Friday, November 28, 2008

"Meditation Getaways" is here!

Hello relaxers and meditators!
I have unveiled the first of my series of guided meditation free podcasts, which I have called "Meditation Getaways". They are designed to be a fun exercise in using imagination, incorporating visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and even olfactory imagination. Each meditation uses one or more of the available Moodstreams soundtracks as a background sound and to facilitate the imagery.

The first episode --Stream and Birds-- uses the "Water Flows Beneath Us" soundtrack as a background, as I guide you on a virtual experience in the wilderness of the Northeastern U.S. We will exercise our mental and spiritual "muscles" to exchange energy with the Earth, and practice utilizing our Sphere of Consciousness. It is a relaxing, immersive, enlightening experience.

Thanks for listening, and of course, feedback is always appreciated.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New online video to relax to, and don't forget the discount!

Hey fans of relaxation,

In my ongoing quest to provide the ultimate relaxation media in digital format, I've created a new 10-minute video of nature sounds and gallery photos (along with some other images) that is embedded right smack in the Moodstreams home page. Look for it at the bottom left of the home page, and you can also view it in the "videos" menu to the right of blog post. It is, of course, free, and is intended to provide a nice mid-day relaxation break for all of us who are stressed about work and the economy... which includes everybody these days, right?

With the holidays coming up, don't forget about the discount code "BLOGREADER" which you can use on all purchases from the Moodstreams Catalog to get a whopping 25% off of your order until the end of 2008. Speaking of stress, what could be more stressful than the holidays, with all the pressure to buy the right gifts for everyone, and that false sense of urgency that is created by the media and then propagated through everyone else. That is why I am doing my part to NOT remind you that the holidays are approaching at a breakneck pace, and NOT remind you that Christmas is only 37 days away, and NOT remind you that time is running out get the idea. ;)

Why not give the gift of relaxation this year, for yourself or a loved one?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Soundtrack is here: Autumn Cricket Song

Hey fans of nature sounds,

As promised earlier, I have delivered the goods and released a new nature sound based on my recent Autumn recordings. It is called "Autumn Cricket Song", and is a mellow recording of a chirping cricket or two on a balmy late October afternoon. You may be saying, "But you already have a recording of crickets in 'Summer Meadow'". You'd be right, but this one is different, because if you compare the two, "Autumn Cricket Song" is much less "busy", as the insects are well past their peak activity by October, and are just hanging on to those last few warm days before the frost sets in and sends everyone home for the year. The new recording is thus more spacious, with more "breathing room" and no insects flying about across the soundscape. Some might find it a more sedate alternative to "Summer Meadow" for relaxation, meditation, or sleep.
This may be the last soundtrack I release this season, since my other Autumn recordings were overloaded with too much wind noise and so I didn't find that they'd have much listening value for anyone but the most die hard fans...of wind noise. I mean, we're not talking wind noise as in the sound of wind softly blowing through tall grass or branches (which would be quite relaxing actually). This is the sound of wind blowing through leaves so hard that all you hear on a recording is a sheet of plain white noise with no definition, no dynamic range, and very little variation. Really not very "natural" sounding at all.
Recording season may be coming to an end, with Autumn chugging along as it is. The weather has been mild lately, which does mean that birds and insects will be active for a little while longer, but hunting season has begun, which makes a nature recordist's job all the more tricky! Not only do the sounds of gunshots from miles away rudely insert themselves into our recordings at inopportune times, but now we have to live in constant fear of being mistaken for game as we go tiptoeing furtively through state forests wearing cryptic woodland colors. See, the paradox of this time of year is that to minimize detection by forest creatures, which we would like to discreetly record if possible, we dress and act in a manner that also puts us at risk of not being properly detected and identified as humans by other humans. And when those other humans are carrying guns and have the intention of shooting some of the aforementioned forest creatures, you can see how the situation can quickly turn ugly. So the bottom line is that it's best if I stay indoors for a while.
And that's okay, because it will give me a chance to work on some of those meditation podcasts that I mentioned in my last post.

Back to soundtracks for relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The "triumvirate" is complete

Hey there, fans o' relaxin', meditatin', and hypnotizin',

The triumvirate of hypnosis recordings is now complete, as promised. I have added the new stress management hypnosis session to the catalog. It's called "Learn How to Relax with Hypnosis" because it not only relaxes you while you are listening to it, but also teaches you how to trigger relaxation at will in your everyday life, and how to become a more calm, relaxed, and confident person in every way. It has a background sound of falling rain, with alpha-theta brainwave entrainment embedded within it, and sounds very soothing. I decided to do something different for this session, so I opted not to go with the same musical background as I used for the other two hypnosis sessions. Call it an artistic decision, I guess! Listen to the sample and let me know what you think. Some people may prefer the music background, some may prefer the rain.

What's next at Moodstreams? One or two new nature soundtracks of the New England Autumn may be released soon, depending on what I'm able to get out of the recordings I made last week. It's been a great Autumn so far, and we've had insects and birds chirping through the end of October, with all the moderate days we've had in the last couple of weeks.

And then: I may launch a series of free, periodic podcasts in which I offer guided meditations with my nature sounds as backgrounds. It would be called "Meditation Getaways", or something like that, because the meditations would guide listeners on these little imaginary escapes/adventures in locations based on the sounds in my nature recordings. It would just be a fun way to use your imagination and relieve stress at the same time. I feel like, as adults, we don't use our imaginations nearly enough. We're taught that we need to "grow up" and that only kids get to make believe and use their imaginations. So as adults, we are stifled and pigeon-holed into doing analytical tasks and focusing on 'reality' at the expense of our natural, inherent creativity. Basically, unless you are an artist by trade, adults aren't really expected to use the right (creative half) of their brain at all. Well that's just a load of baloney in my opinion! We need to learn to be "kids at heart" and use our imagination and pure creative abilities throughout our whole lives. There's absolutely no reason to ever grow out of that.
Okay, after that rant, I am DEFINITELY going to be doing Meditation Getaways. It's probably still a few weeks away, but stay tuned and stay relaxed!

Back to Moodstreams, relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis.