A bit more of the story of my journey…

Before The Brainshift Programs (Former Opera Singer Reveals…) and living at the beach in South Beach, Miami, I lived in New York City and in the Bahamas. Somehow life is perfect

The Brainshift: Vocal Energy Activation Journey

The decision to live in the Bahamas was one I began considering after my first visit there in May 2011. I was not at all sure it would work out, yet I kept dreaming of a beach front home all the while.

The story begins with making lifestyle changes through a regular yoga practice for several years. Though my quality of life had been noticably improving since beginning a regular yoga practice in the spring of 2008,  I was still not as happy as I knew I could be. So in search of something more, between 2008 and 2011, I kept leaving my beautiful Brooklyn home (and my sweet feline Bebe)

Bebe

for ocean places to explore yoga more in depth in a variety of different cultures. I visited a yoga retreat center called Present Moment on the pacific coast of Mexico; took a yoga training course on one coast of…

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A part of my regular meditation practice includes Vocal Meditation. I offer Vocal Meditation in private and group sessions in person in Texas, New York, Miami and the Bahamas. I also private and group offer online sessions. For more information go to:

Guided Meditation Events

There are many different Vocal Meditation practices that I have been given and that have come to me unannounced. This meditative approach to using the voice actually began when I was developing my voice as an instrumentalist in order to sing opera. My very last voice teacher, Bonnie Hamilton taught me how to tune the voice using long, sustained tones like a violinist practices in order to perfectly tune the sound coming from the violin. I learned how to take out the vocal wave called vibrato and to tune the fundamental pitch on the closed vowel sound [ i ] to the center or just above or just below a specific pitch while singing a full operatic tone. Later, when Ragas came into my life, this attention to subtle tuning of pitch continued as a part of the art of North Indian Classical musical tradition. The Ragas that are a part of my Vocal Meditation practice have all appeared to me at various times like newly found friends who bring comfort or fun or beauty into life. I am writing a book about Vocal Meditation in order to share the joy and bliss that all of these Vocal Meditation practices continue to give me.

Today my 10 minute Vocal Meditation practice centered on just one frequency: C 256. Listening to Jonathan Goldman’s Crystal Bowl Chakra Chants as my soundscape and tapping together two C 256 tuning forks, I found myself immersed in C 256. The lower octave (8 notes down) from C 256 is just barely in my range. To vocalize it I make a sort of growling sound that lies deep in my vocal folds. The pitch of C 256 is perfectly comfortable and easy to hum or phonate on a vowel. Today, I began the Vocal Meditation by listening to the tuning forks and their relationship within the accompanying soundscape for quite a while. Then i began to vibrate sound with my voice very softly at both the lower octave C and humming on C 256. I could feel these soft vibrations resonating throughout the bones of my face so I placed my hands on my face as I was sounding. This feeling-hearing experience took my attention to the release of my belly as I would inhale and then downward to the root of my spine where I was seated. The experience was deeply grounding. I felt much like I had during the Quantum Light Breath Meditation by Jeru Kabbal that I learned at WildQuest. Both of these breath experiences feel the same as when I was completely relaxed as I was snorkeling in the Caribbean blue sea while being with wild dolphins.

At the end of the soundscape I had no desire to move on to the next frequency of D 288. I was very content to remain in C 256 feeling a deep connection to the earth and my life here on this planet.

Namaste

This Invocation for Healing the Waters is offered in special response to the Deva of the Dolphins of Bimini, the Deva of the waters of the Caribbean, the Deva of the humans and all life at Wildquest W8 and W9 2015. The chant repeated 11 times or more will purify water everywhere and anywhere you intend.

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Uchu no mugen no
chi kara ga korikotte
makoto no daiwa no
miyoga narinatte

Translation of the text:

The infinite power of the Universe has been crystallized to create an Era of Truth and Great Harmony.

Repeated 11 times for effectiveness

The answer lies within. Right now. That is all we have. That is all that exists. How do we experience right now? How do we experience right now without all of the stuff inside of our mind cluttering up right now? How do we hear the answer we seek right now that lies within right now? 5 Minute Listening Practice to Calm the Mind and Develop Self-Compassion Find a comfortable spot to sit or stand.

It may help to close your eyes. Just listen. Focus your attention on the sounds around you. How many different sounds do you hear? Do they sound close or far away? Are they continuous or do they come and go? What other qualities do you notice as you listen? Now choose one sound and focus all of your attention on just this sound. What else to you notice? What happens to the other sounds? Choose another sound. This time offer your attention to the sound as a loving gesture, as if you are sending love to the sound with energy of your attention. How does your listening change? Now bring your attention back to yourself and your own body. Can you hear the sound of your own breathing? Send the loving energy you sent to the sound to yourself, to the sound of your own breath, your own heartbeat, to the movement of your breath and the pulse of life that flows through you. Do this practice anytime your mind is overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings. I hope this practice brings you inner stillness and peace. Namaste

Every day it seems more and more research appears indicating how much yoga helps people in their every day lives. Not just with reducing stress and bringing a calm state of mind but also with enhancing the ability to think and focus. Below is a graphic that tells some of the story.

Voice Your Life: The Brainshift tools focus on using sound as well as gentle movement to integrate life changes. A yoga posture may be as simple as raising your arms as high as your shoulders or bowing your head slightly while being aware of the flow of your breath.

Every “body” is unique. Even if you can’t ever put yourself into one of the shapes you see below, you can still use your breath,  sound and movement to receive the benefits!

 

yoga infographic

 

During a time of great transition how do you preserve your peace of mind?

This period in my life seems to be asking me this question. Here is my answer.

I have meditated every morning since I have been back in Brooklyn. Most days I have practiced pranayama and asana. I practice a variety of techniques to uplift and focus my thoughts and emotions. I have stayed connected and have reconnected with people and groups of people who feel supportive to me and who focus on the positive and finding solutions. To overcome both joint and emotional pain I have been taking supplements and eating foods that I find balance my body and brain chemistry.

I spend a lot of time researching various subjects on the computer and keep myself entertained nightly on a budget with Netflix streaming.

I continue to read to acquire the knowledge needed to make changes in my life in the arenas of spirit and matter, and in matters financial. I ask for help from those who have more experience than me.

I surrender to the “What Is” of my life on a daily basis, offering gratitude in thought and feeling for all that is there to support me.

How is it working?

Emotions are settling down and thoughts arrive more slowly which allows time for processing.

This is the time of the Turtle in my life: slow, un-rushed with a lot of pauses and very little looking backwards, lest I lose my way forward.

For more about the qualities and virtues of the Turtle and times of transition go to:

http://morningstar.netfirms.com/turtle.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXvzoH3aYZs

Peace

Today I rode my new-used bike in Prospect Park to go to the bank. As of June 12, 2012 I am officially car-free! The other day to get my feline Bebe’s records, I rode to the Vet in a neighborhood that I would always drive to and suffer looking for parking. Riding on one of the many bike paths to get there was a joy! Bikes create sukha (good space) in Brooklyn!

Getting around on a bike is soooooo much more enjoyable than driving a car. On a late Spring, June day like today, it is positively heaven. There are the smells of fresh mown grass in the park and the sweet scent of trees in blossom all around.

Right now I am sitting at my favorite spot near some water falls right off the path near Long Meadow in the park. There is a new bench (dedicated to Sara E. Campbell, 1975-2010) in the perfect spot to hear the water falling and the birds singing. I am watching a small red cardinal and a red breasted robin forage for food.

At the ashram I felt very connected to the many birds that lived there including two chickens. Crazy Henrietta and baby Chick Chick must have escaped from their coop on the property next door. They must have figured out they were safe at an ashram where all be meals are vegetarian. Safe and well-fed! Besides lots of left over homemade bread crumbs, we gave Chick Chick grain from the kitchen.

There are other ways i have become more green since the return to Brooklyn. I have not bought any paper towels. In the kitchen at the ashram we used cloths for clean up. Throwing a few cloths into the laundry I would already be washing seems much more Earth-friendly. Not to mention more cost effective.

There is still a lot more I can do. One of the biggest personal consumptions I became aware of while living in a tent was electricity. I used very little there: a lamp, a fan, a laptop. Back at home as I was clearing out “stuff” I found a large assortment of no longer used electrical devices and a box of orphaned adapters. I notice how many electrical outlets there are in my home. And how many things are plugged into them. And where does the power come from? Basically oil.

So though riding a bike instead of driving a car is one giant step for the return of green on the planet, I have many miles to go to becoming the deep shade of green that I like.

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