Music has always been in my life.
When young I started with the piano lightly, classically addicted to my elder sisters interests. After a light sweep, I swung to the flute. Accidental moments to my first class with a piccolo (solely a parental mistake… strong breath needed to get a non squawky note). And then again a couple of years in, bounced to the saxophone. Following both my eldest brother, and Lisa Simpson.
I feel music so strongly in every aspect of our world these days, strongly configuring emotion and stress removal/avoidance.
One of the strongest souls that has rejuvenated my insight to its wholesome strength is the beautiful violinist and singer, Lettice Rowbotham.
So many approaches to music, be it with amazing Dj beats, and playing alongside an amazing saxophonist on the mountains, regal performances, or just beautifully with friends and family.
Music played a huge role in my treatment following the diagnosis of a brain tumour, after the loss of my man to cancer in 2014.
One of the biggest challenges throughout my recovery was the inability to maintain focus to my thought process, which amalgamated into confusion and stress. Stringing sentences together and absorbing information is hard work with concentration levels low, and the focus needed to even these days to read a book.
It was a frustrating place to be, more so when unable to really communicate this to doctors and my loved ones.
In fact, having the Wholesome World app to anchor my brain on something specific has undoubtedly helped with the training.
“One of the deeply therapeutic outlets was access to music…”
One of the deeply therapeutic outlets was access to music. My mind was distracted enough by the melodies without the need to focus on any information. A simple playlist could export me to a different world simply by closing my eyes and listening to beautiful soundtracks, calming my soul.
“A simple playlist could export me to a different world simply by closing my eyes and listening to beautiful soundtracks…”
I’d love to share a playlist with you from my old friend Lettice who is an incredible positive soul, musician and violinist.
Lettice Rowbotham is a musician and a performer with true style. Her energy is infectious and her talent endless. Beautiful insight to her anywhere you look – but during this crazy COVID time, I’d go for YouTube or Instagram.
Her recent cover of ‘Dance Monkey’, by Tones and I, is meditative in itself. Lettice has been kind enough to contribute one of her playlists from her Spotify that features her favourite tracks for a mellow mind.
Head to Spotify and find Wholesome World to listen to this calm and perfectly curated playlist.
If you need to transport into a different world for a little time then give this go.. We have sneakily added in Lettice’s song, Kiss Me, she co-wrote with Fenna Rodes including the instrumental version. Such a beautiful and meditative track.
Simply to say, anything that you find as a mild mental satiation is in my mind a beautiful ease into calming your moment, day and life.
“Combining music with meditation can deepen the positive effects of both, and bring you greater stress relief. As an added bonus, for many people who are beginners to meditation, or who are perfectionists, music meditation can feel simpler and more instantly relaxing than other forms of practice.”
How to Practice Musical Mediation – Elizabeth Scott PhD
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