Sound Medicine by Anime: Using Ancient Solfeggio Frequencies to Destress and Transform Your Daily Life

In recent and even not so recent years I've often found it difficult to relax. Most likely, the sole reason for this is simply that I lead a busy life, caring for our four children and my husband. It doesn't leave a lot of time for me to focus just on me and that means I often end up feeling stressed. It's not like I want or even need a lot of time to myself, but like most mothers, just a half hour here or there is all I desire!

I've often found that in those occasional half hours that I do manage to grab for myself that deep relaxation recordings help me cope with the daily stress in my life and I suppose I first started reaching for them when I was a student. Studying for what seemd to be never-ending exams in the hope of achieving my dream of becoming an English teacher, it was often difficult to wind down at the end of the day.

As the years have gone by, many things have changed. I achieved my dream but found that full-time motherhood became more important to me and that's why I made the almost overwhelmingly difficult choice to stay at home full-time. Not that I made that choice deliberately I might add. When I went on maternity leave just before my second daughter was born, I fully intended on returning to the workplace. However, it just never happened. I briefly thought about how childcare would work out and couldn't bring myself to leave the children with strangers. My parents and my husband's parents had been more than eager to look after their first grandchild but with a second it was more difficult for them and I didn't even ask as I knew it would be too much.

It wasn't an easy decision to stay at home as I had always loved my work and got a great feeling of excitement from helping young people to learn, but it had physically pained me when I had initially left my first baby behind with one set of grandparents whilst I left to educate other children. Somehow, the decision to become a fulltime mother was made for me without me even realising it - it was only as the weeks at home became years at home that at some point I actually thought to myself how did that happen?

These days, with four children who demand my almost every moment, I often look back on what could have been had I managed to secure a permanent job in teaching as soon as I'd qualified. I probably wouldn't have found it just so easy to walk away, and in fact probably wouldn't have done so, but since my early teaching positions were always temporary I just never went back after the birth of my second daughter.

Looking back into my own past always causes me mixed feelings. I know in my heart I've often made what were difficult but ultimately the best choices I could have made at the time, yet I still wonder incessantly about how I could be more productive in society. My husband tells me what I do is enormously important - as a full-time mother, I'm the one who takes the children on medical appointments, nurses them if they're ill and I do most of the school work, all the school runs and house-keeping. But my mind often refuses to quieten, questioning many of the decisions I have made and continue to make. 

Every day I look at working mothers and wonder how they manage and how I would have managed had that been the path I had ended up taking. I have many regrets but also many moments of clarity and when it all starts to become overwhelming help is never far away in the form of one of the many mp3 relaxation cds I have on my ipod. At the moment I'm enjoying some of my many Glenn Harrold recordings, in particular his solfeggio meditations series of which I have three. The recordings are based on an ancient sound system using certain frequencies which correspond to specific worries, stresses, hopes and dreams and I have found them remarkably effective and rather inspirational. Like many similar hypnotherapy/relaxation recordings, they start off helping you focus on breathing techniques which help you drift into a lovely deeply relaxed state before suggestions which help focus on problems or desires in your life. I usuallly fall into a deep sleep fairly quickly and usually awaken with a loud snore just as the recording ends!

What I really love about these recordings though is the background sounds and music, so much so that I actually bought myself a copy of just the background music which is composed and arranged by spiritual musician and healer Ali Calderwood, the man behind Anima.

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Dawn Chorus: Birdsong - Free Sounds of the Morning

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Most agree; there's no sound on earth quite so beautiful as that of the Dawn Chorus - pure birdsong, composed by Mother Nature, unique each and every day!

The Dawn Chorus is the perfect background noise for relaxation and to help keep you focused in the workplace, home, classroom and car.

Babies and children also benefit from birdsong, especially at bedtime when the soft twittering of the birds eases them into a gentle sleep.

What's more is that bird song is proven to make you feel closer to nature throughout the day; everytime you listen you'll feel your tension slip away and your feel-good levels rise!

Unfortunately, most of us rarely get to hear this most amazing of sounds every single morning - as we're either fast asleep in our beds or the sound is drowned out by the double glazed windows and thickly insulated walls of our homes!

However, all is not lost.

We've recorded the Dawn Chorus in an urban environment and you can listen to it free - right here, right now!

What are you waiting for?

Duration: 20 minutes of urban bird song recorded during the Dawn Chorus!

Download birdsong-sample.mp3 (19034.8K)

We'll soon be releasing a series of full length versions of the dawn chorus which will be available for sale on mp3.

If you'd like to be kept notified as to when these are available, just send an email entitled Bird Song to Sinead[at]BreastfeedingMums.com.

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Perfect Relaxation for Parents

B'Mums-Perfect-Relaxation-for-Parents-lulu copy  I've been feeling stressed out lately - as has my husband. Not surprising really, considering we have three young children and both work long hours!

Having created a pregnancy relaxation cd, a breastfeeding relaxation cd and a soothing womb sounds cd in the recent past, I realised I hadn't considered all the poor parents out there like us who aren't pregnant or breastfeeding but simply feeling the strain of family life and work commitments! So over the last few weeks  I set about creating a recording that would allow parents like us a half hour of time alone to destress, relax and  unwind!

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NEW: B'Mums Relaxation CDs and mp3s

Breastfeeding Relaxation   Pregnancy Relaxation     Soothing Womb Sounds

Finally I've got around to making a few more relaxation cds!

Just in time for Christmas, a particularly stressful time for all us mothers, you can now choose from B'Mums Breastfeeding Relaxation, B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation and B'Mums Soothing Womb Sounds which I have to say is working fantastically well at helping my eldest daughter get off to sleep every night as she often finds it difficult to switch off :)

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Win a Pregnancy Relaxation mp3

Bmums_pregnancy_relaxation_mp3 Pregnant? Feeling stressed? Fancy winning a copy of B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3?

I've decided to give away a copy of my 30 minute long pregnancy relaxation mp3 to the best three pregnancy or breastfeeding stories sent to me by Friday 30th November 2007. (See previously published pregnancy stories and breastfeeding stories if you need some inspiration!)

That's it. Simple - email me your story by Friday 30th November 2007!

(Please note: All stories received, whether or not they are winning entries, will be published on www.BreastfeedingMums.com. URLs can be added if required. If you wish your story to remain anonymous that's fine - just provide your first name or a pseudoname to add to the story! However, only the best three entries will receive a pregnancy relaxation mp3. My decision is final and you should only enter the contest on this condition!)

Good Luck!


Calling all Mom Bloggers! Review my mp3

B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3Ever felt like just lying down, switching on your ipod and drifting off into a state of deep relaxation?

Then how about reviewing B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3?

I'm looking for mom bloggers (pregnant preferably!) to help spread the word. So if you run a parenting/ mothering/ pregnancy or breastfeeding blog or website and think you'd like to review B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3, simply email me your name and blog url and I'll send you a link to download your free copy.


Pregnancy Relaxation mp3

Pregnancy_relaxation_cover_3Look in the top left hand corner of this page.

See that little heading Pages? That's new.

See what's written under it? B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3... that's new too.

Go on... press it... you know you want to! (It would make the perfect gift for any pregnant mums (or even moms) you know!

And for all you breastfeeding mums out there, coming very soon... B'Mums Breastfeeding Relaxation mp3 - watch that left hand corner!