The Nature Of Sound – Guided Meditation

The Nature Of Sound – Guided Meditation

The Nature Of Sound – A Guided Meditation

Duration – 4 min – 10 min

Mother Nature in all her wisdom provides us with everything we need to grow and thrive. The sounds made by the natural world are there to help tune the body to the frequency of the earth, the planets and the stars. A secret symphony that guides our health and wellbeing and leads us to connect with the spirit of who and what we are.

  • Develop your natural ability to self heal by listening mindfully to each and every sound as it is made and then dissipates. Allow your breath to be the invisible tether that keeps you connected to the present moment and to your body.
  • If you get lost come back to the earth where you sit and the beating of your own heart. Follow the songs of the natural world to find a prayer that is unique to you.

Ages 5+

Tips For Your Listening Experience

  • Find a comfortable position where you are not going to be disturbed and play the track from start to finish.
  • Listening with headphones will enhance your experience.

Read More On Natures Wonders Here.

“The relationship medicine men and women have with the natural world has taken millennia to evolve, and it’s a relationship sustained through custom, respect, and balance”… 

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The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost Bat, (Macroderma Gigas) has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of bio sonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats can detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super-sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still an adorable creature to behold and worth a second look. Living in a few remote locations in the northern regions of Australia, the Ghost Bat is the only carnivorous bat species we have on our great southern land. Sensitive to habitat disruption, the GB is now listed as threatened.

 

 

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost bat has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of bio sonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats are able to detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark, echolocation is like seeing with sound.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and pigmy style nose but he is – his body is smalll – the name Ghost Bat is given to these night time cuties because of the soft transparency of their wings that glow white in the night sky.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still a very cute creature to behold and definetely worth a second look

Learn More Here – The Nature Conservancy Australia

“The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

“Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.”

Find out more about the Ghost Bat as well as the role ‘The Nature Conservancy has in protecting Australian wildlife and habitat.

Learn More Here –
Ghost Bat: Meet Australia’s False Vampire

by Mathew L Miller

“Ghost bats belong to a group of bats known as false vampires. “False vampire bat” is a term applied to five genera of bats found in Asia, Africa, Australia and Central and South America.”

The artwork and illustrations are hand drawn by Emily as are all the artworks and graphics featured across the website.

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Colour Me A Frog – Wellbeing Activity For Kids and Grownups

Colour Me A Frog – Wellbeing Activity For Kids and Grownups

Colour Me A Frog

Frogs have existed on earth for 250 million years, outliving the dinosaurs and evolving into a myriad of species unique in colour, form and behaviours. Natural habitats rely on amphibians, and without them, the food chain becomes broken, and the habitats die.

More than 4,200 amphibian species are at risk of extinction due to disease, habitat destruction and pollution; that is almost half of all the known species of amphibians on the planet.

Colour Me In

Colour in your own frog and hang it on your wall.
Putting your poster up where people can see will help educate your friends and family about frogs and how important they are to the whole world.

In Sync

In Sync

In Sync

Music could hold the key to improving student engagement and learning.
Could listening to music before classroom tasks enhance the social and emotional bonds of students, enhance cognitive function and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our kids?

Music influences our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and it can also increase our ability to consolidate and store memories, learn new things and increase our social and emotional intelligence. When infant children are exposed to music with play, studies show their speech patterns, theory of mind and the ability to predict rhythms are enhanced.

Sharing music, making music and dancing with music makes us closer in physical proximity but it also means our brains are closer too. Science proves that the quality of music we listen to, sharing the listening experience and making music brings us closer together by syncing our brain waves, changing our chemistry and helping us work in unison.

Music And Dementia

In 2014 the film ‘Alive Inside’ chronicled the lives of Dementia patients in care homes that were given Ipods with their choice of music to listen to in an attempt to see whether music can help retrieve memories and stimulate communication.

The result was startling as Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett along with a team of  healthcare mavericks including Dan Cohen, founder of the Music and Mind Foundation watched patients previously locked in the minds, inert and silent suddenly light up and begin singing along to their music.

In the moments after listening to familiar songs the patients were able to retrieve memories long forgotten, sing songs and remember lyrics and communicate verbally after being completely silent and unmoved for years.

This documentary spearheaded research into how music activates areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion. Scientists know that music has the potential to increase working memory and in the case of dementia patients help in the retrieval of memories, the management of behavioural problems and can assist with coordination, verbal communication, cognition and overall wellbeing.

Alive Inside – Alzheimers Documentary
ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.

https://youtu.be/IaB5Egej0TQ
Dan Cohen, MSW, is the founding Executive Director of Music & Memory, Inc. He combines an extensive background in high tech training, corporate sales and software applications with social work, specialising in vocational rehabilitation and community service organising.

 


Two Minds Really Do Think Alike

Suzanne Dikker cognitive neuroscientist explores the interaction between art, concentration and mental synchronicity to understand our social connections and our behaviour.

Her projects include the use of EEG ( electroencephalogram ) to study the brains of high school students. She discovers that students who’s brain waves are in synch feel a greater sense of wellbeing in the classroom, perform better cogntively and show high classroom engagement.

 

SUZANNE DIKKER

cognitive neuroscience | art | ed

with David Poeppel, Dana Bevilacqua, Lu Wan, Mingzhou Ding, Lisa Kaggen, Ido Davidesco & Matthias Oostrik

We work with high schools to investigate the brain basis of classroom interactions. Students are involved in the design and execution of the research and participate as experimental subjects while we record their brain activity during their regular classes.

http://www.suzannedikker.net/projects

 

Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds

Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

 According to researchers, when we try to synch with others musically—keeping the beat or harmonizing, for example—we tend to feel positive social feelings towards those with whom we’re synchronizing, even if that person is not visible to us or not in the same room. 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/four_ways_music_strengthens_social_bonds

 

Synchronised brainwaves a sign of positive feelings


A classroom study finds that brainwave synchronisation is a reliable marker of interpersonal feelings and class engagement, writes Andrew Masterson.

Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

In a report published in the journal Current Biology, Dikker and her colleagues establish that brain synchronisation between students is a reliable marker of how well they like each other, and how they feel about the lesson they are undertaking.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/synchronised-brainwaves-a-sign-of-positive-feelings

 

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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Prana Yum

Prana Yum

Used for millennia as a gateway to self-mastery and a tool for self-healing, self-awareness and self-realisation, the breath sits at the centre of what determines real, and unreal. Harnessing the breath gives you the power to reshape the mind and body, bend space and time and extend your life.

Most of us never pay attention to the way we breathe and haven’t the faintest clue that the way we breathe impacts every single facet of our life on earth. From how well our body functions, to our moods, our chemistry, our relationships and the career we choose; our breath is a compass for the direction we take in life.

When you breathe your body takes in vital oxygen which ignites the cells in your body – helping them to release energy and drive the activities of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

The balance of the inhalation and the exhalation is vital to the stability of the brain and the body and your life – because your internal imbalances become your external ones as well – a balanced breath keeps a balanced mind.

 

Pranayama is as an esoteric and energetic practice with a range of techniques that enhance your physiology and your psychology. Some methods can warm you up, cool you down, keep you alert, put you to sleep and keep you alive without the need for food and water.

Pranayama is a branch of the yoga tree and is fundamental to experiencing the unification of mind and body. (Which is in fact is what yoga is; the unification of the mind and body using thebreath).  In practicing pranayama you learn to extend the length of the breath in a range of different techniques and eventually minimise the amount of breathing you do. The longer and deeper you breathe increases the length and quality of your life.

Pranic practices have the potential to alter your sensory perceptions, your biology and keep you in suspended animation – with some yogis like Sadguru, sitting for 12 days in a trance without food and water. Along with the potential to transcend the mind and the physical body – Pranayama practices have the potential to upgrade your mental software, increasing your intelligence and your awareness and lead you to the path of spiritual enlightenment.

The Science of The Yogic Breath

Sundar Balasubramanian | TEDxCharleston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIfwbEvXtwo&list=PL9uvtvecXuuAMLT2S66K8k3bRTAd9DEIP

Rather than examining what takes your breath away, Sundar Balasubramanian, a radiation oncology researcher studies what breath gives you. A deep breath relaxes, and he explains it creates significant beneficial changes in physiologically relevant biomarkers.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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