Ecuador Travel Tip #2

by | Feb 12, 2008 | Archives

Ecuador travel from the US is easy compared to many places, but all long distance plane travel takes a physical toll.

Our lifetime of long and regular trips with immediate work loads to perform on arrival has forced us to learn ways to keep healthy.

Over the years we have practiced and perfected a seven step system to mitigate the effects of the hostile environments encountered during travel.

Yesterday’s message at shared the first of seven tips…the use of rose lavender mist on the plane.

The second way we stay tuned while flying is to use a Bose noise cancellation system and classical music.

In the airport and plane itself we are often bombarded by all types of noise…at times two, three or more different types of music, TV and sound at one time. This discordance can have a profoundly negative effect on our sense of well being.

First the system. Bose calls their system “QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling” and offering both an in and on-ear design.

When you use them to listen to classical music, this system provides great full-spectrum sound. But the big advantage is that even without music they are noise reduction headphones that fade background distractions.

The system is lightweight and comfortable for long flights. Even if you do not have music playing, you’ll notice a dramatic decrease in engine roar―the moment you turn them on. The cabin becomes more peaceful; you can hear yourself think.

Then we use the detachable cord to connect our MP3 player or to listen to the in-flight movie.

Second, the music.

Studies have show that rap and hard rock music are insults to our nervous system. They reinforce stress and irritability, while shutting down the right brain (intuitive, feeling side).

On the other hand (or side of the brain), classical and other soothing types of music cause the brain to create biochemistry that is calming and soothing.

Such music also opens the right brain and balances the right and left brain hemispheres. Balance of the right and left brain promotes a sense of well being which helps relieve airport and in-flight jitters.

This music has been shown to increase retention when learning as well…so the flight can become a good time to think or study.

Here is an excerpt from our Super Thinking + Spanish courses that shows the importance listening to balanced music can have to well being and health.

Quantum Learning/Super Thinking Super Living Whatever you’re doing, holistic learning methods try to insure that you’re neitherhalf-witted nor disembodied. The point is to keep the left brain, the body and the right brain from working against each other and hamstringing your abilities.

It might help to think of an orchestra: brass, percussion and strings. When the horns are featured, the drums and violins don’t try to pound and saw against them. Nor do they go rambling off on their own. They play in concert. Logical mind, body, creative mind…you may be focusing with one, but because you are a whole person the other parts are there, and they are in resonance. They can create disharmony. Or, they can play in concert.

Usually in our efforts to learn and live a smooth life, we’ve separated ourselves into pieces.

When we begin to operate more as a whole, seemingly inexplicable things can happen.

A woman studying a foreign language suddenly finds her sinus trouble has disappeared.

A man learning chemistry realizes his intuition has accelerated. An athlete doing body-training techniques finds his concentration improved in academics. As obstructive divisions dissolve, all areas of the person can be strengthened. It’s similar to light striking one facet of a crystal; soon it then lights up another and another and another….

Let’s look at a comparison on the benefits of meditation. Since TM is the most documented form of meditation worldwide, it lends itself to a comparison to Super Memory. Below, we can see the physiological changes during sessions of listening to certain types f music as compared to TM Meditation.

Supermemory ConcertMeditation (TM)
Slow Baroque Music during Intense Mental ActivityReciting a Mantra
Alpha brain waves Increase by
an average 6%.
Alpha brain waves increase.
Beta Brain Waves Decrease by
an average 6%.
Theta Brain Waves unchanged.Some increase in Theta.
Pulse slows down by an average a mean decrease of 5 beats per minute.Decreases significantly withof 5 beats per minute.
Blood pressure drops slightlyTendency to decrease
Awareness becomes relaxed concentrationRestful alertness

TM is one of the meditation methods scientifically researched in the West which has been shown to relieve inner tensions, lower blood pressure, provide stress control, and improve physical and emotional health. Certain Baroque music appears to do the same.

Specific Music Rhythms

Ten years of brain-wave activity by the Tokyo researcher, Dr. Norio Owaki, was based on certain kinds of sound patterns that can induce alpha brain waves. That certain sound patterns can affect consciousness is no surprise to students of music lore. A specific story was told about Bach. Count Kayserling employed Johann Goldberg, a musician to play on the harpsichord a composition written for the Count by Johann Sebastian Bach. This was music created for the Count’s for insomnia, for feeling rested and less tense.

Music has been used for centuries to induce states…babies being lullabyed to sleep, sea chanteys and harvesting songs to ease workers while laboring. Eastern mystics and South American shaman have used music to carry them to unusual states of consciousness.

Your body relaxes and your mind becomes alert in these simple forms of relaxation.

Soviet psychologist, I.K. Platonov, found it was possible to just use a metronome beating at 60 to enable the mind to take in and hold more strongly.

The music is extremely important. If it does not have the required pattern, the desired altered states will not be induced. Results will be poor. The choice of music is not a personal one and has nothing to do with one’s personal taste in music.

Kirlian photographs have been made before and after listening to the 60-cycle music.

These show the corona of light in a “before” picture with a shaggy diffused look.

After listening to the Third Brandenburg Concerto, the corona becomes “classical” in structure, highly defined with fluted and beaded light.

In choosing a recording of a slow movement, simply check that the tempo is about 60 beats a minute. When a composer writes a piece of music, he indicates the speed at which he wants each of the different movements or segments to be played.

These indications of tempo are generally given in Italian. You will often see them on the different movements of a concerto. For instance, allegro indicates a tempo of around 120 – 168 beats to the minute, andante around 76-108, adagio from around 66 to 76, larghetto 60 to 66 and largo 40-60 beats to the minute. Some performers and conductors may set a tempo somewhat faster or slower than what the composer indicated. To check out the tempo of a recording, be sure it’s at around 60 beats a minute. You can check it with a metronome or against a clock with a second hand.”

Here is a portion of the music list provided with that study.

Bach, J.S.: Largo from Concerto in G Minor for Flute and Strings. Bach and Telemann Flute Concerts and Aria to The Goldberg Variations.

Corelli, A.: Sarabanda (largo) from Concerto #7 in D Minor.

Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op.5

Handel, G.F.: Largo from Concerto #1 in F. Music from the Royal Fireworks.

Telemann, G.: Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord.

6 Fantasias for Harpsichord Vivaldi, A.: Largo from Winter. The Four Seasons

There you have it… part two of tips on how to use sound and smell to make your Ecuador travel…or any long distance travel healthier, more enjoyable and even more productive.

Future messages will look at how to use the the sense of touch and taste to make travel better as well.

Until then may all your music, travel and life be classical and classy!


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