Music & Wellbeing

Why is Listening an Act of Self-Compassion?

Music that is personally meaningful can help you stay on track and inspired while making key decisions about life, health, directions, career paths, and everyday priorities.  

Why are Podcasts so popular? 

Well, one reason is that the sound of ideas, honestly delivered, makes us feel right. 

Here are some awesome podcasts related with health to listen to as you get yourself ready for work or your next big thing! 

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Here are some musical vibes to listen to that are scientifically proven to  sustain your creative flow state, while you work. 

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Here are some tunes to give you a relaxing, destressing, short musical break for 2 minutes in the middle of a tough day! 

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Here are some sound/videos to check out if you're trying to sleep better.

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Listen to these tracks if you need both a push and pull to get up and feel energized at the start of your day.

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These days, when I work, I listen to Lo-fi Ambient Jazz music which makes a huge difference to my work flow

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And there's one important thing to remember: What Would Neil Do? 

Check out some of Neil Young's most inspiring tracks that sound like they come from an honest place in his heart.  For me, they connect with the truth! 

 

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Music, Health and Wellbeing

In health education, during Covid19, I have been focusing on the secular area of well-being curriculum design. My (online) course "Music for Health and Wellness" at York University has attracted hundreds of upper-level undergraduates from across the university and internationally in various disciplines (e.g., neuroscience, health sciences, psychology, kinesiology, business) to learn and test effective preventive strategies for maintaining the wellbeing of body and mind.

 

My students learn how to create sound/music micro-interventions for compassionate self-care and caregiving, and offer these interventions to friends, family, and colleagues as part of a community outreach initiative. 

 

Music is a psychosocial and psychophysical determinant of health and wellbeing.

 

Yet, it is currently undersourced and a too-little-tapped resource, despite ubiquitous access with our smart phones and human bodies.

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Self-Compassion as an Ethical Response

Of utmost importance to me is respect, caring, and valuing difference of all manner and kind.

 

When we discuss life choices, compassion is a foundational concern for how I would like us to approach addressing questions of personal and social meaning. Just as the natural elements of water, earth, fire, wind, and space need to be in balance for a healthy ecosystem, so too ethical considerations can be made with a soft voice and strong purpose. 

Recently, as a response to Covid19, I have mentored friends (probono) around the world who are recent graduates of PhD doctoral programs,  Master's, and undergraduate programs, as well as mid-life career professionals, through their next professional challenges.

Happily, I've helped each one of them win competitive educational fellowships, and to get hired into academic positions. I feel joyful that they have found their way through our consultations.  

It has been a process, in each case, of their receiptiveness to my giving compassionate good guidance in how to rethink their identity, how to imagine their potential to give to society, and how to think of themselves in terms of their future becoming. 

 

We are reminded that coming into one's own is not only for oneself; but perhaps, if one is a little lucky and works hard with increased self-belief, to benefit all. 

So that is why I revamped this Mentoring2Success website you're looking at, and am reaching out a hand (virtually) to ask I can offer you any of my career development strategies to help you, or someone you know. These are tough times, so my rates cover our shared time respectfully, yet these are negotiable. Presently I'm offering 20% off for a first booking.