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While listening to Francis Cabrel, one of my favorite songwriters from France, I set to working with Photoshop, and this is the result:

Oracle of the Cavern ©2009 WildGoddess

Indwelling Oracle of the Sacred Cave ©2009 WildGoddess

I find that there’s nothing more inspiring for me while working on my art than when I’m listening to plain old good music while I’m doing it.  It always seems to work together somehow – jammin’ sound uplifts and encourages me and keeps my creative juices flowing fast. Hopefully, it’s reciprocal – the artwork I or another artist create may someday inspire those who write and/or perform music as well.

What do I like to listen to? My taste in music runs all over the place!  I listen to jazz, reggaeton, pop, world music, country, Brazilian, Afro-Latin, hip-hop, classical, experimental – and on and on and on.  I’m a singer/songwriter myself, so I always love listening to other songwriters, especially guitarists like Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews – oh boy, there’s just no limit there!

Grove of the Sacred Tortoise ©2009 WildGoddess

Grove of the Sacred Tortoise ©2009 WildGoddess 22" x 22" Digital print

Now I gotta go all “mystical” on you again!  I have also been doing mantra chanting for the last six months, and I have experienced a marked improvement in most aspects of my life, including my creativity.

I began the practice out of a desire to grow in my spirituality, and hopefully improve more tangible needs, such as finances, etc., but I’ve experienced some surprising improvements in areas I would have never expected, including how I “see” as an artist.  I sense a difference in my artwork, too – what do you think?

At first it takes some discipline; I chant every morning and evening for about 20 minutes, but after the first 30 days, the chanting became easier to do and began to feel soothing and more “comfortable,” for lack of a better word.

If you’d like to learn more about mantra chanting, go here and here.  I highly recommend it.

And now, enjoy this video by my beloved Francis Cabrel:

“Je t’aimais, je t’aime et je t’aimerai”

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. . and lay all your troubles down. Enjoy this Sunrise Ceremony chant at the Haleakala Volcano on Maui. What a gift!

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"Urbanity I" - ©2008 WildGoddess

"Urbanity I" - ©2008 WildGoddess

I’m welcoming myself back to blogging after a loooong absence!

I’ve been quite busy during that time. I’ve been diligently working away at not only my art, but also trying to expand my own awareness of myself and my intentions, as well as counseling clients who are interested in accomplishing the same thing. After all, how can we know the world, if we don’t know the world that lives within our own nature?

One of the practices I’ve been working with lately is toning. Toning is an established healing and relaxation technique that many use, including sound therapists. It consists of creating a sound (preferably a vowel sound, such as “oo”), and holding it on the breath until it fades out. This is a natural practice for me, because I’m a singer. But anyone can jump right in and do it!

Toning is great because it helps relieve stress as it calms and centers me. On top of that, I enjoy it because it strengthens the voice itself. It a great warm-up!

I begin by choosing a vowel, such as “a”, and gently using my breath, begin to tone it using my lower register low note to start. Then I move up the scale using that same vowel. After I’ve gone up the scale six or eight notes, I begin again in my lower register, this time toning each vowel sound before moving to the next note on the scale.

I allow these tones to flow naturally and gently on my breath – remember, this is not singing!  It’s not about power or sounding perfect or even the volume, it’s about exploring and playing with the sound that’s within you.

I urge you to give it a try; maybe in the shower. It’s also great to do when beginning a meditation session or especially when you’re in your car stuck in an annoying traffic jam (it keeps you real calm!)  For more information, check out Diane Mandle’s Sound Energy Healing blog.

p.s. I’ve got some beautiful new art up at my online store if you’d like to see it.

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