Welcome to the DW Healing Arts Be Well series of wellness tips for January 2016. Each day I will highlight a card from my Balance Resource Cards decks. The wellness resources will help you bring balance to your body, mind and spirit if used on a regular basis.
Take a moment right now, and practice today's wellness tip as you read this. Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Give yourself permission to balance your life.
May you Be Well! Love, Deanna
If you are new to meditation, you may find it helpful to have quiet relaxing music playing in the background. Instrumental music such as classical or new age music are often better options that music with words, that distract the mind.
Change the tempo of music to alter your mood, improve concentration or increase your creativity. Fast tempos greater than 100 beats per minute tends to increase your productivity, energy level and alertness. Slower tempos in the 50 to 60 beats per minute range induce a state of relaxation and concentration, so are helpful to use when memorizing, studying or focusing on a task.
Pay attention to how you feel when you listen to music. There is a wide assortment of CDs available with nature sounds, guided imagery or binaural beats to encourage deeper relaxation. Binaural beats refers to the illusion that happens in our brain when we hear one tempo or tone in one ear, while a different tempo or tone plays in the other ear via stereo headphones. Sometimes these sounds synchronize and other times they are dissonant. This causes an expanded state of awareness as the brain attempts to make sense of the differences. Some of my favorite websites such as www.Hemi-Sync.com or www.sequoiarecords.com carry a wide variety of music selections.
What types of music do you listen to? Which types of music are relaxing and which types are energizing?