Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New England Seashore sounds

The Moodstreams catalog has a new nature soundtrack, "New England Seashore". It's the classic sound of waves washing up on a Northeast beach. My previous ocean recordings were made on West Coast beaches, and for those of you have visited both coasts, you know there is a BIG difference between Pacific Ocean waves and Atlantic Ocean waves. The Pacific is powerful and vigorous, while the Atlantic is generally more calm and gentle. So you might say that on the West coast, waves "crash" on the beach, but in New England, waves "wash" up on the beach. The recording technique for "New England Seashore" is different as well - I place the stereo microphone a short distance back from the highest point on the beach that the waves reach. In my Pacific recordings, I perched the microphone over the waves and allowed the waves to wash past the microphone. So "New England Seashore" offers a more distant listening experience, as opposed to the more immersive experience of "Pacific Tidepool" or "SoCal Beach". So now you have a choice based on your personal listening preference. Check out the catalog to compare all the sounds.

Friday, March 13, 2009

10 Questions with Paul Nguyen

I am currently featured on the Transparent Hypnotist's "10 Questions for Hypnotists". The column runs Fridays, and asks different hypnotists the same 10 questions. Check it out, and thanks for reading!

You thought proper breathing was automatic...

... but in reality, most people don't breathe correctly at all. Stress produces shallow breathing, which, in turn, produces yet more stress! According to this article I came across, improper breathing can also result in lower metabolic activity, decreased energy, a weakened immune system, and numerous other problems.

And we already know that proper breathing is essential to all relaxation and meditative practices. Learning to breathe the right way automatically increases your level of relaxation.

Shallow, improper breathing is done with only the chest. Full, correct breathing starts in the abdomen, allowing the diaphragm to flex naturally.

Begin your inhalation by pushing your belly out and downward. Then let the diaphragm flex to fill your lungs, as your chest expands to it's full capacity. Begin the exhalation in your chest, and let the air leave your lungs naturally. Lastly, pull your belly upward and inward.

So inhalation begins in the abdomen and finishes in the chest. Exhalation begins in the chest and finishes in the abdomen. Practice this, and see how much better you feel!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Summer Twilight

Meditation Getaways - Summer Twilight -

Our subconscious mind takes us on a trip to a grassy meadow on a Summer afternoon, with crickets chirping and other insects buzzing about. In the gentle breeze, the tall grass sways back and forth rhythmically like waves on an ocean. As afternoon turns to twilight, and then to evening, the sights and sounds change, and we arrive at a pond surrounded by a glade of trees. In the dark, we are greeted by firefly-like particles of light that behave with incredible purpose and intelligence beyond our own, and they bestow us with the incredible gift of healing.

This guided meditation features two soundtracks as background sounds: "Summer Meadow" and "Evening by the Pond".