What the World Needs Now Is More Beautiful Music

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
What the World Needs Now Is More Beautiful Music
I believe that music is the highest of all the arts. It penetrates barriers and knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate. It calms shattered nerves, reducing stress. It helps us to heal at every level: physical, emotional and mental. It is the language of the soul.

Years ago as a single mom of three, I experienced firsthand the dramatic effect of music. As I stood at my kitchen sink in a highly agitated state, beautiful piano music filled the room. I literally felt the stress leave my body as the healing power of the music surrounded me. The music was coming from my tenant, who had permission to walk in my house and play the piano. He had no idea I was home.

The effect on me was immediate, whereas if I had taken a pill to calm down it would have taken time, not to mention the possibility of adverse side effects.

Music heals. It improves moods, creating a more positive state of mind that can help keep depression at bay. It stimulates brain cells, resulting in sharper concentration and more alert thinking.

Music can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, thus lowering your risk of stroke and other related health problems. While negative emotions may trigger our pain response, music taps into the neurochemical pathways of healing, releasing endorphins that act as natural painkillers.

According to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, listening to music daily can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 percent. The study also revealed that listening to music allowed people to feel more in control of their pain, thus less disabled by their condition. (1)

Music evokes strong emotions and can alter how we perceive the world around us. It can stimulate certain areas of the brain, speed healing, decrease anxiety and increase optimism. Is there a drug on the market that can claim to do the same without potentially harmful side effects?

Why does music heal? Very little is known about why it has such healing properties. However, there is an ancient philosophical concept, commonly referred to as the harmony of the spheres. Pythagoras believed that the sun, moon and planets all emit their own unique hum based on their orbital revolution and that the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds that are physically imperceptible to the human ear.

For me, that is exactly why music is such a powerful force. It has the ability to touch us at a deep level, ever-reminding us that we are a part of a greater whole, which operates in perfect harmony. It reminds us that our natural state of being is harmonious and helps us realign when we’re stressed and in a state of discordance.

Below is an excerpt from an article called “Music in the Nursery” by Kate Mucci that elegantly describes the miraculous healing power of music.

A tiny infant lies in a neonatal ward. The heat of an incubator replaces the warmth of her mother’s arms; tubes filled with nutrients replace her mother’s milk. Every breath is a struggle. Her underdeveloped heart beats erratically. All around her are other infants in distress — the monitors attached to them bleep in time with their struggle to live. Fear is on the faces of anxious parents hovering as close as possible. Nurses scurry to and fro, dealing with crises every moment…

In the midst of this, a harpist enters the ward. She begins to softly play an ancient lullaby. After a few moments, the monitors steady. Nearly all of the infants breathe more easily; their heart rates steady, and they rest. Many of them fall into deep sleep — the first they have had since the harpist last was here. The nurses relax, and smiles of relief grace the faces of the parents when they see the tiny souls absorbing the healing power of this beautiful music.

Yes, what the world needs now is simply more and more beautiful music.

References:

1. Siedlecki, Sandra L. and Good, Marion. “Effect of music on power, pain, depression and disability.” Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 54.5. June, 2006: 553-562.

Journal of Advanced Nursing Press Release, 5/24/06

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Michael J. Fox Admits Alcohol Helped Him Cope With Parkinson’s Diagnosis Before Therapy
Michael J. Fox was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show to talk about his new TV series, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” on NBC.

During the interview, seen in the clip above, Stern addresses Fox’s Parkinson’s disease and asks him about his decision to quit show business after being diagnosed in 1991. “Was that torture for you? Because you love acting,” asks Stern.

“I just felt helpless,” admits Fox. “It felt unfair in a way … it’s hard to explain.”

“Did you go into therapy right away?” asks Stern and clarifies: “Psychotherapy.”

Fox then admits to waiting a few years before going to therapy, and confesses alcohol was his first resort. “My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily.”

“What’s heavily?” insists Stern.

“I used to drink to party and then, now, I was just drinking alone. Every day.”

“Self medicating?” asks Stern.

“Yeah,” says Fox, adding that this lasted for about a year while he lacked the tools to deal with the diagnosis. He then proceeded to go to therapy and says he learned to take it “one day at a time.”

Watch the video above to learn how Fox’s family helps him deal with his disease, and how it has affected his sex life.

Green – The Huffington Post
Meteor On Alberta Mountie’s Camera Caught While Patrolling On Dark Highway (VIDEO)

MANNING, Alta. – A Mountie patrolling a highway in northern Alberta had a bright spot during his shift — he saw a fireball crossing the sky.

A camera in the cruiser captured it so he could show people what he saw.

Mounties in Manning say the officer was driving on Highway 35 near the hamlet of Hawk Hills on Saturday night when the meteor streaked across the sky.

The Telus World of Science in Edmonton confirmed the sighting.

Manning is about six hours north of Edmonton.

Honor a Great American Legacy by Celebrating National Public Lands Day

Not so long ago, there was nothing partisan about conserving our stunning landscapes, protecting our clean air and water, maintaining intact habitat for wildlife and fish and guaranteeing Americans public places to hunt, fish and recreate. Landmark laws to do that won widespread bipartisan support and were signed by presidents from both parties. Presidents from both parties have taken steps on their own to conserve special places.

As a recent report by the National Wildlife Report points out, however, even something as all-American as our country’s outdoor heritage has become ensnared in divisive politics. The report, “Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding our Economy and Way of Life,” looks at the attacks on our public lands in the form of calls by several state legislatures to take over federally managed lands, the bulk of which are in the West. Throughout the 112th and 113thCongresses, our elected representatives have introduced dozens of bills to sell millions of acres of public land, roll back environmental protections and make logging, drilling and other natural resource extraction the priority over all other uses.

This Saturday, National Public Lands Day, is a good time to remember the incredible legacy handed down to us by farsighted policy makers and advocates from previous generations. Tens of thousands of volunteers nationwide will build trails, restore wildlife habitat, plant trees and pick up litter in national forests, national parks and wildlife refuges. Activities are planned on more than 30 sites across Colorado.

Recent polls show that politicians who don’t value conserving these special places are out of step with the majority of their constituents. A bipartisan survey by Colorado College in Colorado Springs found that a majority of the Rocky Mountain region’s voters support conserving public lands and better enforcement of environmental safeguards. A majority of the respondents oppose selling the region’s public lands.

A 2012 National Wildlife Federation poll of self-identified hunters and anglers showed that a majority believe protecting public lands should be given priority, even if it means limiting energy production on those lands.

Those beliefs are based on sound economics, according to studies by Montana-based Headwaters Economics and the coalition Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development. Those studies found that that areas in the Rocky Mountain West with higher percentages of conserved public lands have experienced higher rates of growth in population, employment and income than areas with fewer public lands managed for conservation. As a region, the West has outperformed other parts of the country in those key economic areas thanks in large part to the quality of life associated with public lands.

Outdoor recreation, including fishing and hunting, are big business, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. The group estimates that outdoor recreation supports 6.1 million jobs nationally and produces $646 billion in spending each year.

The conservative thing to do is to responsibly manage our investment in public lands to ensure this wonderful inheritance produces benefits indefinitely. But our federal lawmakers have failed to adequately protect this important investment. Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1965, with bipartisan backing, to use some of the royalties from offshore oil and gas production to support conservation. Many times, however, these funds have been diverted for other uses and that will happen again if some in Congress get their way.

Our public lands belong to all Americans. The national parks and monuments, wildlife refuges, red-rock canyons, forests and sagebrush steppes found across the country make up America’s big back yard. We’re all on equal footing when we venture into the backcountry in pursuit of a cutthroat trout or a photo of the morning mist slowly revealing granite peaks. These lands provide timber, minerals and fuel as well as clean air and water and wildlife habitat. Our federal agencies are charged with thoughtfully managing the lands for multiple uses without degrading the very qualities that make the places special.

For more information about activities in your area, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/

Ann Morgan is executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s regional office in Boulder, Colo. She formerly served as state director of the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado and Nevada and as an adjunct professor and research fellow at the University of Colorado’s Natural Resources Law Center.

Good News – The Huffington Post
Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Join The ‘Sesame Street’ Gang To Sing Theme Song With Classroom Instruments
To honor the 44th season of “Sesame Street,” Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and others from the “Sesame Street” gang to squeeze into a “Late Night” dressing room and sing “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”

Obviously, it may be one of the happiest things ever recorded in human history.

And did Black Thought of The Roots offer up some rhymes about the “Sesame Street” characters? Yes, Black Thought of The Roots offered up some rhymes about the “Sesame Street” characters. And here they are:

“OK, you heard about, through word of mouth

Big Bird is out, he’s in the house

He’s turnin’ up, with Snuffleup

They’re really gettin’ their hustle up

They stick together like Velcro

There Grover go, there’s Elmo

There’s Cookie Monster there, look he likes

To take selfies with his cell phone

They got a homegirl named Abby

Her last name is Cadabby

I showed her my report card

She said, [Elmo: Not too shabby!]

They got all types of cool kids there

It’s lots of fun if you live there

One thing I keep forgettin’ about Sesame Street…

How do you get there?”

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