Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.
By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA
A regular meditation practice has been shown to calm the body and mind, increase mental clarity and focus, increase vitality, assist in becoming more attuned to your own inner wisdom, and allow you to tap into universal energy – all very desirable outcomes!
And as if all that isn’t enough, studies have also shown that regular meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve the body’s response to stress, and even improve sleep patterns. Yet misinformation and misconceptions abound preventing many people from pursuing the practice in earnest.
To “clear things up” – both intellectually and spiritually, here are 5 myths of meditation, along with practical tips and advice for getting into a regular meditation habit. Read more
Music to Relax and Soothe Your Soul
Had a rough day? Take some time to care for yourself. Make a cup of tea or pour a glass of your favorite wine, turn down the lights, light a candle, get cozy in your favorite chair and let this beautiful music envelop you with peace and tranquility. Let yourself drift to your favorite place.
Listen to "Water Into Light" from Spa Dreams.
Spa Dreams is the third release in the best-selling Healing Spa series. Dean Evenson is a sound-healing pioneer who creates music specifically designed for healing arts practitioners. Healthcare professionals have used his music for over twenty-eight years. With renowned harpist d'Rachael, Evenson creates a sensuous soundscape of flute, harp, and keyboards designed to give the listener the ultimate audio massage. Perfect for use in the spa or at home, this disc can even help create a peaceful sleep.
Enjoy an excerpt from Sound Healing
Sound Healing is an excellent accompaniment to meditation, with its blend of flute, harp, guitar, and natural sounds such as crashing waves and birdcalls. Whether you use them as part of a healing program or just to relax, the gentle melodies and cinematic soundscapes of Sound Healing are an evocative treat.
Fairy Heart Magic
Acclaimed composer Gary Stadler (Fairy of the Woods, Fairy NightSongs) takes you further into the world of ancient Celtic lore, featuring extraordinary " Enya-esque" vocalist Stephannie and Celtic Harpist Lisa Lynne. Together they take you on a soul-healing journey into a place where innocence and wisdom are one. Listen, and your heart will be renewed with a mystical beauty.
Listen to a sample
from Fairy Heart Magic
Deva Premal - Dakshina
Mantras are rapidly becoming the music of choice for people seeking solace in sound, and Deva Premal, dubbed by one reviewer as "the Enya of mantra," is the voice they're turning to. With Mantras for Precarious Times debuting on the Billboard New Age cart, close to one million CDs sold worldwide and a buzz of interest from ardent fans ranging from yogis, new age therapists and alternative health practitioners to Cher and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Deva Premal and her partner Miten have achieved a huge degree of recognition in the blossoming niche world of yoga music.
Listen to a sample from
Deva Premal Dakshina
Eastern musical flavors soothe the soul and create a sacred ambience for energy healing to occur. Tamboura, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, and Chinese zither blend with Dean Evenson s signature keyboard orchestrations. Deep alto flute, harp, soft bass rhythms, and viola enhance the healing mood and resonate with recurring tones of OM. Includes Earth Resonance Frequency for deeper relaxation. Introducing 12-year-old Henry Han playing the guzheng.
Guruganesha Band - A Thousand Suns
Long awaited debut album of the GuruGanesha Band! Every once in a while an album comes along that elevates the world devotional music genre to new heights, propelling sacred mantras beyond the yoga studio and onto the international stage. A Thousand Suns, with newcomer Paloma Devi, is just such an album.
Get Your ZZzzz's
At Least 7 Hours of Sleep! A brand new study shows that people who don’t get enough sleep are not as sharp the next day (duh!) and most alarmingly, they don’t even realize it.
Try these tips to fall asleep faster.
1. Read a book before bed. Reading acts as a soothing balm that helps you fall asleep.
2. Instead of an overhead light, which stimulates the brain to wake up, use a reading light.
3. Turn your alarm clock away from view so it won’t stimulate the brain’s pineal gland, which senses light.
4. Use an eye mask to keep light out and increase sleep quality.
Relax to music with exquisitely soft SleepPhonesTM. A doctor developed these innovative headphones to help her patients fall asleep to lullabies rather than drugs. SleepPhones have thin removable padded speakers hidden in a recycled Polartec® fleece headband. SleepPhones are comfortable for wearing all night long, are machine washable, and plug into a standard mini-jack for sound sleep.
Do You Live With a Chronic Snorer?
Or are you?
It's impossible to feel rested if you sleep next to a freight train. Neither one of you are getting the good, deep sleep that you need to feel rested and healthy. Over time, this will detroy your health. And you run the risk of being charged with homicide! See our recommendations on our Women's Health page. They really work! And try the "Sleep Phones".
Philips Wake-up Light
For those who have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, the Philips Wake-Up Light can provide a more pleasant and energizing start to the day. Clinically shown to improve the quality of waking, the Philips Wake-Up Light gradually increases light intensity to simulate a natural sunrise and ease you into your day.