Overwhelmed and spread too thin…sound familiar? For many of us it’s more than familiar — it’s just normal life!

My beautiful choir member, Kelly, can relate. The very first night she came to Sing Portland! that’s exactly how she was feeling. She says that the following day at work was “destined to be stressful” and she was dreading it.

Luckily, it turns out that we have more power over destiny (and crappy days) than we may realize!

Kelly came to choir and decided to focus her time there on centering herself in an image of ease and liberation from her work worries; she used song as a form of meditation.

And do you know what? She says that the results were practically instantaneous! While she was singing, she received a text that vastly changed the trajectory of the following day for the better. Her workday ended up being completely restorative and she even noticed an improvement in her capacity to serve her students. Her great mood lasted all day and as a result she found her colleagues couldn’t help but respond to her positivity.

She says,

“My inner harmony reflects back from those around me when I have recharged with singing.”

Isn’t that a powerful statement!

And while Kelly may have been surprised, I expected nothing less. Because at our core, we’re musical beings and when our emotions get blocked we need to find a way to release them — and singing is the perfect choice.

I see it all the time with my singers and I’ve recently experienced something similar myself.

Clearing my vision.

I recently took part in an Emotion Code session — it was a fascinating process during which I was able to release so many complex emotions; it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and my vision had cleared. Much like Kelly after her first rehearsal, I felt stronger, calmer, more grounded.

The Emotion Code practitioner reminded me that we are all just energy and it’s the energy and emotions we block that cause pain, illness, and of course feelings of overwhelm.

And just as The Emotion Code is an excellent way to release that node, music and singing are equally powerful ways to help you connect with your higher self and to remove the blocks that are stemming your energy flow.

The healing power of a choral bath.

In fact, the whole Emotion Code session reminded me of what singers experience when we give a choral bath. A singer will lie on the floor and relax as others sing around them. Afterwards they take a deep breath and open their eyes — and every single time they have a huge smile on their face.

They feel peaceful, connected, and supported by the universe. Just like me after my Emotion Code session, they’re ready to embrace whatever may come their way. It’s a glorious feeling.

And I’d love for you to experience it too.

Which is why I’ve decided to hold an entire evening of choral baths for our candlelit Winter Solstice concert!

Winter is an amazing time of year but for so many of us it can also be a season of loneliness or overwhelm which makes it the perfect time for you to indulge in a choral bath. All you need to do is lie back as we surround you with nurturing song in the flickering glow of candlelight. Relax and let the emotions flow as you drink in the beautiful melodies and allow the music to realign you with the universe.

Doesn’t that sound blissful?

We can all feel a bit overwhelmed and emotionally blocked sometimes, and singing really is the perfect way for you to reconnect with your true self. But if you can’t wait for our Winter Solstice Concert, we’d love to welcome you to our weekly rehearsals. Either way, we’d love to welcome you.