Have you ever felt intimidated by the idea of singing? Maybe you've been told that you're tone-deaf or have been teased for singing out of tune. Or maybe you just feel self-conscious about expressing yourself vocally. Whatever your reasons, I hear you and I get it - this world has it's own programming of what 'singing' needs to look and sound like... and unfortunately it has caused a lot of people to shut down and not explore their voice as one of their greatest healing instruments.
Singing is not only incredibly beneficial for our soul's creative expression - but studies show that singing boosts our immune system, decreases depression, makes us feel more connected to ourselves and the world, and even increases neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to form new neural connections).
In January I had the opportunity to have a TV feature on The List, where we talked about the benefits of singing for our health and wellbeing. During the segment, we got to explore a little freedom practice. We started by prepping the mind and body with meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, and gentle movement. Then we practiced making simple sounds and vocalizations to help us let go of our inhibitions and express ourselves freely.
The experience was pretty sweet and enjoyable, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share this medicine on good ol' American TV! For those of us who feel intimidated by sharing our voice, I hope this inspires you to give it a try. Remember, singing is not about being perfect or sounding like a professional. It's about expressing yourself authentically and connecting with others in a meaningful way.
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