Music & Meditation

Music has the power to influence our energy in powerful ways. Music has been a big part of my life and I wanted to create a page that I hoped would offer healing, happiness and refreshment to you.  What is it that you need today? Scan the titles and see what jumps out at you. Follow your instincts. Refresh. Reinvigorate. Reflect. Renew. Let your wisdom be your guide.

Serene music can assist in calming anxiety. These are times when a little serenity and balance may help calm the internal waters of our minds and hearts - and even steady our pulse rates a bit. Marconi Union's "Weightless" was utilized in research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.The findings suggested that serene music (like this) proved nearly as effective in easing hospital patient's jitters as some medication options provided. If this music doesn't do the trick for you, find some other nerve calming music to reclaim your balance as you anticipate moving through your day. Supporting your success - and seeking my own balance. All will be well. ~Kathy~

This post is dedicated to all the organizations and individuals who are "pivoting" during this difficult time. Wherever you are - you are not alone. Thanks to my husband whose organization produced this; he and the North Carolina Master Chorale continues to bring beautiful music and hope into my life. I am wishing you beautiful moments of hope and the knowledge that you are not alone. ~Kathy~

I hope the text of this beautifully haunting song gives you wings for a moment  - when I first heard it, I closed my eyes and imagined myself flying - letting the wind take me away for just a moment - wafting peacefully with the wind. 

The Victor Hugo text that is the basis for this arrangement is designed to inspire courage in the face of adversity. It tells the story of a little bird who feels a tree limb give way beneath her but sings because she has wings to fly. Thanks to my husband who put this song before me - the parking lot performance gives a unique and current performance venue. Here is the text:

Be like a bird
Who halting in her flight
On a limb too slight
Feels it give way beneath her
Yet sings, sings
Knowing she has wings

Wishing you a moment of peace an...

This is one of my favorite songs - when I first had dreams of creating productions like this, Morten Lauridsen's Dirait-On was always on my mind and in my heart. The work is based upon a text translation of a poem by Rilke; the section that inspires reads - "Who you are sustains you eternally, so they say; your very being is nourished by its own enlightened reflection.” For me this text encourages us to recognize and share the best of ourselves with others. I hope it restores your energies. The music is performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich conducting. Let it heal your soul and celebrate the best in you and those you love. ~Kathy~

This Refreshment Zone production is for children of all ages and is intended to facilitate healthy discussions of gifts and talents. The story is written by Kathy Sturgis, PhD, illustrated by Leo Hageman and features the impish vocal talents of narrator and musical conductor Al Sturgis as well as original music and background sounds created and performed by news anchor and Grammy-award winning musician Bill Leslie. Visit Refreshment Zone for original and inspiring content and ordering information for Dance of the Chameleon. This production is dedicated to all who are battling Covid-19 from the front lines and/or from a physical, psychological and spiritual perspective. I hope this brightens your day. ~Kathy~

Music is such a great healer. This week, I found myself driving somewhere and forced myself to listen to some music. I wanted to sing but kind of forgot how to do that - so I had to make a choice and began to sing. After a few minutes I was actually feeling happier, calmer, more optimistic and more like myself. Music does wonders for our soul so today I searched for some new music to put here for you. I hope you enjoy Peder Helland's "Calm Wind" - the nature images will help maintain calm focus while you - breath in - and breath out to the music. (Try finding your favorite song - sing and/or dance - it will increase your endorphins and bring a sense of restored positivity and hope.) Standing with you.... ~Kathy~

There are so many voices - these voices help us stay proactive and informed but, for me, it is tempting to listen more than I should - as I do - fear, imbalance and anxiety build. It is so important right now to segment our receipt of information, find our right action and seek balance. From balance comes a state of well being from which positive action, kindness, leadership and calm emanate. Let this music wash over you today as you recalibrate - find a moment of peace and set an intention for reestablishing balance in this moment. Everything grows stronger from there. ~Kathy~ ("There will Be Rest" by Frank Ticheli and performed by Vox Humana)

There will be rest - and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops, crowned with snow
A reign of rest...

With uncertainty surrounding us with silence and noise - let your love be heard. Find your balance - we need your love, your wisdom and your kindness. Sending love to you and all you hold dear. ~Kathy~ (Let Your Love Be Heard written by Jake Runestad and performed by Voces8)

"Angels, where you soar
Up to God’s own light
Take my own lost bird
On your hearts tonight;
And as grief once more
Mounts to heaven and sings
Let my love be heard
Whispering in your wings"

Let the energy of the violin wrap around you in a warm embrace. Hear the sounds of fresh starts. Breathe for a moment - let your mind rest. Smile gently and find your hope for this moment. Find your rest. ~Kathy~ ("Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams - London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton, Nicola Benedetti on the violin.)

What have been your moments of expansion (i.e., moments that have stretched you in ways that you could not have imagined). These moments may stretch you still or they may be distant and formative memories. These moments hold our life stories - they inspire our growth - and hold life's lessons. Intend to take in the positive lessons - they are here to propel you. ~Kathy~ (Let Eric Whitacre's "Sleep" inspire reflection, expansion and deep breaths - the text Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.")

"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.  
His house is in the village though;  
He will not see me stopping here  
To watch his woods fill up with snow.  

My little horse must think it queer...

In this beautiful time-lapse photography, Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of pollination. Watch hummingbirds, bats and - yes - butterflies! I've been following Schwartzberg's work for many years now and he has some other beautiful works and several TED Talks on gratitude and pollination. I hope you enjoy the miracle of nature and the new beginnings that it invites. ~Kathy~

This has been my work/meditation jam for the last year. When I am creating, I find it helpful to listen to simple and divine music like this. I thank my son for putting this and other interesting minimalistic resources before me - hope you love it and find that it puts you in your zone where creation effortlessly flows - that place where wisdom prevents itself in the quiet space. Wishing you effortless creation. ~Kathy~ (Antico Adagio by Lino Capra Vaccina)

Beautiful footage and music – take a peaceful journey through the seasons as you think about the year ahead. What does this year hold for you? Where will you travel in your work, your relationships and other areas this year? The world is at our feet – if we can just imagine the future vision – put it into words – and then put it into action. One step at a time. One day at a time. Wishing you great success in all that you do. ~Kathy~ (Ola Gjeilo Performed by Tenebrae/Nigel Short)

Invite gentle mindlessness as you slowly breath in and out to the rhythm of this acoustical guitar music. I hope the meditative mood and text speaks to you: "The lights are all around you now. Feel your feet on the ground and your head slowing down as you breath in and you breath out. All is well." Find your rest. ~Kathy~ ("All is well" by Joe Fred)

Sending you so much joy right now - let this music ignite your inner spark. Do a jig if you want to - move your shoulders - smile - let your energy flow from the inside out. Wishing you wonderful energy and collaboration at work, at home and at play today.~Kathy~ (Live performance of "Attaboy" from Goat Rodeo Sessions with Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Yo-Yo Ma)

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