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Peace Music Nature

Peace Through Music & Nature

Dean Evenson has loved nature from his early days as a bird watcher, an Eagle Scout and camping with his family. His peace music began with flute at 10 years old, so as he grew up, the idea of combining nature and music together became a natural course of his life path. In 1979, Dean was one of the first musicians to combine the sounds of nature with his peaceful music and in the process, he helped birth a whole new genre of relaxation and meditation music.

Another influence on his work has been his contact with Native American wisdom that teaches about nature perceiving the Earth as a living being which provides for our physical sustenance. The indigenous people call her Mother Earth and it is this concept that has caught the attention of Dean and Dudley who have dedicated their lives to bringing awareness to the importance of respecting nature. They see nature, not just as a resource for human development, but as having value in itself, for itself. Humans benefit greatly from healthy, natural ecosystems. When nature is out of balance, human populations are affected, not just the animals and plants. It is in all our best interests to do what we can to protect nature and give back to the Earth.

We hope you enjoy this short video of Dean Evenson discussing his philosophy about nature, music and peace.

“When we can relax ourselves into nature and experience the beauty and complexity of the natural world around us, we began to see how we do fit into this amazing system. We realize our responsibility to care for the life that is around us, knowing that life gives back multifold to an energy that’s given into it. You put a seed in the ground, add water and light, and that one little seed grows into a big plant. Some of the plants even have fruits and vegetables that are shareable as food. The natural world is a support system for all life and especially the human population so that we can evolve into greater things. It gives us immense pleasure to be part this beautiful, living system”
~ Dean Evenson

To these ideas of music and nature, Dean adds the concept of peace – both inner and outer peace. For almost four decades, people have been using Dean’s music to support their meditation and healing process. The gentle tones of flute, joined with nature sounds, create a perfect environment of Peace Through Music. When a person experiences inner peace, they will be a peaceful influence on the world around them. Everyone benefits from one individual living in harmony with themselves and their environment.

Thank you for watching and sharing. When you comment on our blog, we will send you a free mp3 track of our music as a thank you. We send you blessings of Peace Through Music!

Breathe In and Meditate with the Sounds of Nature

The Music of this World. Guest blog by Madisyn Taylor, DailyOM co-founder.
The tool most commonly used to focus our minds in meditation is the breath. When we sit down to meditate, drawing our attention inward counteracts our habitual tendency to be scattered. Meditation on the breath helps us gather our energy into our bodies, centering and grounding us in the present moment.

Almost as readily available as our breath are the sounds of the natural world. From rain to wind to the ocean and birds, meditating on these aural manifestations brings us not only a sense of peace, but also an experience of connection to the physical world.

Dudley Evenson meditating oceanIt is easy to get stuck inside our own heads and our individual lives. We get caught up in our goals and plans and almost forget that we live in a world that is always there, humming away in the background. There is an internal shift that occurs when we tune into that background and really give it our attention. It’s as if we are discovering a more expansive world, because we are. We are also experiencing ourselves in relation to something larger. This discovery makes us feel rejuvenated and more expansive.

The vast and ceaselessly churning ocean is an ideal place for meditating on the sounds of nature. Sit quietly and surrender to the sounds of the thundering, crashing waves. Let go of your ambitions and listen. Rivers and lakes also sing their own songs. Even if you live in the middle of a city, the wind howls and whistles and the rain taps out a variety of sounds depending on where it falls ~ on the sidewalk, a tin roof, a car window, or a muddy slope. Tune into these sounds next time you hear them instead of letting them fade into the background. Stop and listen as if you are hearing a sublime piece of music. Let the music of this world take you on a journey of natural sounds.

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Note from Dudley: I hope you enjoyed this guest blog. It was the article I was going to write but then it appeared in my mailbox from DailyOM, one of our favorite sites where we offer several online courses. For years, my husband, Dean Evenson, has recorded the sounds of nature. In fact, Desert Dawn Song, the very first album we made in 1979 included the sounds of dawn in the desert along with our peaceful music and helped to launch a whole new genre of meditation music.

Recently we put together an album and video that are just the sounds of water from four different eco systems.  You can find out about them on our website soundings.com.  Here are links to those projects and special discounts apply.

4 Earth: Natural Sounds of Ocean, Stream, River, Pond (CD)

4 Earth: Scenic Vistas of Ocean, Stream, River, Pond (DVD)

And if you comment on this blog, I’ll send you a free mp3 track of our music. Enjoy!

 

Taking a break in Costa Rica at Deva Premal chant retreat

This will be a short post but Dean and I are very excited to be getting on a plane tonight for Costa Rica where we will take part in a week long Chant and Tantra retreat with our dear friends Deva Premal and Miten and their fabulous flute player Manose.  This is literally the first vacation we have taken that wasn’t part of a business trip.  The setting will be at the exquisite Blue Spirit Resort in Nosara, Costa Rica.  We are all packed and ready with our various techno tools, cameras, recording devices, iPad, etc.  Oh did I say vacation.  Well we are ardent videographers and photographers so that part of it is fun.  Along with yoga, meditation, swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach – this will be a welcome respite for us.  Stay tuned for more pictures and videos.  We hope to come back with renewed energy and with lots of media and musical inspirations to share with you.

Love love love Dudley and DeanDeva Premal Miten D&D

World Sound Healing Day

2015-World Sound Healing DayValentine’s Day, February 14th is the 13th Annual WORLD SOUND HEALING DAY.  You can participate from your home and join many thousands of souls around the world toning AH for the Heart Chakra.  This worldwide healing event is put on by our dear friends Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman who are featured presenters on our SONIC HEALING MEET THE MASTERS VIDEO COURSE.

The purpose of World Sound Healing Day is to:
• Heal Our Planet • Heal Our Waters  • Raise Our Consciousness

To learn more about how to join this amazing gathering and related events visit World Sound Healing Day.  At 12 noon (local time in your time zone), sound forth for 5 minutes with the “AH” tone, created and projected with the energy of compassion and love, sending a sonic valentine to Gaia, our Mother Earth. At that time, you can go to Temple of Sacred Sound to enhance the vibratory effect as we sound together for Global Harmonization, planetary peace and healing. If you cannot tone at 12 noon, sounding anytime during February 14 will help create positive shift and change for our planet on World Sound Healing Day.

Click here for Free download of the ‘Ah’ Training Wave which was created by world renowned Healing Sounds pioneer Jonathan Goldman. It is approximately five minutes long and was designed to be utilized by those who wish to participate in World Sound Healing Day as well as other global toning events.

Be sure to check out Soundings of the Planet’s gentle music for loving Valentine’s Day Sale now.  Music sure does create a mood for romance!
*** And for awhile, I give away a free download for anyone who comments on my posts. ***

How to Meditate Using Mantra

Mantra is a tool that can help us focus and quiet our minds. In Sanskrit, the word mantra means mind protection since using a mantra or short spiritual phrase or affirmation can replace and overcome incessant tape loops and negative thoughts, thus clearing the mind and bringing it to a calm quiet space.

I like to use mantra to clear my mind and prepare for meditation.  Typically, we have a constant dialogue going on within our minds. This inner conversation can range anywhere from the news we heard on the radio, to making a ‘to do list’ or replaying an unpleasant interaction with a friend, co-worker or relative.

It is very difficult to get these thought patterns out of our minds and they especially tend crop up when we are trying to meditate.  This is why in meditation we use several concentration techniques to overcome the busy monkey mind and allow for the one-pointed concentration of the meditation process.  In addition to focusing on the breath as a concentration device, we can use mantra, chanting and affirmations to help clear the mind of unnecessary clutter and allow us to enter a deep state of inner quiet.

A mantra is a short sound or phrase, usually with a spiritual significance which carries a vibration and frequency that extends beyond the simple meaning of its words. In the highest sense, mantras carry thought waves that can energize the prana or life force through constant repetition and they can reach deep into the subconscious mind.  More simply, they can help overcome the mind chatter and prepare the way for an expansion of consciousness.

By becoming aware of the rampant mental processes that we wish to control, we can learn how to use our minds and our voice in harmony to stay focused.  We need a guardian at the gate of our awareness to keep the demons of our mental processes from distracting us and a mantra is one way to do this.

I would love to hear  how you use mantra or affirmations in your own meditation process so post a comment here.  I am also giving away a free mp3 download to people who post comments.

Oh and here are some of the recordings I have created that include my guided affirmations.  Enjoy!

MeditationMoment 1Meditation Moment: 52 Weekly Affirmations
A Sound Sleep 1A Sound Sleep: Guided Meditations with Relaxing Music & Nature Sounds
ChakraMeditations&Tones 1Chakra Meditations & Tones

7 Simple Steps for Stress Free Holidays

Try these seven tips based on the chakras for more peaceful holidays.
You might start by slowing down as my sweet neighbors suggest with this sign.

10 MPHHere come the holidays and with them a bundle of stress triggers and challenges that can take away from the fun and festivity of the season.  While we love to get together with family and friends, sometimes the extra tasks and pressures can add up and create situations that are less than fun and definitely not festive.  Extra shopping, more cooking, cleaning, preparing, crowds, parties, traffic or traveling with flights delayed or other inconveniences can take the fun out of the season.  Then, there are the long-term family patterns replete with buttons that are often pushed right at the dinner table after a few too many glasses of bubbly.  Whatever form it takes, the strain and tension of being overloaded can sometimes rise up and ruin our fun, family time.

So how can we deal with this inevitable stress of the holidays and put the joy back into the season?  Here are some simple steps we can take to uplift our spirits and make sure we don’t get overloaded and react emotionally in the presence of habitual family patterns or simply collapse from exhaustion when we should be having fun.  These seven steps are actually based on the chakra system and begin with the crown or seventh chakra and go down to the root or first chakra.  Check them out and see if they resonate with you.

7_chakraSet Intention (Crown)
Decide in advance how you would like your holiday experience to be.  You can use ideas like – peaceful, meaningful, relaxing, fun.  Whatever words you come up with, you might want to form them into a simple mantra or affirmation to keep in the forefront of your awareness as you go through your socializing.  Remember the aspects of an affirmation are threefold: positive, present tense and repetition.  An example would be ‘I am peaceful and relaxed’ or use whatever idea you want to remind yourself when intensity arises.  Say it often.

Visualize (Third Eye, Mind)
Use mental images to picture how you would like to see the holidays unfold.  You can imagine your home beautifully decorated with family members happily enjoying a home cooked meal and conversing with one another in pleasant tones.  Or you might picture young children playing well together with their new gifts.  Don’t forget to picture yourself attending to your tasks with ease in a relaxed manner.  You may want to focus on the deeper meaning of the holiday you are celebrating and especially the fellowship of gathering together with family and friends.

5_chakraCommunicate (Throat)
Talk to family members and friends that you will be socializing with and make plans so everyone is on the same page.  Get input and add your own ideas.  Try to share the tasks and planning so it isn’t all on one person’s shoulders.  If past holidays were overwhelming, try simplifying your plans.  Consider a potluck instead of one person doing all the cooking.  You might want to add the element of giving back to the community or helping those less fortunate who need some extra holiday cheer.  This will make the holiday much more meaningful to you and your family.

4_chakraCollaborate (Heart)
Invite your family and your friends to be part of your festivities.  Work and play together and enjoy each other’s company.  Remember the love that brought you together in the first place and be careful not to let stress or emotions trigger unnecessary reactions.  This is a time to enjoy and appreciate each other.  Express your gratitude in random ways and you will find it returned to you.  Minimize gossip and politics.  People in the same family often hold different points of view so best to avoid conversations that cause conflict.  The long-term benefits of unconditional love will be the reward.

3_chakraTake Action (Solar Plexis)
If you are hosting a gathering, let yourself enjoy the activities and tasks involved.  Enlist close friends or family members to help you with preparation and logistics.  If you are attending other people’s events, be sure to help in the kitchen and contribute to the workload.  Put on happy holiday music to lift your spirit and remind you of why you are doing all the extra work – the shopping, cooking, cleaning, gifting, decorating and so on.  You may want to take time for yoga or stretching to release pent up energy so you have the vitality you need to carry out all you have assigned yourself to do.

2_chakraEnjoy and Play (Sacral)
Remember the reason for the season and even in the midst of all you are doing, be sure to let yourself feel passion and joy for the blessings in your life, your family, friends, food to eat and roof over your head.  Many people have much less in life and still manage to keep smiling. In fact, a good laugh is always in order, even when the turkey falls on the floor or your dog overturns the holiday tree or a child knocks over a glass and breaks it.  Especially turn your enthusiasm toward your elders or those suffering or in need.  This season is a perfect time to reach out to others who can use a physical or spiritual boost.

1_chakraGrounding (Root)
This is the level where you take care of the basics, the details and all that is necessary to manifest what it is you want.  This is also the place where you can connect with the earth and honor all that it provides for your physical needs.  Be specific and check off the tasks on your list so you can feel you have accomplished what needs to be done.  You also may want to ground out by taking a walk in nature or by taking a few moments to sit quietly in your room or in a sacred place in your home.  In this sanctuary, try playing some peaceful, relaxing music to help remind you of the inner peace you are so wanting in the midst of life’s normal chaos.

I hope these suggestions are helpful and you are able to find peace and fulfillment during the holidays this year.  I welcome any additional suggestions for stress free holidays whether or not they relate to the chakras.  You can see my video on toning with the chakras on our YouTube channel or listen to my chakra meditations and the music my husband, Dean Evenson, and I create at www.soundings.com.

And thanks to my teacher Anodea Judith for her wisdom on manifesting your dreams through your 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.

A Primordial Clear Light Mind

A primordial clear light mind
Is something that we all have within us.
It is not something external to us.
It is on this basis that we can attain enlightenment
When we can see, straightforwardly and non-conceptually,
the nature of our clear light mind
and remain totally absorbed on this nature
without ever regressing from it we have become a Buddha
– The Gelug/Lagyu tradition of Mahamudra

Buddha gardenWhat is this Pure Light Mind that the scripture above speaks of?  Is this something attainable by us mortals or only available to the realm of the Buddha and the Christ?  Modern scientists recognize that our DNA emits light in the form of photons. So even on the physical level, it is understood that we are made up of light.  Fortunately, many people across the ages have been able to access this aspect of their divine mind though their steadfast practice of meditation.  So, although it may take some time and of course personal discipline, there are tools that can help you in your own quest.  The goal of our meditation should be to move us closer to seeing clearly the nature of our mind which is ultimately pure light. Through meditation, we can hope to remove the impediments to this light by letting go of that which causes our suffering – clouds of worry, fear, anger, hatred, envy, craving and self-doubt.  As we let go of these negative emotions, we make way for a more compassionate, joyful and expansive state of being.  Through a regular meditation practice, we can expect to reach a state of inner peace and move that much closer to the realization our divine self.

Do you have trouble clearing your mind of worrisome or busy thoughts?  Fortunately music has been found to help the process.  Here are some of Soundings of the Planet’s meditation albums.