The Healing Power of Music

“Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows”.    ~Napoleon Bonaparte~

Healing music fills our world and runs through our lives everyday. But we’re so busy we miss the beauty that comes with meaningful music that touches our heart and makes a difference in our daily life. And health issues, anxiety, and depression either take us down or run beneath the surface hidden from the world as we struggle to function. But we don’t have to suffer.
.

.
A few years ago, I developed a chronic health challenge that kept me wired up, and I was in a constant state of anxiety and depression. Then I discovered two sources of healing music. And oh, what glorious sounds.

Stephen Halpern’s incredible music is like nothing you’ve ever heard. He uses music for healing, without melody or continuous rhythm, and it draws you into a natural state of harmony and balance. When I sat quietly and listened to the Chakra Suite, I was embraced in the quiet relaxation and peace I longed for. This music touched my soul, and helped me through a difficult time.

Then there was Il Volo, three amazing young men who brought their glorious music and Italian voices to the world. I didn’t understand the Italian words of most of their songs, but their voices spoke to me about life, and life was meaningful. They are unique, and I felt alive when I listened to their wonderful music.

But as time passed and I felt good again, I forgot and drifted away from my daily music routine. And fatigue, anxiety, and depression crept back in. So I’ve returned to Halpern and Il Volo. Perhaps my angels are teaching me a new lesson, because listening to those two now, I’ve become aware of other voices in the world, the ones we don’t hear as music. But sometimes that music that we don’t hear can fill our hearts with joy and heal our deepest pain, if we listen to its songs.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice for your soul is alive”
~ Eleanor Duse ~

.

.
That healing music is all around us; a song in the wind blowing through trees, waves hitting notes against the shore, bees humming around a flower, or children’s laughter. Now I even whistle with birds in my back yard. Yes, really. Its all music. And our most important song is inside of us. We all have our own voice, the unique way we express ourself. And we have the power to choose our songs.

In the grocery store, one of the clerks always smiles, asks how I’m doing today, and if I want paper or plastic. She sings the same words everyday, and the title of her song is, I care about you. I know because I feel her caring voice expressing the words. (Some really do care) My niece sings with smiles from her wheelchair, and I know writers who put their songs on paper. Ah, the music.

Michael Jackson said, “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” It can lower your stress level, help heal your body, and lift your unhappy soul to new levels of peace and balance. Every day listen to the music your world has for you, and express your own music to others. You have the voice within you to choose your song. Sing it to the world. There’s healing and happiness in sharing the music.

“I wish you songs to sing and joy to share”. . .

Marilyn Fowler, Author
http://www.amazon.com/Granmama-Hill-Country-Marilyn-Fowler/dp/B00QFUJPX2

Are You Following Your PASSION?

Hello & Welcome Friends, Readers, and Visitors,


.

.

Are You Following Your Passion?

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
~ Nelson Mandela ~

 One meaning of passion is to have a strong liking or desire for something.

Passions create personal meaning and satisfaction in life, and add to our purpose for being. We all have those passions, especially during childhood. But in adulthood some of those deep desires, our inner dreams, get lost in the daily muck of activity.

When I was a child, I loved to write poetry. But then I grew up, got married, had children, a career, then…then. What happened? Like many of you I got busy and tucked my passion for writing away somewhere. But I’m one of the lucky ones. When I retired, I remembered it, and I began following the passion I’d left in my childhood. And I’ve just completed my second book, Me And Granmama in The Hill Country in southern dialect, with a video on You Tube reciting the first chapter in costume.
.
Today I’d like to present an excerpt from my Granmama book as narrated by the oldest child, Marilee.

When Mama left, she didn’t say goodbye. She coulda left a note. I was seven years old, and I could read. But she didn’t. Just packed up all her stuff and left fore dawn. I always fixed the toast while she cooked our breakfast, but that mornin I didn’t smell no bacon fryin or coffee perkin. I jumped out of bed and ran through every room in the house lookin everywheres for her, but there was just bare closets and quiet empty places where she used to be.

       I remember my little five-year old brother, Bo, and my little three-year old sister, Janie, sittin on the front steps in our night clothes, holdin hands and wonderin which way Mama went and if she’d ever come back. Didn’t matter though. She was plumb gone, and there weren’t nobody to take care of us. I felt like I were sittin on the edge of a cliff, and somebody pushed me over the side. But there weren’t no place to land.

       I don’t know how long we sat there just starin down the road past the mulberry trees. We was too choked up to say anythin. But time I figured we oughta head for Granmama’s house, there she come runnin up the road waving her arms in the air. “Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord,” she were yellin. “You younguns all right?”

      “We’re okay, Granmama,” I yelled back. “But our Mama’s gone.”

She sat down side us and hugged us close. “I know,” she said. “She come by and said she were leavin for good. Couldn’t change her mind. But don’t you fret none. I’ll raise you up, and your Granpapa will help too. Now let’s get ya’ll dressed and go home for breakfast.”

       Walkin down the road to Granmama’s house that mornin weren’t like no other time I went there. The azaleas was still in full bloom, and the birds was singin and talkin in the sunshine. But weren’t nothin beautiful. My eyes glanced back at our house, and I swallowed the screams in my throat. How could she go off and leave us? How could she…? Weren’t no use. I pushed my hurtin feelins down deep, and squeezed Granmama’s hand tighter.

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”
~ Robert Bresson ~

What’s your passion?
Is there something deep inside that you’ve always wanted to do, but something holds you back? Maybe time, commitments, etc? Are you afraid to even address it, thinking you don’t have what is takes or it wouldn’t amount to anything of value? Or are you even aware of what you might be passionate about, as yet undiscovered? Look for answers to these questions to discover and clarify.

.

.

How To Fill Your PASSION …

Julia Child has a good way to begin. She says, “Find something you’re passionate about, and keep tremendously interested in it.”

List what it would take to fulfill your passion. ie, Create time; Address self-confidence, value, meaning, fear and financial needs.

Write affirmations several times each day to promote confidence.
ie, The time I need is there and I can find it; what I want is extremely valuable and meaningful in my life; I am capable of more than I think, and I am fearless; I am prosperous; I can do this, and I will do it now. If you have financial needs, start out slow, and find ways to move up.

Believe in yourself, and as you gain confidence, go ahead and do what your heart desires. You can make it so. Now.

“I see your Passions expressed gloriously in you Life” …

Much Happiness and be Blessed my Friends,

*Marilyn*
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Echoes-Marilyn-Fowler/dp/1432749498

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Book Review For Soon To Release Book Series By, Novelist Cheri Vause

Hello Friends, Readers and Welcome New Visitors

Product Details
(Author, Cheri Vause’s current new novel)

From The Author of “The Truth and Nothing but Lies” comes a sneak peek book review of her new book series releasing soon by, Cheri Vause, Author/Novelist …

Today I’m pleased to present Cheri Vause’s book titled The Night Shadow, the first in her new mystery series to be released at the end of the year.  A book that will keep you wanting more!

About The Author

Cheri Vause is a Theologian, Photographer, Lecturer, and now Author. For twenty years she taught numerous classes on the Scriptures, Catholic Ladder, and the Sacraments, and has been interviewed on Peoples Internet Radio. Her previous books include The Truth And Nothing But Lies and The Garden of Souls. She was born in New Mexico and traveled extensively with her husband before settling in Texas. She had two sets of twins, born on the same day, fourteen years apart. Now, as a grandmother, she concentrates much of her time on her writing.
.
The Truth and Nothing but Lies
(Cheri Vause, Author/Novelist)

The Night Shadow

From the first page, The Night Shadow grabs you with instant fascination, as a serial killer’s work pulls you into this journey of intrigue, adding surprise at every turn. Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, the author cleverly throws another curve. The story is rife with psychological elements, putting you inside each character’s mind, the motives for suspicious behaviors, misinformation, and murder. As the journey progresses, characters change their masks. Good? Bad? Innocent? Guilty? Suspense rises. And the story takes on new tones along the way.

The road to discovery is traveled by two private investigators, former police officers, pursuing the crafty and illusive killer. Esther and Mac are in their familiar realm of activity, but now with more latitude to cut corners and surpass accepted methods of pursuit. They encounter many clues, lies, and dead ends, but are driven by any means to expose the devious killer and stop the seemingly senseless murders. As they attempt to unravel the pieces, their romantic relationship struggles to survive, each with their own inner pain to deal with. Esther’s over-involvement with the case becomes a reflection of her personal inner turmoil brought to the surface, and plays an important part in the ongoing turn of events.

As the story unfolds, the author guides you from one character, one suspenseful event, one emotional experience to another¾and another¾and another, changing lives in the process. In places, the story seems to approach resolution, but then takes an unexpected turn, and the journey moves on. And everything might be a clue. But many clues are misleading, and you will finally be brought to a most astounding ending.

Summary

In this book, the author presents a fascinating chain of events and, given the many characters involved, you will need to get to know them, for they will turn up again with meaning in the story.  Final resolution on this intriguing journey will invite your re-assessment of where you’ve been, the clues, the surprises, the struggles, the emotional ups and downs you’ve experienced. And you will re-live much of it before you can put the book down. And you will feel very satisfied and gratified. A read you won’t forget.
.
I wish you a fascinating journey immersed in Cheri’s new book series coming to Amazon Soon!

Much Happiness,
Author, Marilyn Fowler

Wonderment In Action

Hello Friends and Welcome Visitors,

Everyday you have a gift. A new 24 hours to create your own experience. You have all the tools you need to color your day with wonderment. Your gift includes sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. What will you create? You run. You hurry to get there. Don’t be late. A job to do. Bills to pay. Food to prepare. Errands to run. Tend to this. Tend to that. Then night comes. Your day has ended. You’ve spent your gift. Did you create time for wonderment?

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” ~   Marcel Proust

Yesterday was a holiday. I took my cup of coffee out on my back patio. I spied a bird in the oak tree. He whistled. Then I whistled. Then he whistled. And I whistled. He said it was a beautiful day with the sun coming up. I told him I was happy to share the morning with him. That’s wonderment.

I looked up to the sky billowing with white clouds between the sun’s rays. An old man with a white beard sat atop the fluffy mass, and a sparkling flower bloomed. That’s wonderment.

I went to the grocery store and ran my cart up and down the aisles. I picked up an apple. A bright red color. I rubbed its smooth skin. I put it to my nose and inhaled its sweet aroma. I saw a woman looking for a greeting card. She didn’t need the walker she had last week. The clerk smiled when I called her by name. That’s wonderment.

I went to a birthday party for my niece and me. I’d wrapped her gift in lavender paper. She wrapped mine the same. We laughed at our coincidence? I savored the coconut cake that melted in my mouth and the almonds that crunched between my teeth. That’s wonderment.

.

.

I heard some talk of politics and problems to be solved. But I heard joy in laughter and felt love in all the hugs. A soft blanket covered the living room floor where my niece’s grandbaby explored her array of toys. My brother played the piano, and she waved her arms to the music. That’s wonderment.

As my eyes took in her world, a poem went through my mind. I watched her playing all alone. Such a little sweetheart, 8 months old.

A little beauty to behold.

Her eyes alive with new delight.

Pure wonderment on her happy face.

Outstretched arms in sweet embrace.

My heart longed to be where she was then.

Oh, if we could but keep those moments in life.

And return to that sweet paradise.

“Wonder is music heard in the heart, is voiceless”.   Rosemary Dobson

 

What do you find at the end of your day? Are you tired? Does your body ache? Is joy in your heart, or just glad it’s over? You have the power to create your music on your self-help road to freedom. The day is your gift, and you experience what you choose to create.

Do what you need to do, but open your eyes to the wonderment that’s there if you choose to see it. You are beautiful. Make each day as beautiful as you are. Look in the mirror and see the wonderment of you. What a blessing you are. That’s wonderment.
.
May your life be filled with Wonder …

 

Much Happiness & Blessings All,
*Marilyn*
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Echoes-Marilyn-Fowler/dp/1432749498

 

 

 

 

 

“Is It Really A Coincidence”?

Hello Friends and Welcome New Friends,

Coincidence, if traced far enough back, becomes inevitable. Hineu

Sometimes I wonder if everything I call a coincidence really is a coincidence. When something out of the ordinary happens and that twinge of amazement is felt inside, some will say, “Oh, it’s just a coincidence”, while with others, these events stir the mind for explanations.

Those amazing events can be gigantic or just small ones we could overlook. The woman I found to edit my book, Silent Echoes, discovered her biological family, lost through adoption, living in the pages of the book she had been hired to edit. Was it just a coincidence she was the person I happened to find for my book? Another time, I needed some groceries, but I was broke. I started to go to my brother’s house to borrow some money, and I found a twenty-dollar bill in the pocket of a coat I hadn’t worn since last year. Coincidence? And what about the former Navy Seal, the only person near by when a woman’s car went over an embankment into a lake, and he was able to get her out of her car. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
.
The concept of randomness and coincidence will be obsolete when people can finally define a formulation of patterned interaction between all things within the universe. Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident …
.

 .
Everything in the universe is energy, and everything, including us, is connected by energy. So through the action of energy, what happens today influences what will happen tomorrow. But going further, maybe different forces move the energy in different ways, depending upon the situation and the nature of the moving force. Some would say its Divine Intervention. Others would say you just happened to be in a certain place at a certain time. Others would blame it on the law of averages. And how much is the result of our own actions?

Many people are content to just accept these events as they come. But others who began asking why when they were children still persist in wanting to know more. Maybe the more we know about the cause and how things work, the better we can manipulate the effect for a better outcome in many of those not so happy coincidental events.There’s much we don’t know about how our universe works, but we do know that our innermost desires are a powerful force that creates energy, and energy creates events in our world. We don’t always know how something we do today may affect someone else’s life tomorrow. And that person may call it a coincidence.
So maybe a good place to start contributing to a happier more peaceful world is within ourselves.

I wish you happy coincidences.

Much Happiness & Blessings,
Marilyn Fowler, Author
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Echoes-Marilyn-Fowler/dp/1432749498

 

 

 

Hello. Welcome to my New Blog Home, The Self-Help Road To Freedom.

Hello and Welcome New Friends,

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
.

       We’re all on a very important journey, our life journey. And as we travel this journey, we take many roads, some positive and some negative. With this blog, we can travel together on our positive self-help road and find ways to overcome the painful physical, mental, and/or emotional challenges that invade our life, and learn to replace them with the love, peace, validation, and freedom we long for on our journey.
.

On a self-help road you take a look at your life everyday. You keep what serves you and learn to release what doesn’t serve you. That takes some inner and outer work. And you’re the only one who can do it. That’s why it’s called self-help. It’s up to you. But you don’t have to do it alone. There’s more help on your journey than you may now realize.

Inner work involves introspection, looking inside at your thoughts and feelings, sorting out what’s in there. You decide what you want to release, what you want to keep, or what you want to create within yourself. Then you use techniques to accomplish positive change. This can be a cleansing experience, and you just might discover how really wonderful you are.

Outer work is finding tools outside yourself to help promote positive change. Sometimes you’ll get “aha” moments from something you see or hear. These could be advice from a trusted friend, a book that reveals enlightenment, talking with someone who’s been there, a new doctor who can help you, etc. Or you might receive comfort from simply sharing your pain with someone who truly hears you and cares.

If you’re a person who follows a spiritual life, that can be your greatest asset. But sometimes pain reduces motivation to practice the very spiritual activities you want to maintain. That’s where love and understanding from others helps keep you on your path. And that’s where a self-help attitude helps you stay in touch with that spiritual essence that shines within you. God speaks, and self-help encourages you to listen.

This road is bumpy at times, and sometimes difficult. But a happy journey is worth it. And like I said, you don’t have do it alone. On this blog, I’ll be writing once each week on all sorts of topics, problems, and challenges. Some of these will come from my own experience, thoughts and feelings, but many will be from your comments, your feedback, your concerns.  So keep those coming.  Let’s travel our self-help road together and help each other.
.

So remember me, as I’m here for you, to help you through those rough & bumpy patch’s in life.
I wish you a most productive and blessed self-help road to Life Freedom …

Much happiness & Blessings, Marilyn
.

Silent Echoes

My current book titled; Silent Echoes
Come Connect With Me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarilynFowler
Come “Like” new FB Page!
And On LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/pub/marilyn-fowler-author/22/90b/371/
Book also available on Amazon.