130 – Mindfulness Music – with Cheryl Engelhardt
Mindfulness Online Training
It’s my pleasure to welcome Cheryl Engelhardt onto the podcast. Through a combination of music, yoga and meditation, Cheryl was able to gain freedom from panic attacks and anxiety that she’d been experiencing for years.
Cheryl discovered Mindfulness Online Training through a search on iTunes. She enjoyed the content and reached out to me as she wanted to share her new album of mindfulness music called Luminary.
Cheryl wrote Luminary in a small stone room in a tiny mountain town on Crete, Greece. After a decade-long struggle with anxiety, searching for music, meditations and tricks to quell the noise in her head, Cheryl realised that she wasn’t looking for something that could dull the discomfort or put her to sleep – she was looking for something to keep her present. To meet her where she was, emotionally, and take her on a journey to a more peaceful state of mind.
Cheryl couldn’t find such recordings, so decided to compose them herself. The source of this music is a grand piano, a bell, and Cheryl’s voice.
In this interview, Cheryl shares her story and the insights she gained through practicing meditation and listening to mindfulness music.
More details on the new album…
“Looking for a musically-complex and gently exciting album to accompany your daily meditation, morning walk, sleep routine—or even to get you “in the zone” at work? LUMINARY, singer-songwriter and composer Cheryl B. Engelhardt’s first contribution to the New Age genre, delivers. Avoiding the often problematic clichés of meditation and yoga music—for example, use of “World Music” exoticism to “transport” listeners— Engelhardt taps into a variety of moods via musical games that stretch the limits of her intentionally-reduced musical palette. It is easy to trust her blend of flowing piano, bell chimes, tasteful electronic modification of plucked piano strings, and her well-integrated voice; all of which which gently guide you through each track in both the affirmation-fortified and music-only versions. Every track moves through a variety of micro mood “climates,” easing you through your day—and this diversity makes the album all the more beautiful and utilitarian.”
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