One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood, comes from my bedtime ritual growing up on Hempstead Rd in Toledo, Ohio.
For whatever reason, for most of my life I've been a nervous wreck. Whether it was taking a test in school, trying to summon up the courage to ask a girl out, playing a sporting event or simply going about my day, I couldn't calm my mind.
In fact, my nerves were the reason I quit playing baseball when I was in 5th grade. I was the pitcher for my team but before every game I would get super sick to my stomach and be saddled with anxiety. It got to the point that I couldn't take it anymore and stopped playing. As an aside, pretty sad that I did, because I was pretty darn good. Oh well...
Having said that, there was one thing I did as I was falling asleep at night that soothed my mind and made me feel like it was all going to be ok. My mom would come in and turn on the radio to a program called "Music From The Hearts Of Space".
It was the most calming, relaxing music. Often it was simply sounds and tones (almost like hearing whales under water) that quieted my mind and let me feel like there was something so much bigger going on than the thoughts in my head.
Ever since then, my go to (other than meditation) when I needed to calm my racing thoughts has been super relaxing, chill music.
Over the last handful of years, I've learned that what this soothing music does is resonate in such a way that it allows our brain waves to slow down from Beta (higher frequency with lots of activity) to Alpha (slower frequency with more clarity). Whalla...a form of meditation!
So unbeknownst to me at the time, this was, in essence, my first experience with meditation.
I share this story with you so that it can perhaps shine a light on another modality (in addition to meditation) we can use to reduce some anxiety and stress in our lives.
Peace, love and joy,
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