:

If you had all the time (and money) in the world, what would you LIKE to do?

Maybe the answer lays there…

Here are some things that inspired me today:

  •  There are thousands of versions of the Cinderella story in the world. And the oldest one of them (that we know of) comes not from Brothers Grimm, but… from China! – my Wikipedia enlightenment of the day.

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(that’s not the Chinese picture, by the way)

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  • This quote:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

- Dr. Seuss

  • Some photos on Facebook & Twitter. I do share them sometimes on my page. Also quotes & other stuff…

Have a great weekend! I mean, really nice one, full of fun and some time just for you. JUST. FOR. YOU.

Enjoy :)

Let me know in the comments about your feelings :)

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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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