Whales Point the Way by Mark Nepo Just as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other.
Improves Academic Performance Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory
Cuts Painkiller Use Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids
Illuminate: The Psychic and Healing Arts Expo returns on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The event, produced by Julie King and Itha Trantham, offers intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies, information on numerous subjects, and celebrates the holistic and spiritual communities in the upstate and mountain areas.
Natural Ways to Reduce Pain by Kathleen Barnes Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription
Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut.
How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James Feelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.
“The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care.
A new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education (nafme.org) shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively.