Music is our jam! Pun intended 😉 It is a universal language that we can all speak. And its power impacts us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. That is why music is the backbone of our mindfulness practice and at the heart of Wakes. We use it to calm our senses and regain balance. We use it to deep dive into our psyches and process what’s stuck. We use it to deal with the tougher subject matters of life. We use it bolster our meditation practice and quickly hit reset on our mood when it’s headed off the rails.
We have an infatuation with different types of sounds and instruments, and the vibration and tone they create. And we have been inspired by countless cultures and their musical traditions. Sometimes our music sounds shamanic and guttural, other times etheric and peaceful, still other times soulful and jazzy, or folky and fun. We don’t want to restrict the music we make to a specific genre, and that’s why we have two different music projects to represent the main veins of our expression: Nada Wakes and She Wakes.
Music for mindfulness and self discovery. Journey into your inner world on angelic harmonies and the soothing sounds of healing instruments both traditional and new from around the world. Opens your heart and shifts your mindset.
If a picture tells 1000 words these songs hold whole books of stories rich with emotion and vulnerability. Folky, jazz-inspired sounds full of vocal harmony and lyrics worth a second and third listen. Evokes self-reflection and all the feels.
And while we KNOW that you have already experienced first hand the power of music in your life, if you need a bit more “proof” as to why you should prioritize experiencing it on the daily, just listen to all these benefits that various scientific studies have shown make music almost seem like magic!
Music (especially music we like) helps:
- enhance our mood and regulate our emotions (often through the release of dopamine)
- reduce stress
- lessen anxiety and depression
- improve memory
- increase focus and attention
- induce a meditative state
- promote creativity and “divergent” thinking (a key to complex problem solving)
- ease physical pain
- enhance communication and ability to express feelings
- improve cognition
- boost physical performance and endurance
- improve heart health (lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rate, decreases cortisol, and increases endorphins and serotonin levels)
- improve sleep quality
- those with alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, cancer, and hospice patients, and premature babies