We picked up a copy of Time Magazine recently because of this awesome cover article on mindfulness. It is satisfying to learn that what we have been working on for over four decades has reached the mainstream with cover stories such as this. The article talks about how technology and our many devices have fractured our attention to such an extent that we are never able to give our full attention to any one thing. Fortunately, through a practice of mindfulness and meditation, we can learn to focus and use various techniques to quiet our busy minds and become more aware of the present moment.
Since Dean and I first began meditating in the early 70s, we have seen the benefits that such a practice can bring to our daily lives. We have also learned that the peaceful music we create can also help the process of centering and calming the mind and body and help bring about a deeper sense of inner peace.
The good news is that these same mental training techniques are used by people in all walks of life from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 titans and soccer moms to students wanting to enhance their learning and people dealing with health issues. One technique discussed in the article is called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and was developed in 1979 (the same year we founded Soundings of the Planet) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an MIT educated scientist with a PhD. degree in Molecular Biology (like Dean Evenson’s Masters in Molecular Biology). We have had the privilege of meeting Jon many times at the various mind-body conferences. He is also the son-in-law of author and social activist, Howard Zinn, but that’s another story. In fact, Jon and his wife Myla told us that every morning they wake up listening to us on their alarm clock which is set to play Soundings of the Planet’s music. Now that’s a good way to begin the day with Peace Through Music!
If you are interested in using music to support your meditation and mindfulness practice or simply to reduce stress in your life, here is some of our music that is good for meditation.