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Mind­ful singing brings a mul­ti­tude of ben­e­fits, says Jeremy D ion. We all con­nect to mu­sic dif­fer­ently–find your own path and see what hap­pens.

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As you read the fol­low­ing list of ways to create your own path to mind­ful singing, I en­cour­age you to pay at­ten­tion to both types of charged re­ac­tions – no­tice those things you are in­her­ently drawn to, as well as those that in­stantly frighten or re­pel you. Both likely hold some­thing wor­thy of a sec­ond look.

The fol­low­ing is a small sam­ple of ways to take mind­ful singing fur­ther:

1 TAKE VO­CAL LESSONS

It’s hum­bling to put our voices out there, but if we can move our egos aside, learn­ing from a trained pro­fes­sional can make for stronger and more finely con­trolled singing voices.

2 WRITE A SONG

Or sev­eral. There are many ways to be­gin and it’s not as hard as you think.

3 DO DAILY EX­ER­CISES

To strengthen your con­trol over your singing mus­cles. You’ll find plenty on the in­ter­net to get you started.

4 LEARN AN IN­STRU­MENT

So you can ac­com­pany your­self as you sing, and so you can play with oth­ers.

5 READ POETRY

Ex­pos­ing your­self to the beauty and magic of the writ­ten word, feel­ing the rhythm of the phrase, the sound of the vow­els; th­ese are good things for our mu­si­cal soul.

6 EX­POSE YOUR­SELF TO NEW MU­SIC

Search the in­ter­net, ask your friends, even your kids. More peo­ple are mak­ing and record­ing mu­sic than ever be­fore and you have ac­cess to most of it. Re­gard­less of the type of mu­sic that you love, the odds are good that there are plenty of con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cians you have never heard of who are mak­ing the kind of mu­sic you would ab­so­lutely en­joy.

7 GO AND LIS­TEN TO LIVE MU­SIC

Even if see­ing live mu­sic isn’t your thing or they don’t play the kind of mu­sic you like where you live, I still urge you to go. At­tend a per­for­mance, en­joy the street mu­si­cians, just ex­pose your­self to a live hu­man be­ing mak­ing mu­sic in the mo­ment. Let your­self be moved by that. Con­nect­ing through mu­sic is heal­ing.

8 LIS­TEN TO A CAP­PELLA MU­SIC

Lis­ten to the amaz­ing sounds the singers get from their voices. If you can hear them, learn to sing har­mony lines in ad­di­tion to the main melody.

9 TRAIN YOUR EAR

There are a va­ri­ety of on­line apps and re­sources avail­able to help. The bet­ter our ear, the more likely we are to sing on pitch.

10 TI­BETAN SINGING BOWLS

Ex­plore the won­ders of Ti­betan singing bowls as a sonic com­bi­na­tion of mind­ful­ness, breath and sound (see our fea­ture on page 28 for more).

11 MEDITATE – YOU WON’T RE­GRET IT

To para­phrase au­thor Dr Wayne Dyer, sit qui­etly for ten min­utes once ev­ery day. And if you’re too busy for that, do it twice a day.

12 START HOST­ING YOUR OWN MU­SIC NIGHT

In your home, even if it’s just two or three friends who sing or play an in­stru­ment. Share songs, sing songs or take turns shar­ing record­ings of your favourite songs.

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