Sound Journeys

A long time ago I discovered relaxation music as one of the most amazing ways to really influence my concentration and mood.

Before reading this post, I recommend you click here and listen to this music while reading…  

It is the same music I am now listening to while typing this post!

A friend once introduced me to music by Enya, which I very much enjoyed (and I still do). However, whenever I listened to it while looking for calm or concentration, I felt I wanted something even more ‘basic’, without voices and really not even with a recognizable melody. I found that if I could follow the melody, this would not relax me as my mind was still concentrating on trying to grasp the words, the pauses, the rhythm.

I wanted a music that would draw my concentration on the action I was doing, such as studying, reading or writing, and not on the music itself. I eventually stumbled into Dan Gibson‘s music and from then onwards I have grown to really love his style, which goes from New Age to Jazz music.

Dan Gibson has produced a vast amount of music from the 1980s, all aimed at exploring wildlife and discovering sensations through sound journeys.  He died only a couple of years ago, however there is a massive collection of music you can easily find and buy even online. Dan Gibson’s label, Solitudes, helps you relax, rediscover the emotions of nature and the love for life. Here are the pictures of some of the CDs I have and which I listen to regularly.

I know someone reading this might feel very skeptical, but it is really a matter of trying it. Based on my own experience, these types of music are effective if you listen to them in many different situations, be it while lying down with your eyes closed or while working. Over time, you will learn which sounds of the nature you prefer and not everyone will enjoy all of them.  Also, different sounds will be suited to different situations.

I am no expert, but I have realized that listening to music with sounds of nature helps my mind recall the happiness and beauty of nature. It naturally induces the mind into a state of calm and tranquility. This is something very important if you feel stressed out, or even just a little bit anxious about a task you need to perform.

I have found that Dan Gibson’s music, but also many other music styles with nature sounds, help relaxation and concentration by:

  • improving your breathing
  • relaxing tense muscles
  • improving your mood
  • helping your concentration

Of course, this is not all automatic. It takes time and patience. You need to dedicate sometime to the listening and learn how to improve your breathing and how to ‘follow the music’. Most of all, you need to learn to listen! Sounds obvious, but it is not! You also shouldn’t listen to it too loudly or too softly, as in the first case the music can be irritating and in the second case it is useless. Finally, I have also found that if I listen to it too often, it loses its effect on me. So I try to use it sparingly and not for too long, just like taking a short holiday during my busy daily life!

3 thoughts on “Sound Journeys

    • Kashif, I very often have this kind of thought and lately I have come to realise that pure relaxation to me means really disconnecting from the world forgetting all about internet, phones, computers, cars. If only the modern world evolved into seeing solitude as a positive situation rather than relating it only to loneliness!

  1. I would absolutely recommend “disconnecting”, even for a few hours. One of the greatest attractions of my military re-enacting phase was getting away from being in constant contact – especially when I was on 24-hour pager support for the computer system used by the credit card company for which I worked. Yes, there were some miserable weekends (hot summers, cold winters, rainy days), but even standing in the rain, with NO chance of being paged, “beeped”, or called, had an odd appeal. And it sounds strange, but rain drumming on your steel helmet can actually be relaxing! (Provided you have a waterproof cape to wear! 😉 )

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