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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sonic Explorations Native Flute Meditation

My work as a counselor has led me into mindfulness and music that is healing and relaxing.  Here is a link to my second Native American Flute Album which can be purchased and downloaded at gregcarpenter.bandcamp.com (with purchase a bonus download of a very brief guided meditation "All Is Well" set to Native American Flute music is available).

Album Notes
Kristin: "Greg, I have an opening in two weeks at Quantum."
Greg: "You want to do something new?"
Kristin: "What do you have in mind?"
Greg: "How about an all native flute and singing bowl sound meditation?"
Kristin: "Let's do it!"
Thus our first collaboration on a Flute & Singing Bowl Sound Meditation was born. So we gathered at Kristin's Quantum Health & Wellness Center and were more than pleased with the meditative effect from the drone of her multiple singing bowls and a variety of different native flutes. This album "Sonic Explorations" is a live recording from this event.
The Sound Meditation has the drone from eight different crystal singing bowls flowing underneath the following different Native American Flutes.
1. White Raven Bass E Native American Flute F#
2. Singing Tree Middle Eastern Scale Flute
3. Singing Tree F# NAF
4. White Raven E Didgeridoo
5. High Spirits D Bass NAF
6. Singing Tree Middle Eastern Scale Flute G#
7. Burmese Whirling Gong
8. Blue Bear River Reed F# NAF
9. Singing Tree Done B-flat NAF
10. High Spirits High E NAF
credits
Greg Carpenter - Native American Flutes & Didgeridoo
Kristin Johnston - Crystal Singing Bowls

Photo and Album Cover design by Greg Carpenter


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Passages

My journey into Sound Therapy and Group Sound Meditations, I have put together my first flute album "Passages."  This album is dedicated to my mother Mary Lou Carpenter, whose journey on earth ended on September 4th, 2019.  She loved hearing my Native American Flute, especially as her energy waned toward the end.  I was blessed to have her love, support and encouragement for so long at 91 years of age.

Most of the songs were from live recordings that I performed at Group Sound Meditations. By clicking on the link below, you can also sample each song with no charge or obligation to purchase for up to three times. This has been a work in progress of selecting, editing, naming and what not for the past couple of months. I have a new appreciation for what musicians put into their self published work. Thanks to my friends and family for their support and in particular to the challenge and encouragement from my friends to get this done! Here is the link

Click below to sample my new flute album.
"Passages"

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Native Flute & Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation

Event: Native Flute and Singing Bowl Meditation at Quantum Health & Wellness

When: October 27th 11 am - 12 noon


Loction: Quantum HW 
549 Central Ave. Seekonk Ma.

Sound Sample:  Here is 8 minute recording from our last performance with this well blended instruments.   click here

Description:
Need a break from fast pace, high stress, modern day living? Sound Meditation can help! RELAX & RECHARGE with Greg Carpenter and Kristin Johnston for an hour long sound bath of Native American/Middle Eastern Flutes and Cyrstal Singing Bowls. Bring whatever you need to make your experience the most comfortable; blankets, pillows, meditations cushions or your own portable chair.

Costs:$30 to pre-register
$35 at the door

To register:
Contact Quantum H&W by calling 508.639.9106 or email at info@quantumhw.com
Website: www.quantumhw.com

Monday, August 26, 2019

Letting In The Good


Psychologist, author and mindfulness expert Dr. Rick Hanson, talks about the Negativity Bias. In simple terms, this means that our brain is primarily wired for survival. As far as memory goes, it is more interested in putting a stamp on something painful so it can be avoided in the future. Positive experiences not so much. Unless they are spectacularly large, the brain is sorta like teflon to pleasurable experiences. But there is a process to get them to stick into our memory.

Dr. Hanson has a three step process for managing your mind and increasing those positive experiences to stick.

1. Notice what is going on in your thoughts, feelings and body sensation. This doesn't have to be longer than 30 seconds. But when we run from our negative experiences, there is an old saying that fits, "what we resist - persists."

2. After notices your thoughts, feelings, sensations, if they don't relax a bit, then you can move to using your favorite (healthy:) intervention to shift your experiences. I often tell clients to write on the back of a business card their top five stress buster tools. Often when we are stressed, it seems we forget how to reduce our nervous system's over the top response. Last month I mentioned the One Eye Technique. What is your go to intervention?

3. The last step involves taking 30 seconds to "breathe in the good" as Dr. Hanson like to state. After successfully rebooting your nervouos system or getting it to relax, take a brief moment to focus on that success and sensation, taking in a deep breath at the same time. I like to add in tapping on acupoints as well to boost the process.

Of course you don't have to wait til you have a problem to do step three. You can commit to what Dr. Hanson calls taking in the good all the time. For more information on this process, click here for his article on "Taking In the Good."



When I have made a concerted effort to do so, I can feel the wiring of my brain and a shift in my default perceptions within a few weeks. Now that I think about it, I have had a lot going on this summer, it may be time to recommit to this process. Who is up for an experiment?