I have recently discovered some extraordinary relaxation CD’s and was able to purchase a few for the Caregiver resource library.
It’s encouraging to hear the work of brilliant musicians and those who work with sound to promote emotional and physical wellness, stress relief, and quality of life . Here is a list of some that I’ve really enjoyed listening to, along with why I appreciate them:
Creative Visualization Meditations by Shakti Gawain. The elements are: grounding, Opening the energy centres, and Affirmations. She has a calming voice, and there is a simplicity in the way she leads you through the imagery process, as she encourages people to “use your imagination in whatever way comes easily to you”. Shakti’s affirmations are uplifting and clear, making them accessible to those who are less familiar with this structure. www.newworldlibrary.com
Light on the water and Make me a river by Zoey Wren are soothing songs that invite the listener to embark on a relaxing and rejuvenating journey. Zoey has composed the pieces, and other musicians join her on the albums. Zoey’s website describes Make me a river as a collection of original spiritual prayers and songs touching on Native American, African, Vedic, and Latin. Light on the water is a collection of solo piano meditations. Zoey teaches others to work with sound as a healing tool for themselves, exploring their own vocalizations and tones. www.zoeywren.com
I was introduced to Songs for the spirit 4 by Karen Drucker during our Vision Board workshop. Drucker sings a series of affirmations using lovely piano accompaniment. Her songs reflect on being content, safe, uplifted; and can be listened to at the start of your day, or anytime you need to take a break and be refreshed. www.karendrucker.com
Caregivers: Perhaps this will inspire you to reach for some music that makes you feel more energized or calm. We would be delighted to hear what you’re listening to!