Let your soul delight in this meditative journey of nature and music. Dean Evenson’s sensitive field recordings honoring the sacredness of the earth are interwoven with his beautiful soothing music.
Three decades ago, Dean pioneered the blending of natural sounds with the peaceful, relaxation music he was creating and pioneered a whole new genre of music.
Today, with renewed concern about the environment, this rich collection of songs is a perfect soundscape to encourage a growing respect for the planet.
Dean’s native flute, silver flute and spacious keyboard atmospheres are joined in artistic collaboration with Singh Kaur’s soaring wordless vocals and Jonathan Kramer’s rich cello tones. Scott Huckabay’s harmonic guitar, Phil Heaven’s sonorous viola and Dudley Evenson’s singing bowls and harp add to the mix. The album closes with a sacred chant for the Mother Earth by native elder Cha-das-ska-Dum.
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“Awesome!!!!! Scott is is one of the most gifted guitarists on the planet. His music is very spiritual and moving. I recommend his music to anyone who loves the guitar, or any music for that matter. “ — AMAZON customer
“Great album, easy to listen to. I have a couple his works and I’m going to buy more of them.” — Kevin B. Lindsey
“Scott Huckabay on stage has a somewhat distant relationship to Scott on CD. The CDs are beautiful and enjoyable – but I wish they offered more of the experimentation that I experienced seeing Scott live. The live performances are like ritual, they can literally take you on a “journey”. Peyote without the peyote… They cast you down into those dark, sad places, and lift you up into the joy that connects us all. Scott’s presence and music brim with spirituality. Dolphins and whales? Yes, they do swim through the chords. As the US Navy prepares to deploy a Very Low Frequency Sonar System that may wipe out cetacean populations across the oceans, Scott’s music comes across even more poignantly as a testimony.” — Laurent, El Sobrante, CA
“Music is great. Live performance is nothing but excellent. Scott’s music is very good. You’ll hear familiar yet unique passages. Don’t make the mistake of thinking ‘oh. I’ve heard that before’. If you see Scott in concert, you’ll have a profound appreciation for his music. As you listen, realize that this guy is playing from his soul.” — AMAZON customer
ARCTIC REFUGE: A GATHERING OF TRIBES
“If we destroy the land and resources on which we depend, and with which we live, then we are destroying ourselves. We depend on the caribou and our survival depends on their protection. We cannot tolerate any harm to the renewable resources that have sustained my people and our ancestors for many thousands of years.” — Norma Kassi, Gwich’in leader from Old Crow, Yukon
ASCENSION TO TIBET
“You and Dean are amazing. Thank you so much for your work, and for sharing your joy in everything you do. This morning I listened to ‘Ascension to Tibet’ and loved it all over again. I like your soundings website.” — Andy McBride
“How can you go to the top of the world and not be changed? Inspired by the highest mountains on the planet and the people who live there, Dean and Dudley Evenson produced yet another excellent collection of ‘New Age’ or Ambience Music. Call it what you will, this is great music to listen to when the stresses start to pile up. This collection of 11 songs features flute, keyboard and natural recording by Dean and harp and bells from Dudley as well as other talented musicians. You can hear the influence of the monks they met in Tibet and Nepal.” — Michael Bond, Amazon customer
A SOUND SLEEP: Guided Meditations with Relaxing Music and Nature Sounds
“What a perfect gift for those of us who seek assistance in relaxing, preparing
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By Dudley Evenson
“All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and in the multitude, comes from lack of harmony. And harmony is best given by producing harmony in one’s own life.”
-Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Music of Life
All cultures on every part of the planet, from ancient times to this day, have used music in some way to lift the spirit and to enhance the healing process. Sound affects us on all levels from the emotional to the physical, and reaches into our very depths, resonating through every cell and molecule of our being.
Music because of its nature is a link between the external and internal worlds, a bridge to the spirit and a doorway to the soul Sound affects the vibratory rate of every part of the body and has a direct impact on the mental processes, muscles, nervous system, digestive system and circulatory system. It is no wonder that health care practitioners have discovered the benefits of using music as a support for the healing process.
It is rare to have a healing session these days without the presence of peaceful music in the background. Why is it that music and bodywork go so well together? In addition to the pleasant environment that music provides, there are many reasons why music actually supports and extends the benefits of the healing session. In this article, we will explore a few of them.
It is interesting to note that both healing music and massage began to have a popular acceptance about the same time. The 1970’s were a time of new innovations and explorations into healing and consciousness so when a few pioneering musicians began to create a more spiritual and meditative form of music, it was natural that the newly blooming massage therapy and bodywork professions would discover its benefits for their practice. In addition to a good massage table and fragrant massage oils, good music became a must-have part of a massage therapist’s medicine kit.
Surrounded as we are by the monotonous 60 cycle per second hum of machines and consuming urban life, the tendency toward tension and dis-ease has become the byproduct of our modern lifestyle. Soothing music and the sounds of the nature remind us of the peace we desire. Clinical research and personal testimonials attest to the effectiveness of music and natural sounds in providing a space for healing to occur.
In his landmark book, The Mozart Effect, Don Campbell states that “by listening to music with longer, slower sounds, one can usually deepen and slow the breath, allowing the mind to calm down….As with breathing rates, a lower heartbeat creates less physical tension and stress, calms the mind, and helps the body heal itself. Music is a natural pacemaker.”
Stress. The American Institute for Preventative Medicine cites it as a key role player and contributing factor in both heart disease and cancer, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Best-selling author and physician,
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by Dudley Evenson Over the past few decades, much has been written and shared about the chakras. Information drawn from ancient Indian metaphysical teachings has been joined by modern psychological and anatomical awareness to bring about a synthesis of understanding which has practical application in helping us to live healthy, harmonious lives. The chakras are the seven major energy vortices located along the central meridian from the base of the spine to the top of the head which are associated with major organs and glandular systems. They also have psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects and are important to the harmonious function and integration of body, mind and spirit.
The word chakra means ‘a wheel that spins’ in Sanskrit. We can imagine them as orbs or spherical balls of vibrational energy. These subtle energy centers serve as gateways or transfer points between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. As we come to a greater understanding of the chakras and how they work, we are better able to bring into balance the various aspects of our being and create a truly fulfilling life. Vibrant, radiant balance among all the chakras is the goal.
In these times of great economic uncertainty, many people are feeling vulnerable and unsure about their ability to pay their bills and cover their basic survival needs. Issues such as these are very much related to the First Chakra or the Root Chakra as it is known. This chakra is related to the Earth element and has to do with survival issues, what we do for work, how we feed, clothe, and shelter ourselves. Do we feel supported and well taken care of? If not, we need to address these concerns by focusing on that chakra and use certain tools and techniques to enhance its function. When we learn to identify our issues and become aware of which chakra they relate to, we are better able to bring that chakra into greater functionality and allow it to radiate fully the life force as it flows through us.
The first three chakras are related to the physical aspects of our being and are associated with the elements of Earth, Water and Fire relating to our needs for food, water, and energy. Our Fourth Chakra is the transfer point between the lower physical chakras and the three higher spiritual chakras. This Heart Chakra relates to the element Air and is about exchanging energy and of course giving and receiving love. The Fifth Chakra is at the throat level and has to do with communication, relating to the element of Sound or ether. The Sixth Chakra is our mental and vision center and relates to Light, while our Seventh Chakra is our Crown Chakra and connects us with Consciousness and Spirit.
A helpful tool for bringing the chakras into balance employs using the voice to tone and resonate the chakra. Since sound is also a subtle energy, it has the ability to alter our state of consciousness. When
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“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.” – Anonymous
Listening to the radio recently, I couldn’t help but notice how sad and bad the news was. A real bloody day for people in Gaza, Iraq and even LA, not to mention continuous doom and gloom reports about the failing economy. I felt a knot of anxiety growing in my stomach as I tried to digest the constant barrage of bad news hitting me. I realize I’ve been paying too much attention to news lately and it’s having an effect on me. Bad news affects all of us painting a pessimistic picture of the world, coloring the content of our thoughts.
How do we overcome the tendency toward worry and negative thinking? How can we manifest our dreams and harness the power of positive affirmations to improve our lives? Isn’t that what we all want? A chance to make each day a bit better and hopefully leave a legacy of worth when we are gone. Beyond these modest impulses, perhaps some may rise to even grander heights of sharing, caring and creative manifestation.
For three decades I have been using spoken word affirmations and guided meditations to bring groups together in a shared communion of visualization and prayer. With my husband, Dean Evenson, playing flute, along with me on hand harp, we have been able to create deeply meditative experiences for large groups of people, opening for Deepak Chopra, don Miguel Ruiz, Larry Dossey and playing for Joan Borysenko and Iyanla Vanzant’s own meditations.
Recently I decided to put together a CD of guided affirmations. Rather than start with the basics of taking a deep breath and walking in the forest, I jumped into a huge project of creating 52 weekly meditations on the universal principles that guide all life. When I sat down to write the script, the words just flowed forth and the practical wisdom that we have gleaned over our many years on earth showed itself on my computer screen.
Needless to say, it came together well and I am pleased that the album, MEDITATION MOMENT, is being very well received. To support the process of understanding what affirmations are and how to use them to create a fulfilling and successful life, I offer some common sense guidelines that will enhance their effectiveness. I present these simple premises to you in the hopes that you will actually use the suggestions and be blessed by the improvements that show up in your life.
Why do affirmations work?
What is it that makes them so compelling?
An affirmation is a positive statement asserting that the goal to be achieved is already happening. It is a declaration to manifest a desired outcome. This desired way of being may seem far from the truth at the moment, but amazingly enough,
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