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Finding your true happiness

Hello everyone,
Last night, I participated in the most fascinating and inspiring 60 minutes2impact conference call, presented by Project Starfish America. During this call, Anuradha Kamath spoke about her own journey to happiness, and how she got to where she is today. One vital take away for me from this presentation, is that true happiness stems from blindness. I don’t necessarily mean physiological blindness, this simply means that we become blind to our external world and focus on our internal reality.
Let me illustrate this concept a little further by using my own personal inner connection as an example. As you have read from several of my previous blog posts about wind chimes, rain, and music, you will know that I am strongly connected to what I once thought was merely the music of the world around me. However, this is only one aspect of my sixth sense. I am effected by the vibrations of sound, which includes the music, whether traditional or natural, the gentle click-clack of my keyboard as I type, and the sound of my own voice, whether I am talking to myself or another person, or singing songs that I make up while I am doing my daily tasks. These vibrations resonate through my body, thus filling me with the energy created by the frequencies in which I am naturally tuned. These sound vibrations speak me to me in a very special way. Sometimes the message that my sixth sense receive can be either negative or positive, depending on the frequency of the particular vibrations. Anuradha Kamath told us that we are not the creators of instruments, although people built the instruments with which we have become so familiar over the years. However, the materials to make these instruments are made from natural elements, created by God. These natural vibrations are often times the inspiration for my writing. When I connect with these vibrations, I shut off the outside world, and allow the vibrations of my environment to speak their message to my inner ear, my inner eye sees what these vibrations communicate to me, and from there, the thoughts that stem from these vibrations, flow from my soul, through my body, from my fingers to the keyboard, to the computer screen, which reaches the eyes, ears or fingers of my readers. If my written or spoken words, or even the songs I make up, no matter how silly or nonsensical can effect those around me in a positive way, then I am richly blessed.
If you find that you’re not connected to sound as I am, then use the talents you have and feed off the positive energy you create for others. For example, if you love to cook, and your food has made someone feel better about themselves or their particular situations, then your culinary talents are a source of healing for yourself and those around you.

How do you know what comes easiest to you?
If someone compliments you for any reason, don’t wave it off or push it aside. Take every compliment at face value, because when you pay close attention to the positive things people say about you, then you will discover what comes easy for you. I recommend that you do what comes natural to you, and listen to what people say about the way your talent effects them. If you continue to do things that you don’t like, or continue to judge yourself based on your past, you are causing yourself mental harm. This is also true if you try to focus on the future. Anuradha Kamath suggests that we live in the moment instead of dwelling on our past mistakes , or trying to plan for a future that may never come. If we take time to become blind to our five senses, so that we may tune into our sixth sense, , then we will fine our inner happiness.

final thoughts
Here is one more point Anuradha Kamath made, that I found to be the most inspiring of the entire presentation. When a thought comes to you, don’t take it in, or react it to it right away. Take a mental step back and ask yourself “Is this my thought, or did this thought come from someone else?” If you feel uncomfortable after asking yourself this question, then the thought came from some other source. If you’re out and about, and you witness something that makes you angry or upsets you, don’t react based on these emotions alone. For example, let’s hypothetically suppose that you’re in a grocery store, and you overhear someone mistreating an elderly person, or a child. Don’t simply march over to the abuser and rail at him or her. This will only make the situation worse. However, we are unable to walk away from these types of situations. God has put us here on this earth to help others. It was suggested to me by someone earlier today that we mustn’t pray fro patience, we must pray for wisdom. The wise thing to do in such a situation Is to show compassion to the abuser first. Yes, I’ve been abused before, and I know this one sounds hard, but it really worse. Tell him or her that you understand that he/she may be angry at the helpless victim, but then end by saying, “Please stop,mistreating this person,.” This may seem easier said than done, but you’ll see a much different outcome than the original interaction. I know I need to put that into practice a lot more, because when I hear someone mistreating another person, I rail at the abuser in my head, and sometimes I get very emotionally distraught. This presentation has taught me some valuable lessons, not only for my own life, but also how to positively use my God given talents and my sixth sense to impact my friends and family, as well as those I come in contact with on a daily basis, whether virtually, or face to face. Take control of your life, don’t let it take control of you!

Call to action
I pray dear reader, that this blog post blesses your heart as much as listening to last night night’s 60 minutes2impact call has blessed mine. If you have any thoughts on my post you’d like to share with everyone in the blogosphere, please leave them in the comments below. I also encourage you to like, follow, and share the link to my post with your friends and family, so they can be blessed as well.
Love and prayers to all of you, and have a blessed rest of your night and may God richly bless you in the day ahead. Remember that God has a purpose for you, and your calling is the one thing that comes easiest to you.

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The sounds of our Environment

The definition of Sound

What is sound? Sound isn’t just something we hear with our ears, sound is a relm of wayveforms that contain a set of particular frequencies amplitudes, that continuously swirl with harmonic resonance, (Adams, C., M.D., Healing with Sound, 2012) These waveforms are important to all living creatures. In order for us to communicate with each other, and receive information about our environment, we must truly listen to the sounds that fill our daily lives.

Listening to the world around us

What sounds do you hear either at work in your office, or at home on the couch. Personally, while sitting at my desk in my bedroom, I hear the sound of the air conditioner humming in the window to my left, I hear the fan at my door cooling the other bedrooms and the hallway, my fingers typing on my bluetooth keyboard, and the builtin screenreader on my iPhone and my computer as they read text I have written for a book I am working on entitled Embracing the Healing Power of Music, and while I am writing this post.
As a blind person, it is important for me to pay special attention to these details, in order for me to become oriented to my surroundings. But I have a question for those of you who are sighted. Can you identify the everyday sounds of your environment? Can you truly filter out the sounds that are pleasant to your ear, or do you simply go about your daily life, letting the sounds wash over you without paying any special attention to them? According to Don Campbell, in his book called Healing at the Speed of Sound with Alex Doman, “Sound is everywhere–it is as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat.” Did you know that sound can be just as beneficial to our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being as the food we eat, and the preventative measures we take, such as deciding not to smoke, getting plenty of sleep, and exercise? The health benefits of sound hadn’t been seriously considered until recently, Campbell explains in the introduction to Healing at the Speed of sound 2011.
On a personal note, I have relied on other senses, (especially my hearing) to compensate for my lack of sight, but I didn’t know about the healing venefits of music or sound in general, until I discovered the healing power of music after being emotionally abused. It is important for us to stop what we’re doing for a moment, close our eyes, and let the sounds of nature, and the music we love to hear resonate through our bodies, so that we may receive the health benefits of something as simple as the sound of a bird singing in the trees.
Wake up with pleasant sounds

The sounds you wake up to each morning, have a profound affect on your overall mood during the day. For example, if you wake up to the beep or buzz of an alarm clock, honking car horns, people shouting outside your open window or in another part of your home etc., these sounds can make you feel grumpy and irritable. However, if you wake up to the sounds of birds singing in a tree outside your window, wind chimes blowing in the breeze as I often do, or a song you have specially chosen to wake you up in the morning, these sounds will make you feel calm and bring a smile to your face.

Questions for Self-reflection or discussion
Here are a couple of questions for you to discuss with a friend. You can also write them in a reflection journey. If you wish, you can share your personal answers to these questions in the comments below. Do you wake up to these pleasant sounds, or the busy humdrum of the city? How do the sounds of your environment effect your daily life? When you take a brief moment to truly listen to the sounds that surround you, what have you discovered about your world?

Resources

Adams, Case, PH.D.
Healing With sound,
LOGICAL BOOKS,2012
Campbell, Don/Doman, Alex
Healing at the Speed of Sound
HUDSON STREET PRESS, 2011