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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.

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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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