Category Archives: Self Healing

Positive Attitude Affects Cardiovascular Health Research Shows

Dudley Evenson AttitudeWe’ve all heard about the mind-body connection and many have a vague idea of what that means, but it’s significant to find scientific research that actually validates how the mind affects the body. Imagine my delight when I came across stunning research illustrating clearly the concept that a positive attitude actually results in better cardiovascular health, supports cancer healing, and even helps with weight loss.

In a 2015 study published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review, 5000 people were studied over an eleven period according to their positive or negative attitude about life. The research clearly showed that those who had a positive outlook on life actually had better cardiovascular and general overall health. In other words – a happy heart equals a healthy heart!

The other research that caught my eye was a report I read in Mother Earth Living by Ellen Langer, a psychologist who was trying to understand the relationship between mental projection or suggestion and the physical body. She studied a group of hotel maids who were concerned about losing weight. One group was told that the work they were doing in the process of their job such as vacuuming floors, changing the beds, and cleaning bathrooms, actually exceeded the minimum guidelines for good physical activity that would contribute to weight loss. The people in that group actually lost weight compared with a control group doing the same kind of work who hadn’t received that information. Wow, can the mind actually help you lose weight?

Yet another study involved women who had been treated for breast cancer and had been deemed ‘clean and clear’ of cancer. Of two groups studied, the ones who felt they were ‘in remission’ didn’t fare as well as those who considered themselves ‘cured’. So this isn’t just about talking yourself into something. It is about the reality of what your mind perceives and then how it affects your physical body.

LaughterSo take this Chinese character of ‘Laughter’ to heart and enjoy this blessed life we are given. See yourself being well and happy and of course do all the other good things required for staying healthy like good diet and exercise. It all works together.

And let me know how you keep up your health and positive attitude. When you comment on my blog I’ll send you a free mp3 music track from Soundings of the Planet.

Optimistic Attitude = Healthy Heart New Research Shows

“An issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ Mark Twain
Dean Evenson laughing

I am very fortunate to be married to Dean Evenson who stays eternally happy even when problems arise and he could be feeling sorry for himself.  His optimistic attitude rubs off on me and it turns out, there is scientific research that confirms the health benefits of a positive attitude.

Do you know that optimistic people actually have healthier hearts?  A recent study published in the January/February 2015 issue of Health Behavior and Policy Review found that a person with a good attitude has much better heart health than someone with a pessimistic attitude.

This multi-ethnic research study followed over 5000 people for 11 years and found that peoples’ total health scores increased in conjunction with their levels of optimism. “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts” according to lead author of the study, Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

People who were the most optimistic were 50 and 76 percent more likely to have total health scores in the intermediate or ideal ranges, respectively.  They also were more physically active, had healthier body mass indexes and were less likely to smoke.

So folks, keep smiling and enjoy life.  The other option is not so good for your heart.
Read more about this new research here and let us know what you do to stay happy even when life gives you lemons.

A New Day, A New Year, A New You

I let go of the old and open myself to the new

This is the first in our series of 52 weekly meditations and a good place to start after the busy holidays.

I sit quietly and center myself, breathing deeply and fully. I feel myself firmly connected to the earth as I let the spirit flow through me. I let go of busyness and of anything that may be overwhelming me. I open myself to the new, to new possibilities, to a new day, and to the fresh new cells being constantly created in my body with every breath I take. I feel the refreshing inspiration of new opportunities coming my way. I welcome this new and wonderful time in my life and see it filled with goodness, creativity and peace. I let go of the old and allow the new to come gently into my life.

Often, we tend to cling to old patterns and habits that may be holding us back. It is these attachments that can keep us from living fully. In this centering affirmation, we allow ourselves to open up to the many blessings that exist within the vast sea of infinite possibilities surrounding us. When so-called negative experiences present themselves, we frequently tighten up and form an armor of resistance around us, thereby closing ourselves off from the magic inherent in the unknown. By always being open to new possibilities, we allow the Universe to harness all its forces to help us in the best ways possible. This affirmation is a wonderful way to begin our year of weekly wisdom meditations.

We hope you will take advantage of the 52 Weekly Affirmations and go through your year focusing on these universal principles.  They are guaranteed to make your life happier, healthier, more prosperous and even improve your relationships.  Below are the several different formats available to suit your needs.  And coming soon is an iPhone App.  We will let you know when it’s ready.  But no need to wait as you can begin now with the CD, DVD, download or DailyOM online course.

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A Year of Guided Meditations (DVD high quality nature videos with affirmations & music)

A Year of Guided Meditations (DailyOM online course, pay only what you can afford for the streaming videos)

Meditation Moment: 52 Weekly Affirmations (CD with affirmations & music)

Meditation Moment: 52 Weekly Affirmations (Digital Download with affirmations & music)

 

Chakras Explained in Children’s Cartoon

I love the chakras and use the psychology of the chakras frequently to help people understand the issues that they are dealing with at different levels in their lives.  This children’s cartoon is actually quite close to making sense of the chakras and how we can clear blockages and open up the flow of the life force to gain greater health in the physical, mental and spiritual realms of our existence.  I have recently completed a course with Anodea Judith, one of the leading masters teaching about the chakras.  Her focus in this class was how to manifest our dreams through the chakras and in future posts, I look forward to sharing more of the skills and tools she taught us in the course.  So, enjoy this little cartoon and stay tuned for more illumination about the chakras.

ChakraMeditations&TonesIf you are interested in exploring more about the chakras, check out my album CHAKRA MEDITATIONS & TONES which has meditations and tones for each of the chakras.

 

What really makes a person happy?

I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful video from Jack LaLanne who was an early forerunner of the fitness movement.  Jack enthusiastically taught people how to be healthy through nutrition, exercise and good attitude. Hey doesn’t that sound familiar?  It’s what we’ve been talking about for years.  This video encapsulates his tone and spirit and is a good one to watch over and over whenever you are feeling down in the dumps.  All the money in the world can’t seem to buy happiness so perhaps we need to take a clue from people who have less in the form of material wealth but seem to have it going in the spiritual wealth department. Thank you Jack LaLanne for being such an inspiration!  May we continue the quest you began for true health and happiness and share what we have been learning.

Let me know how you find happiness even when times are tough.

Practice Makes Perfect!

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same…Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”   ~ Martha Graham

Have you ever wondered how musicians are able to perform their music with ease?  Perhaps you assume they were born with ‘the gift of music.’  That may very well be true, but I can assure you they didn’t get anywhere on the gift alone.  Most likely it was the ‘daily practice’ of their instrument that allowed them to create effortlessly. 

My husband, Dean Evenson, has played the flute for more that six decades and although he may have had the initial talent, he also loved to practice his flute. His mother never had to remind him to practice, he just enjoyed playing.  The result can be heard in over 80 albums he has produced, many of which feature his beautiful flute music.

Dean’s mother lived almost 100 years and was a very religious and kind woman.  Her daily practice was reading the Bible and prayer.  She did this ‘religiously’ which meant she did it every day with regularity and intention.  Her long life may have been because of her good genes, but it also may have had to do with her daily practice.

What we do every day becomes a habit.  Many of our habits do not serve us well and those habits may become addictions or obsessions.  We create our lives through our habits so we need to develop habits that enhance and not degrade our lives.  What thoughts do you keep repeating in your mind?  Are they supportive life-giving thoughts or are they worries and negative tape loops?  What do you eat everyday?  What do you do every day (or not do – like get enough exercise).  In any event, consider developing a daily practice in all areas of your life and you will be blessed with good health, happiness, and a life worth living.

Here are some simple steps to develop a daily meditation practice –

1 Decide what you are willing to do every day
2 Choose a comfortable place to practice
3 Create an environment that supports your practice
4 Set an intention to doing it regularly
5 Be realistic in what you are able to commit to
6 Eliminate distractions, turn off the phone and computer
7 Let your family or roommates know not to disturb you
8 Start small and let your practice grow
9 Keep a journal and document your progress
10 If you miss a day, get back to it when you can and make a habit of it

Click to hear some of our music that is supportive for yoga and meditation

Have fun and let me know how it goes.  Peace!

How to Use Toning & Breath for Meditation

Vocal toning is not an esoteric practice or exotic form of sound healing, but it is in fact a natural form of expression that may occur throughout our day whether we are aware of it or not.  When we stub our toe we may emit a loud groan as we moan owww.  Or perhaps we are finally able to relax after a busy day and we let out a sigh of relief sounding a long tone of ahhh.  We may hum a tune under our breath and feel the deep resonance of that hum.  Or we may laugh out loud with a big ho ho or ha ha.  All these sounds are indeed aspects of toning.
 
Yet beyond these spontaneous natural vocal tones, we can also use toning consciously to bring more energy into our own bodies or to enhance our meditation practice.  This can work by allowing the tone to put the breaks on our breath and slow down our exhalation which also helps slow down our mental thought process.
 
You can follow these simple steps to deepen your meditation using toning:
• Breathe in quickly and fully
• Hold your breath for a few moments
• Then exhale slowly and completely letting a sound accompany your exhale
• The sound can be a vowel tone or ohh or ahh
• When the exhale is complete, repeat the process
 
Be aware of your diaphragm, which is located just below your belly button.  This is the powerful muscle that causes your lungs to contract and expand acting like a bellows.  Relax into the rhythm of your breathing.  As you become comfortable with the process of expressing yourself vocally through toning, you will be able to deepen your meditative experience and reach a more peaceful state of being.
 
Chakra Meditations & TonesCheck out our album Chakra Meditations & Tones which includes affirmations on each of the chakras and vocal toning for each chakra that you can tone along with.  Toning is a fun, participatory practice that can bring a sense of rejuvenation and vitality.  The good news is toning can be done by anyone and requires no prior musical training.

Dudley Evenson taught a workshop called ‘Toning Up, Tuning In – Chakras & more’ at the 4th International Globe Sound Healing Conference, Oakland, California.  It was an amazing gathering of sound healers.  Sound healing benefits are limitless and the presenters in this conference had a lot to share.

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Peace Through Music Supports Wounded Warriors

by Dudley Evenson
WalterReedGrpInspite of our life long aversion to war, my husband, Dean Evenson and I have found a way we can “support the troops” while still remaining true to our core values.  Since so many people coming back from battle are suffering from extreme physical and emotional wounds, we were looking for a way to really put our Peace Through Music mission to work.  Since 1979, we have been producing music for healing and yoga and the popularity of our music with healthcare practitioners and everyday people made us realize it could possibly be of benefit to soldiers returning from combat and suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

We decided to reach out to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, often the first stateside landing hospital for wounded soldiers returning from war.  When we contacted the head chaplain there, Major John Kallerson, we found that he had already used some of Dean Evenson’s CDs in his own healing.  Once he realized that he had personally experienced the benefits of Dean’s music, he was enthusiastic about making it available for his patients and began to include it in the Wounded Warrior Kit given out at the hospital.

Chaplain Kallerson told us “The music helps our patients focus on their healing and not the chronic pain they endure constantly. The soothing music of Healing Sanctuary and Healing Dreams provides a needed respite from the dreams and flashbacks of the terrors that our wounded have seen and experienced.  It is helpful for them to relax and not dwell on the bad dreams or images that they can see… Some find them very helpful to get to sleep.”

Inspired by this feedback, we began to research the effects of war and the stress disorders that often plague veterans of violent conflict and learned that music can offer an antidote to some of the emotional traumas experienced.  We put together a Relaxation Basic Training Guide to help returning soldiers in their healing process.  Couched in military terms, the booklet presented concepts of Nada Yoga or the Yoga of Sound and shared many techniques that are actually ancient yogic practices incorporating breath, muscle relaxation, meditation and mantra.

During two separate visits, we performed our peaceful music of flute and harp interspersed with teachings about relaxation and sound healing.  Looking back on the content of our offering to these wounded troops and medical professionals, we realized we were actually sharing the basics of yoga and meditation.  Although we didn’t demonstrate any postures, the foundation of the information we offered was yoga.  From breathing demonstrations to relaxation to affirmations and mantra, we were able to educate these service people about this ancient practice.  Hopefully our story will inspire people to reach out in their own communities to offer yoga, music, massage and other healing modalities to veterans who are in such desperate need of healing.  The benefit is for the veterans, their families, and the community at large.  It’s never too late to plant seeds of peace.

Click here to Download Relaxation Basic Training Manual

These are the CDs they have used at Walter Reed – Sound Healing, Healing Waters, Healing Sanctuary, Healing Dreams, Ocean Dreams, Eagle River, Eagle River DVD. Click here for Memorial Day Sale

 

Bike to Work, Bike to School Week

Dean bike barnIn May, communities across the country celebrate Bike to Work Day and Bike to Work Month by encouraging people to leave their car keys at home, put on their helmet and get on their bicycles.  Riding a bike is great exercise and in addition to your body benefiting, the environment also benefits.  Not only that, you will be saving money by not using your car which may cost over $9000 annually to operate and contributes to greenhouses gases.  Bike to Work Day was initiated in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage bike riding.  This year it is celebrated on Friday, May 16.  It has now become part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month.  In our town, city transit buses usually have bike racks on the front of their buses so people who have to go long distances can combine bike riding with using public transportation.

Some people don’t have so far to go – like Dean Evenson who can ride his bike all the way from his house to his studio in the barn.
Naked BikersOthers like those in the Fremont Parade ride their bikes naked!  So whatever your commute, please consider riding a bike and get some healthy exercise.  Your heart will be happy and who knows, you may come across some naked bikers in the bike lane.  And of course, you will benefit most by riding your bike often, not just once a year.  Happy riding!

Chakra Meditations & Tones new release

Chakra Meditations & Tones
Dudley & Dean Evenson with Beth Quist

ChakraMeditations&Tones“Experiencing this meditation is perfect for the beginner and the advanced. The first eight tracks are instructional and provide the listener with a meditation experience at the same time. The melodic sounds of the chakra tones of the second eight tracks are delightful! Truly calming and peaceful. I highly recommend this sound experience!”
    ~ Margaret Ann Lembo, Owner The Crystal Garden & author of Chakra Awakening

The first half hour of the album is spoken by Dudley Evenson, whose soothing voice leads the guided affirmations for each chakra – concluding with a track for balancing all the chakras.  The second half hour is comprised of musical toning with the chakras and features Beth Quist whose beautiful vocalizations of the chakras reflect the essence of each energy center.

For more than three decades, Dudley and Dean Evenson have immersed themselves in the exploration of healing through music.  They have traveled to temples, interviewed healers and worked with masterful musicians around the world.  On this progressive path, they have developed an understanding of the multi-dimensional uses of music.  Their album “Chakra Meditations & Tones” reveals the basic steps of healing through sound on a journey through your chakras, body, spirit and mind.

These award-winning sound healing pioneers have created this beautiful album as an effective tool for energizing and balancing the chakras. The album is designed to be listened to frequently and is arranged so that one can add their own tones to the sound track. It is ideal for meditation, healing, yoga and overall relaxation.  Liner notes explain the chakra system.

The Hindustani Scale (Sa Re Ga ma Pa Dha Ni Sa) and the Sanskrit Seed Sounds of Bija mantra (Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham Sham Aum) are used along with the vowel tones (UH, OO, OH, AH, EYE, AYE, EEE) to evoke deep inner peace and set the ground for the rhythms and tones of this mind calming, meditative, body healing, musical album.

Official Release date April 8, 2014 Pre-order on amazon.com