Franca Giuliani - In his book Speak with Courage, author Martin McDermott cites Harvard professor Howard Gardner on his research on students’ studying abilities. “Professor Gardner, in brief, discovered the intellectual equivalent of cross-training: "As swimming laps helps with running, playing music helps with math.” If you’re a parent of a child having difficulties studying, you may want to look further into this report. It could be helpful.
Professor Gardner’s ideas on intellectual cross-training echoes a phenomenon we see frequently in feng shui. Commonly, when someone is trying to address a specific issue in their life, looking at another part of their life can shed a lot of insight as to what's really going on.
For instance, if a client calls me because they're frustrated with work or don’t have enough money coming in, we’ll look at the aspects of their space that relates to their self-worth or how they honestly view themselves for clues. This can give us important information to address which may help their initial quandary.
Music is an element in one’s space that we can use for new solutions to issues. It's also a wonderful additive to any life. It can stir up creative juices and help us see things differently, One of my clients was adamant about giving away a piano. It was taking up an inordinate amount of space, and the baby grand just didn’t seem to “go” anywhere. After having a conversation, she learned that the issue was not with the piano itself, but with her not playing it. She then decided to investment some money in it and turn it into a self-playing piano. She kept it.
I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money to bring music into your life. You don’t need a music room. A music “corner” can do just fine. Here are some pointers as to how to bring a little music in your life.
- If you have an instrument already, take it out and play it whenever you can. It doesn’t matter how well you play it, but it’s the fact that you are using it.
- Take note how often you play music during the day. If you don’t play it often, consider turning something on when you're cooking, cleaning, or just folding clothes. And, take note how that activity makes you feel when doing it to music.
- If you wake up to an alarm buzzer or radio station, check to see if you really enjoy what you wake up to. You may want to change the station to more a soothing one.
- Start singing in the shower, even if you sing out of tune. It can help your creative juices flow and perhaps lead to great ideas.
- Consider playing "sound music." Listening to the sound of a thunderstorm or ocean waves breaking on shore can really add to a bath or help with filing papers away. The sound of hummingbirds while dusting can make the room feel even cleaner.
- Add imagery of music in your space. Perhaps get a musical note-shaped note pad, kitchen towels with instruments on them, or frame your favorite album cover. Or maybe a music box may work. Finding imagery that works for your own space is very personal. But take that look to see what might work for you.
For your homework this month: Observe the amount of music that's in your life. And, find ways to add more to it. Keep in mind nature sounds are a form of music. Music can help stir creative juices, find solutions to problems, add a smile to the day, or even just soothe your temper. All of this can lead to subtle shifts within your life, as long as you are mindful of them.
(And don’t forget if your child is having trouble at school, research what kind of cross-training can be helpful for him or her.)
Until next month….
Franca Giuliani is today's featured Design2Share guest writer. She is an environmental advisor, integrated feng shui consultant, and energy clearer whose inquisitive nature has led her down the path of the metaphysical world and related topics. Now Franca uses her expansive knowledge and experience to help individuals get their bearings and think differently about themselves and their space, enabling them to better plan for the future.
She collectively uses a number of modalities to help people become aware of their environment, acknowledge it, and then help them begin to reach a better balance. Becoming aware of one’s environment and understanding why things are happening is the foundation to a possible transformation of life.