March 2011 046

Most people who visit Dominica exclaim over and over how green it is!

Most of the people who live here say one of the reasons they put up with all the challenges of living on a small island with low incomes is the access to nature.

Lucky for me growing up my parents loved to immerse in nature; our most frequent family outing was an experience in nature; visiting a lake or a park for a day or a week holiday. I still remember the feelings of well being after being immersed in nature and the deep refreshing sleeps after.

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Immersion in Nature is now scientifically proven to be healing!

I first learned this concept – nature is healing as part of a conscious lifestyle for health and wellness – in the 1980’s from the Rasta’s I studied during my year’s sabbatical in the West Indies studying Herbal Medicine; Appropriate Technology and Vegetarian Cooking!

Repeatedly as I interviewed people who were part of the Rasta Movement and interested in Healthy Conscious Living I heard that Immersion in Nature – gardening; hiking trails; nature walks; river baths; hot water soaks or visits to ‘Dr. Sea’ – was an intricate part of their Healthy Lifestyle.

Now Forest Bathing is offered everywhere.

The scientifically-proven benefits of exposure to nature include:

  • Boosted immune system functioning.
  • Reduced blood pressure.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Improved mood.
  • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD.
  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness.
  • Increased energy level.
  • Improved sleep.

 

 

 

 

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“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel

 

RESPECT  to the Dominica Steelpan Association and all the others who tirelessly promote steel pan music in Dominica. I know of many dedicated local teachers who work long hours; often on a volunteer basis. Check Steel Pan on the Net  for their promotion of Steel Band Music all over the world. Listing Steel Pan Bands in Dominica. Linking to Steelpan in Dominica. They send out an interesting email on Steel Pan called “When Steel Talks” this month they highlighted this article “Pan by the Bay – Steelpan in Dominica 2008“……….nuff respect.

 EDUCATION

Music in Education

Music seems to be one of the gifts we have been given to make our lives happy and fun filled. Music is in every culture and in every person;  we recognize music while in the womb; our bodies seem to intuitively know that music is therapy.

 

What better ease of the stresses of daily life then a session of playing, listening or dancing to music.

 

Mankind has played music from prehistoric times; in that incredibly precise and perfect way of nature or life; this music we love to hear and move to helps to improve our brain power.

 

 Music is an exciting way to raise kids IQ’s.

 

Music is a great way to help children over come learning challenges.

 

 

Music programs in the schools help our kids and communities in real and substantial ways 

 

 

 

Music is an integral part of a holistic education.

 

 Music and Education Links
 Phil Tulga – This awesome website connects music to reading, mathematics and science.  I visit often go there to hear subtraction or fractions  or listen to the Drum Language of the Congo.

 

Music Learning Fun – This web site provides fun games involving music and learning.