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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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Nature and Music: Healing People and the Planet

Published in Natural Awakenings Chattanooga, April 2015

Dean Evenson Native flute riverIn 1970, when sound-healing and video pioneers Dean and Dudley Evenson first became aware of the serious environmental issues threatening our world, they wanted to find a way to help educate people about the plight of the planet. They got that opportunity two years later, when they worked as videographers at the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.

“In Stockholm we met and were exposed to the wisdom of the fifteen Native Americans who were at the conference talking about Mother Earth,” recalls Dudley Evenson. “We documented this historic event with the new, portable Sony video camera that had just become available, and looked for ways to apply these new ideas.”

The next year, Dean Evenson was invited to Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to help transmit television out of the occupied town. He stayed on the reservation a month, videotaping Lakota elders, activists and medicine men, who spoke strongly about the challenges facing the earth at that time. Again the Evensons contemplated this new information and tried to figure out a way to share what they were learning.

A few years later, now living in Tucson, Arizona, the Evensons decided to form a record label, Soundings of the Planet, to distribute  what Dean describes as “the music that was flowing through us.” He spent the night in a desert canyon, and as the sun rose, he used two stereo mikes to catch the sounds of the birds at dawn. The Evensons’ first album, Desert Dawn Song, included these sounds of dawn in the desert along with the couple’s calming music of flute, harp, cello and vocal tones.
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“This album was one of the very first to include meditative music along with field recordings of nature sounds, and it ushered in a whole new genre of music,” Dudley says. “This was our way of honoring the earth, and our vision was to get this nature-based music to people living in cities who made decisions about the fate of the planet.”

The Evensons have continued to create this special type of music, and over the past 35 years they have released more than 80 albums and videos dedicated to their vision of creating “peace through music.”

Dean has spent many hours next to flowing rivers or ocean beaches, and in wetlands, forests and mountain valleys, recording both audio and video. These “soundings of the planet” have found their way to a number of popular, award-winning albums and DVDs. The added bonus, Dudley says, is that the music seems to have a healing effect on listeners.

“Even though we didn’t start out trying to make healing music, that is exactly what happened,” she says.

The Evensons also added to their recordings the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF) of 7.83 hz (cycles per second), which is the actual resonance of the planet’s atmospheric cavity, Dean explains. “This is also the same frequency that our brains emit when on the cusp of the alpha and theta brainwave states,” he says. “This tends to have a positive, healing effect on people, adding to the already peaceful state the music and nature sounds create.”

For more information on Dean and Dudley Evenson and their music and videos, visit Soundings.com; search “soundings of the planet” on Facebook or YouTube; visit their blog, HealthyLivingDreams.com; or call 800-93-PEACE (800-937-3223).

PS – I would love to hear how you have used our music.  And to those who comment, I’ll send you a free mp3 download!

 

Spring Rain, Weeding Strawberries, Healthy Food

Buddha CrocusYesterday really felt like spring and the sun actually graced us with its glowing presence for a few hours.  Dean and I had fun putting the covering on the hoop green house and it felt good to just be outside in the warming air.  While Dean busied himself with the technicalities of bracing the hoop structure, I turned my attention to the strawberry patch.  Since it’s been raining so much lately, even though it was  well mulched with leaves, the dandelions, grass and buttercups have really taken a hold of the area.

I actually love to weed my garden but trying to weed out the buttercups from the strawberries is quite a task.  For one thing, the buttercups tend to mimic the strawberries in how they grow sending out runner roots to connect with other plants.  They create quite an interconnected community!  At a glance they even look like strawberries.  Even so, we’ve had a fun couple days getting our hands in the dirt and preparing to plant our next season’s food.

What an honor to live in a climate where water is plentiful.  We just spent a couple weeks in Costa Rica and got to experience the challenge of a very dry climate.  Of course every area on Earth has its pluses and minuses.  You could say our ‘abundance of rain’ is a minus, but of course it can also be a plus as our lush, green forests will attest to.

I could babble on about gardens and how much I love nature but I will sign off for now and go make dinner.  Ever since our visit to Blue Spirit for the Deva Premal/Miten workshop (see pic below of the kind of food we ate), I have been inspired to make my meals more interesting, with lots of raw  yummy veggies.  Fortunately, we can purchase fresh, organic vegetables from Everybody’s Store and the Rome Store, two family-owned markets that are located close to our home so we have the ingredients.  Now for the creative expression combining healthy with beauty.

 

On another post I will carry on about the amazing yoga retreat called Blue Spirit where we stayed in Nosara, Costa Rica.  In the meantime, eat healthy and spend time in nature.  The Earth is much more that just a home!  And get ready for the 45th annual Earth Day coming up soon April 22, 2015.

In the meantime, check out our Super Earth Day Sale on Nature Music.  Always something good at sounding.com!

Have you heard about children with Nature Deficit Disorder?

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein

4 kids in treeApril is here, the month of spring emerging and anticipation of the resurrection of all of nature. It’s also the time that many of us acknowledge and celebrate Earth Day. But did you know that today, an unprecedented majority of children in modern societies have what is being called ‘Nature Deficit Disorder?’  That wouldn’t apply to the kids sitting in the tree pictured here though, but according to a report on BBC about a three-year study done in Britain, only one-fifth of the children aged 8-12 were ‘connected to nature.’  That means four-fifths or a staggering 80% of children have little or no connection with nature.

Why should this matter?  In recent years, a lot of research has focused on the negative effects that result from lack of contact with nature.  In 2012, Britain’s National Trust published a report on the phenomenon of ‘nature deficit disorder.’   Though it is not yet recognized as a medical condition, this lack of connection with nature can have harmful, long lasting effects on children of all ages.  With the pervasive use of technology by younger and younger children, the growth of virtual, as opposed to reality-based play is having a profound effect on children’s physical and emotional lives. Mental health disorders including depression and self-harming can often be a result of this nature disconnect.

According to Sue Armstrong-Brown, head of RSPB Britain’s largest nature conservation charity, “improving the natural connection for children is not only good for the youngsters, it is crucial for the future of nature conservation.  If we can grow a generation of children that have a connection to nature and do feel a sense of oneness with it, we then have the force for the future that can save nature and stop us living in a world where nature is declining.”

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Then in 1979, Soundings of the Planet was formed to be a voice of the earth.  Dean had recorded the sounds of dawn in the Arizona desert and added their peaceful music of flute and harp and a whole new genre of music was born.  For over three decades, Dean and Dudley have produced CDs and DVDs that focus on peaceful, natural environments.  In celebration of Earth Day, Soundings of the Planet is offering super discounts on all Soundings albums that include natural sounds including our new 4 Earth CD and 4 Earth DVD of only natural sounds.  Please share with your children, grandchildren, or just enjoy them yourself.