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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter from Publisher

Sep 02, 2016 09:45PM

This month’s issue focuses on the healing aspects of music and movement, which have the ability to lighten our spirits, infuse us with positive vibrations and calm our minds.

Our feature article, “Music as Medicine: Music Soothers, Energizes and Heals Us,” by Kathleen Barnes, offers helpful perspective on the role of music in our lives. It brought to mind my favorite movie, The Sound of Music. Filled with joy and hope shared during a difficult time in human history, the beautiful lyrics and melodies are integral to the unfolding of the story that speaks to so many.

As longtime fans of the movie, Kim and I were excited to visit Salzburg, Austria, last summer. We immersed ourselves in everything “Sound of Music”, including two tours, one by bus and another by bike. We watched the video every day at the hotel and sang all of the joyful songs, so good for the heart and soul.

Yet, I hadn’t given much thought to the title song that opens the film until I read this month’s feature. The healing and restorative aspects of music and nature are clearly revealed in the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein lyrics:

The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
Teona and Kim Sound of Music Bike TourThe hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears
My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
that rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies
from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over
stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more

Kim and I are also fans and longtime practitioners of yoga, recognizing the many health benefits it offers. Yoga movement, which has many styles, can strengthen, calm, restore and balance us. It has grown in reach over the years, securing its place in the mainstream with classes around the city in studios, hospitals and even the Colts’ training regimen. Some classes now offer specific health-related applications, including restorative yoga, as Meredith Montgomery explains in “Relax and Unwind.” We invite you to learn even more and meet local yogis in Kelly Hume’s article, “Yoga: Ancient Practice, Timeless Healing.”

May you enjoy music and movement all month and beyond,

Teona Signature

Teona Wright, Publisher

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