4 Ways to Mindfully Engage with Music and Sound

It seems like every day I read a new article articulating the benefits of mindfulness. From incorporating it in healthcare, schools, and business, more and more people and organizations are recognizing how mindfulness can have a positive effect on them. Traditionally, mindfulness has been cultivated through engaging in the mindfulness meditation practices of Buddhism, such […]

Being Music

A few nights ago I was at an event in which we were invited to go on an inward journey with the assistance of a buffalo drum. As I listened to the drumming, I found myself becoming one with it- absorbed and enveloped in the sound waves in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. […]

Embodiment of Sound

Like all of us, I don’t always practice what I preach. Doing what I do for a living, I know about the healthful benefits of making music and how vocalizing is an effective way of relieving stress. Yet I don’t always practice that for myself. But today was different. Today I remembered to create time […]

Playing with Shadow

Shadow. What comes to mind when you think of that word? You may envision a shadow that is created when the path of a direct light source is obstructed by a physical object, but what I’d like to share with you today is the psychological understanding of “shadow.” In psychology, shadow is a concept that […]

Obstacles as Opportunity

Have you ever felt as though you were pushing up against an unmovable force? Sometimes we encounter obstacles in life that feel like they need overcoming, but yet in spite of our best efforts, nothing seems to happen. At these times we can feel angry, tired, defeated, scared, or maybe even more committed to “plow […]

Toning Your Voice

The voice is unique in that it is deeply connected with one’s identity; it is a significant part of who we are and how we express ourselves. Yet, the voice says much more than the words one chooses to speak. The tone, timbre, and melody of the voice can reflect one’s physical state of health, […]

In Gratitude

Hello those of you out there reading this, and welcome to my first blog post on the updated SoundWell Sound Out Blog! My intention in writing this blog is to share my thoughts, ideas, and experiences on music therapy, creativity, wellness and healthy aging, life transitions, grief and loss- or anything else that piques my […]