There are many distractions in this harried world. Too many things command our attention and sometimes it's difficult to slow down and take care of ourselves.
There are a variety of ways to take a step back, take a break, but everyone needs an "escape," even if for a short time, and in our own manner.
Some ways we refresh ourselves are with a nap; quiet contemplative time alone; a walk; exercise; a hot bath; or spending quality time with loved ones.
One thing that does the trick for me, but something I often actually forget to do, is listening to soothing music.
New Age music is my favorite type of music for relaxation. It calms the mind and spirit; inspires; and expands consciousness.
The tracks on a New Age compilation sometimes feature one set of panpipes, but they also frequently include a whole arrangement of instruments. Usually it includes the acoustic guitar or the piano, but Eastern-inspired instruments like the sitar and the tabla are sometimes used. The rhythms are often repetitive, interspersed with nature sounds like birds chirping, a mountain stream running or underwater whale noises. While electric instruments are sometimes thrown in to add a different dimension, the aim is always to create soothing music.
There are tons to choose from, but one of my favorite compilations is Reiki Healing Journey, available on CD or MP3 download for iPod. If you click on the link, you go to Amazon's page, where you can listen to a sample of all 20 tracks and try before you buy.
I love buying music from Amazon, not only for their prices, but also because I can listen and decide before making a decision about what to purchase.
What are your favorite ways to escape and relax? Is listening to music one of your favorite ways? If so, what type of music do you choose?