Riding waves of change

Surfing Waves of Change in Sea of Infinite Possibilities

Change is a constant factor in our world but few know how to successfully circumnavigate unwanted events or issues that show up in life. During our four decades together, Dean Evenson and I have discovered some helpful tips on how to sail through changes of life’s inevitable ups and downs and move forward in a positive way. Today, we share some of those ideas with you.

Years ago, we were living in an old farmhouse in upstate New York with some fellow video artists. We had recently learned the concept of ‘go with the flow’ but hadn’t really had a chance to put this principle into action. Soon we got our opportunity. Our landlord decided to evict us – and we found ourselves facing a cold winter with no apparent place to go. We decided to apply our newly discovered principle and allow ourselves to ‘flow with the changes’.
 
Instead of complaining about our predicament, we said to ourselves ‘there must be something better coming along’ and we prepared to move forward. Our neighbors and friends were very surprised at our attitude and watched us as we approached a big transition in our living situation without knowing where it would take us. Fortunately, we ended up finding another country house near Woodstock, New York that was large enough for us and a few others. We packed up and moved our whole household there just in time to beat the winter snow. From then on, with every change that came our way, we kept a positive attitude and things always got better.

Years later, we heard Dr. Deepak Chopra explaining what he calls ‘the sea of infinite possibilities.’ We were very inspired by his approach to being open to and actually benefiting from change. He said that since we never know what’s in store for us and sometimes so-called ‘bad’ things happen, we often resist them and let our fears rule us. He suggested we imagine behind us a sea of infinite possibilities, ever undulating and evolving that is always ready to present us with favorable choices. He pointed out that fear, worry and getting upset cause these potentials to freeze up and block the flow the universe is able to provide for us.
 

Sometimes our life is out of our control, at least for the moment. Big social events and personal or family issues may sweep us into an unknown not-of-our choosing. Suffering happens. Old age, sickness and death are common forms of suffering first recognized by Buddha. As young Prince Siddhartha, he had never seen such things until one day he escaped the confines of the palace and came across those very conditions. He was horrified and commenced on a quest for understanding how to overcome suffering. In his process, he underwent many trials and tribulations before coming across meditation, the Middle Path and the peace of a quiet mind. The first step in the Eightfold Path he postulated is ‘Right Perception’.
 
When things happen that are not to our liking, often the only thing we have control over is our own perception of the situation and how we react to it. When we can embrace change and tap into the ever evolving sea of infinite possibilities, we open to the opportunity of transforming what we initially perceive as a negative, into something much more positive. By simply keeping an optimistic attitude, we find ourselves working with the universal flow instead of against it. This in not to suggest letting yourself be randomly blown by the wind. Instead, no matter that happens, it is important to stay focused on your principles, values and goals. They are your moral compass and the direction your path is heading, no matter a few swerves in the road. By having a clear sense of purpose, when challenges do arise that you don’t have immediate control over, you can take a deep breath, pick yourself up, face the direction of your dreams and move on.
                                                   
We would love to hear how you have learned to cope with change in your life. Let us know what tools you have used to keep going when unexpected or unwanted things happen in your life. Remember, when you comment here on our blog, we’ll send you a free mp3 track of our music as thank you.
 

First Soundings Podcast featuring Dr. Joan Borysenko

Announcing Soundings Podcast

Soundings of the Planet is pleased to announce our new Soundings Podcast is finally available in iTunes. Most people know us through our award-winning healing music, but few are aware of our vast video and audio library of interviews with new thought leaders and the many documentaries we have recorded since 1970.  We are now making a select number of the best of those interviews available on our brand new Soundings Podcast.

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In this first podcast series, you will hear interviews with the sound healing pioneers who are featured on our SONIC HEALING MEET THE MASTERS VIDEO COURSE. The first presentation is of Dr. Joan Borysenko, our long time friend and best-selling author. Dr. Borysenko is a pioneer in integrative medicine and world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work is foundational in the international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and the spiritual dimensions as an integral part of healing. She co-founded the Harvard Mind/Body Clinic with Dr. Herbert Benson, was a licensed psychologist and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and has spent years in clinical research. She is author of numerous books, audio and video programs.

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Future Soundings Podcasts will be drawing from the hundreds of hours of interviews with new thought leaders, sound healers, Native American medicine people, Tibetan monks, yogis, meditators, coaches, authors, teachers, and wisdom keepers from around the world. Subscribe to Soundings Podcast today and be inspired.  To learn more about our activities and releases please visit our website and blog at soundings.com.

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Dudley Evenson and her new favorite book The Miracle Morning

6 Steps to Your Miracle Morning

Do you start your day with a dose of news and then find it’s hard to get all that negativity out of your head? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed by a massive ‘to do’ list and can’t seem to complete all the tasks you have set up for yourself. I recently read a great book called The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8 am and I have been implementing the practices that the author, Hal Elrod, has suggested.

Even if you’re not a morning person, you can still have a miracle morning!

I like the idea of starting my morning with a miracle, but since I am not a morning person, I wondered if it would work for me. When I looked more deeply into the idea, I discovered that there is a lot to be said about starting your day off in a conscious, mindful way and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. For many years I have had a simple practice of doing eye exercises and a prayer before I even get up so I have at least started my day before it officially begins. My next ideal practice after drinking some water and making my tea is to do a half hour of yoga. Then if I am not in a rush, I like to sit and meditate. Often, however, the phone would ring or I would get up and move toward my computer, emails and get caught up in the outside world. Of course for most people, even taking that much time starting their day would be too much when they have to get breakfast for the family or run off to work.
Here’s my video further explaining the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. System so you can have your own Miracle Morning

Life S.A.V.E.R.S. System

With so much to do and so little time, I wondered how could a slight change in one’s morning procedure make a meaningful difference that would last all day.  That’s where Hal Elrod’s system called ‘Life S.A.V.E.R.S’ comes in. It’s a very simple system that is easy to remember and simple to implement. I like that he says you can do each one of these practices for only a minute and you will still experience a beneficial effect.  The main thing is to actually do the practice. I am still trying to implement it into my morning and find that when I don’t start my day with this practice and instead let myself get caught up in computer work or the outside world, my day does not go nearly as smoothly and I feel that I accomplish less.

Here is his magic formula for a Miracle Morning. He calls it ‘Life S.A.V.E.R.S.’ You can do each one of these steps for as little as one minute and still feel the benefit. Five minutes or more for each one is better of course.  You can also do them in any order. You may exercise at the beginning or at the end. Remember, it’s your morning practice so it needs to work for you.

SILENCE: Sit quietly, let go of busy thoughts, and focus on your breath
AFFIRMATION: Affirm what you want in life to set the tone for your day
VISUALIZATION: Picture yourself living your ideal life and it’s ok to be specific
EXERCISE: Moving the body benefits physical as well as mental and emotional selves
READ: Read something inspiring and uplifting to start your day
SCRIBE: Journal your thoughts and dreams or add to that great book you are working on

Be sure to pick up a copy of the book to gain a much deeper understanding of how you can create your own miracle morning.  We would love to hear your ideas of how you begin your day so you maximize your full potential. We love to hear from you so when you comment, we’ll send you a free mp3 music track that can be a perfect accompaniment to your morning meditation.

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Freedom, Peace, Oneness

Freedom to Be!

No, this isn’t a picture of a new Soundings of the Planet artist, but this musician has such a sense of freedom and great energy that we wanted to share his image. We met him in the desert outside Las Vegas after one of our spa shows and he had such bright energy we couldn’t resist snapping a pic. He fit the bill as a Peace Through Music troubadour and it seems appropriate for our July 4th post.

Now is a great chance to ponder the freedom that we do have in our country and honor the hard work and sacrifices it has taken over many generations to maintain it. In the midst of a fractious presidential campaign, we are called upon to reflect on our unity and the many things we have in common, rather than focusing on our differences. As you enjoy the holiday of this long 4th of July weekend, we hope you will take some time to appreciate our great nation with its rich diversity of cultures and acknowledge the many contributions that immigrants as well as natives have made to our country. In fact, most of us are immigrants unless of course you are a Native American!

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Peace Freedom Oneness expressed in all sorts of ways!

May we all become more compassionate and understanding of our neighbors and especially of those who are different from us. We are after all one human family and hopefully we can outgrow our sibling rivalry and find peace within and even amongst those who are different from us.

WORLD PEACE Meditation

I recognize the world for all its drama as a reflection of my own inner experience. As I work to change my perception of the world, I realize I am actually affecting the world around me. As I change how I am seeing the world, the world changes with me. I see beauty around me. I see the goodness in people and honor them for that goodness. I even practice seeing our own national/political world in a different light. I see it as a process and I focus on the evolution of human consciousness as we move toward greater awareness and compassion. I see the world becoming more peaceful and just every day as I myself become more peaceful and fair within.

Listen to this guided meditation on Meditation Moment CD or A Year of Guided Meditations DVD by Dudley Evenson.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Remember, when you comment here we’ll send you a free mp3 music track! Plus we’re having a super sale on all our albums with water!

Fathers carrying their babies. Photos by Dudley Evenson

Honoring Fathers

Modern Fathers

We love the dads of today who carry their babies in a backpack or close to their heart. It used to be this practice was only used by mothers but now fathers get to have the blessings of a much closer contact with their young children. As women have become strong and more empowered of late, we acknowledge that fathers have become softer and more gentle. We see this as a wonderful process that allows men to develop the more nurturing side of themselves and that is surely a benefit to them and their children as well. Dean Evenson got to carry his children in a baby backpack and was always around for family dinner practically every day of their lives growing up.

Dean Evenson and his kids all grown up
Dean Evenson and his kids all grown up

What is the measure of a man?

Is it by the measure of his biceps? Or the amount of love in his heart?  Is it how much he can push his way through?  Or how gentle he can be in carrying his child?  I once heard the definition of a good ‘husbandman‘ (gardener) as one who knows when to plant the seed.  I would add that it is equally important to know how to care for the seed so it can grow to fullness and bear the fruits of its harvest.

I am grateful to have found such a man in Dean Evenson who has been such a good husband to me and father to our three children.  He has also been the father of Soundings of the Planet and all the musicians who have come through our studio.  The burden of a father can be heavy and we need to remember that fathers need all the love and support they can get.  So as Father’s Day approaches, let us remember to honor the fathers in our lives and let them feel supported too.

History of Father’s Day

We were intrigued to learn that Father’s Day was first started in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised his six children there. In 1909, after she heard a sermon about Mother’s Day being started by Ann Jarvis, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. She initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, but the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons so the celebration of Father’s Day was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

We would love to hear about your father or a dad you admire. When you comment we will send you a free mp3 of our music.
Remember, dads need to relax too. When you order online at soundings.com and use the code FATHER16 you will receive a 20% discount!

 

 

 

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Peaceful Music Helps PTSD

Soon after the recent wars began, Dean Evenson and I became aware of the impacts that wartime trauma was having on combatants. We heard from a psychologist friend about PTSD and terrible physical and mental conditions returning soldiers were dealing with. We learned in disturbing detail about the challenges they were facing and we wanted to help. We wondered if our peaceful music could be supportive in calming the mental demons facing veterans of wars and other traumatic events.

PTSD helped by peaceful music. Dean and Dudley Evenson with Walter Reed Chaplain John Kallerson
PTSD helped by peaceful music. Dean and Dudley Evenson visit with Chief Chaplain Clinician John Kallerson at Walter Reed

PTSD and Visit to Walter Reed

We reached out to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where many wounded warriors were hospitalized dealing with PTSD and physical wounds. We discovered that the chief chaplain there already knew Dean Evenson’s music and had used it in his own healing. He invited us to visit Walter Reed.  There we offered workshops on how to use music to help the healing, both mental and physical.  Since then, we have continued the process of getting our relaxation music and DVDs to hospitals, vet centers and individuals. We also created a simple but informative RELAXATION BASIC TRAINING GUIDE that offered tools of how to use music to support the healing process for those with PTSD.

Peace Through Music

Soundings of the Planet’s motto is Peace Through Music.  We are peace-oriented musicians who have been creating nature-based recordings for over 35 years.  Our relaxation and world music is heard in spas, salons, yoga and healing centers around the world. Now we are glad that it is being used by veterans to help their healing process.

“As the wounded soldiers and marines arrive every week at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it is nice to have your music as part of our care plan to meet their need to relax and rest while they recuperate from their injuries.  The music also 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.”
JOHN L. KALLERSON, Chaplain (Major) US Army
Senior Chaplain Clinician, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

We Welcome Your Ideas

Any thoughts you may have of where we can send our music that will benefit those in need with PTSD. When you comment we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music.

 

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My Coaching Journey

by Dudley Evenson

I was curious about life coaching and always felt I could be helpful in that field. My life experiences have prepared me in many ways to understand issues people are dealing with. A few years ago, I volunteered at our local low power radio station and met the wives of a couple of the guys working there. These two ladies, Laura and Terri, were both practicing ‘life coaches.’ I realized that my long marriage with Dean Evenson has taught me about relationships; raising children about parenting; our ‘decade of intentional poverty’ and living in a school bus about simple living; running our music label, Soundings of the Planet, about being a successful business owner and entrepreneur; my own life path about healthy living. I had a lot of life experience, but I didn’t know yet how to translate that into being a useful life coach.
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Laura and Terri invited me to join the Northwest Corner Coaches Meetup group and I got to know a lot of people in the field. We networked and put on events to raise awareness about the coaching profession. I then trained to be guide and lead AARP Life Reimagined Checkups to help people through the inevitable changes that life presents, especially for people over fifty. After that, I was able to get professional training with Impact Coaching Academy and was fortunate that Terri was my teacher. In the course, I got a full overview on how to be a coach and all that entails on a professional level and recently I received my official Life Coach Certification. I now have several clients and still have some ‘pro bono’ clients who I am working with for free to give me more experience and hopefully in the process, put my new skills to use in helping them move forward in their lives.

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This past weekend, Terri and I led the AARP Life Reimagined Checkup here in Bellingham. We had a great turnout and people got to go through a process of looking at their passions, values, skills and experiences to choose ‘what’s next’ in their lives. This coming Saturday (May 21, 2016), our Northwest Corner Coaches group is sponsoring a free COACHING CAFÉ where we will share more about the coaching field, introduce people to some local coaches and offer the ability to sign up for free coaching sessions to those who attend. Click here for details. Continue reading My Coaching Journey

Mothers at the Met

In Celebration of All Kinds of Mothers

As Mother’s Day approaches, we want to honor all mothers everywhere. Mothers come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments. Different cultures have different patterns of mothering. Mothers have different challenges and issues depending on their circumstances. Whether mothers have ‘First World Problems’ or ‘Third World’ Problems,’ they all need support and love from their family and community.

If our mother was loving and caring, we can be inspired by her love. If our mother had a pack of problems and didn’t know how to love us, we can be inspired by what she wasn’t and strive to be a better person ourselves. We can learn from whatever situation we are given. No matter how our mother did or didn’t give us the love we wanted, we can choose to love her. If our mother is no longer living, we can still give love to her. If we have unfinished business with our mom, we can do our best to forgive her and move on.

Mothering is a very complex and challenging process and I might add – one of the most important ‘jobs’ a woman can ever do.  As a mother, we strive to do our best based on our background and awareness, but often it seems like we can’t do anything right, especially according to our teenage kids. So during this week of remembering and honoring mothers, let’s remember to reach out to our own mother if she is living and to all the mothers in our world and let them know how much they are appreciated.

For a limited time are offering a special Mother’s Day Sale! All albums are only $9 each when you enter the code ‘MOTHERSDAY16’ at checkout!
And remember, when you comment here on the blog, we will send you a free mp3 music track in appreciation. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Celebrate Earth Day – You Can Make a Difference

DID YOU KNOW….?
That less than 5% of our nation’s virgin forests remain?!
40% of our forestland is clearcut for paper products?!
Over 50% of our nation’s landfills is paper waste?!

 YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

1)  Use post-consumer recycled paper or alternative paper sources, and encourage governments and businesses to recycle and use post-consumer recycled paper.

2)  Support ecologically responsible forestry practices as well as the labor-intensive renewal and restoration of destroyed forests to create jobs.

3)  Educate yourself and others about natural forest ecosystems.

4)  Communicate with lawmakers, timber industries, paper manufacturers, neighbors, etc., who decide the fate of forest lands.

5)  Support legislation to preserve ALL remaining ancient forests.

6)  Contribute time, energy, and money to an environmental group working on forest issues.

7)  Support a ban on raw log exports so that domestic industries can benefit by processing timber into finished wood products.

8)  Support programs that retrain displaced loggers.

9) Plant trees or support a tree planting organization.

10) Consume less and encourage environmentally-friendly at practices at work, home and in the classroom (discourage use of paper towels, paper cups, products with wasteful packaging, disposable items).

 Let’s stop killing the forest for the trees

Human well-being ultimately depends on the well-being of the complex ecosystem that is the forest.  Forests don’t need people; they have existed long before humans appeared on Earth.  However, humans can benefit from the forests in a variety of ways as long as we don’t take more than the forest can naturally provide.
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Dean Evenson Explains the Earth Resonancy Frequency

Ever since he discovered information about the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF), Dean Evenson has included that sub-audio tone under the mix in his healing music albums. We’ve had lots of requests for more information so here is some background on why it is such an important frequency and why we use it.

Our physical body is affected by vibrations that are below the range of hearing. One ‘ultra low frequency’ is called the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF). This common frequency of our beautiful planet is located primarily at 7.83 Hertz or cycles per second.  One reason we are interested in this frequency is because it is very similar to the frequency our brains emit when we are in the Alpha brainwave state. There are several factors at play here and we will share our understanding of the scientific basis of resonant frequency and explain how that ties in with the state of our consciousness. We will also describe how the ERF or other ultra low frequencies can be used in music to support reaching a meditative or healing zone more easily.

It may be more than coincidence the Earth Resonance Frequency of 7.83 Hz is similar to the frequency our brains emit when we are in the state of consciousness right on the cusp between the Alpha and Theta brainwave states. As you may know, our brains emit ultra low frequency sound waves that vary depending on the state of our consciousness. When we are in our busy, rational frame of mind, our brains emit Beta frequencies in the range of 14-20 Hz. This is called our Beta brainwave state and occurs when we are active and thinking, doing computer work, driving a car, or something that requires left brain thinking. We need to access this state to function in the world on a daily basis.

When we are seeking a space to meditate or heal, we want to drop down into the next state which is deeper and more relaxed, so we enter the Alpha state. This is when we are awake and alert but very peaceful, calm and centered. The Alpha range is around 7-14 Hz. and is a very safe state to be in because one is still awake and alert to the surroundings but also open and receptive to being at peace and accessing our more intuitive faculties.

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