Take Massive Action

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There are times when we come to the realization that we must take massive action to change the trajectory of our lives.

If we truly want to make an impact, we must be willing to take risks, be vulnerable, leave our comfort zone and do hard things.

Life is short, level up, don’t regret the things you didn’t do.

It’s ok to stumble, and even fall. Just be sure to keep moving forward on the path to your greatness.


These words and image are from a recent Instagram post I shared following a weekend spent at Powerful U | LA 19.

It is here I had the opportunity to present a couple of breakout sessions with my wife on the power of music, to listen to amazing speakers, and connect with like-minded thinkers who believe in the unrealized potential in each of us.

This is one of many recent events that are part of my commitment to myself to take massive action in all areas of life. One of these actions is to post here more often. And, I hope you’ll find some value in what will unfold…

On the topic of vulnerability, the photo was taken by my new podcast producer. What you see is me speaking on the mainstage of the Los Angeles Convention Center with 1,500+ seats, after I managed to trip in front of the entire audience!

There was a time in my life where that would have been absolutely humiliating. And, I’m happy to say I’ve reached a point where I’m willing to be vulnerable and share that it happened (there is video evidence), and even have a laugh at myself! A dear friend likes to call me Mr. Serious. I want her to know I’m working on that. One step, or trip at a time…

 

Consolari

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Alex and Mandy Doman with Swati Dlamini Mandela

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll know I don’t post much these days. The past year and a half has been dynamic, with a project which will become visible in the future. It is a wonderful time of exploration and creation and I’m proud of what is emerging.

To keep my focus on this project I have had to cut back on writing, my podcast, speaking engagements, meetings, etc. And yet, some opportunities you just have to say YES to!

A few weeks ago my friend Jamie Pabst invited me to participate in what turned out to be an amazing experience. This past Friday I spoke at and participated in a round table discussion for the Consolari Concert Hall. Consolari is a non-profit in Arizona, that will take physical form as a world-class concert hall and campus which promises to touch many lives as a destination for inspiration and healing through the transformative power of music, education, and community.

The vision for Consolari is that of our hosts Christi Worsley and her husband Senator Bob Worsley, that has grown out of the tragic loss of a grandson, and their family’s discovery of the power of music to heal. Often beauty emerges from tragedy.

I was honored to be joined by my wife Mandy Doman who runs Advanced Brain Technologies with me as we shared space and discussions with a room of thoughtful leaders from the worlds of business, policy, finance, music, design, health, and education, each bound together with no cultural or religious boundaries in a forum of infinite possibility.

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Alex and Mandy Doman

It was exciting to share our work and vision for global health through music with this group in a panel discussion with friends Jamie Pabst and Erin Matlock as well as Professors Alex Ruthmann from NYU Music Experience Design Lab and Roger Mantie of ASU.

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Panelists Alex Doman, Erin Matlock, Jamie Pabst, Prof Roger Mantie (Prof Alex Ruthmann not present for photo)

One highlight was getting time with Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Swati Dlamini Mandela who delivered a heartfelt keynote to the group. Given the focus on music we were also entertained by 17 year old piano virtuoso Jarom Martineau performing a piece  by Rachmaninoff, and GENTRI, The Gentlemen Trio who delivered an inspired three part harmony of Amazing Grace.

Looking forward to our continued involvement in Consolari and sharing this incredible venue with you when it takes form in Phoenix. Special thanks to Jamie Pabst, Senator Bob and Christi Worsley, Amy Church Contreras, Mandy Doman, Erin Matlock, Alex Ruthmann, Roger Mantie, and the other wonderful souls we shared the day with.

Healthy Sound Practices Podcast

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Michael Seng on the Oneness Approach podcast. During our conversation, I explained the harmful effects of noise pollution and how we can use sound to heal, reduce stress, anxiety, the effects of ASD and other health problems.

Listen in by following this link  http://www.onenessapproach.com/podcasts/alex-doman/ to learn what healthy sound practices you should incorporate into your daily routine to reduce stress, increase focus and improve your listening skills.

 

Back At It

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Did you miss me? Perhaps you didn’t notice I was gone… Either way, I wanted to share that I’m back at it! Back at what you ask? Blogging…

In November I decided to take a hiatus from writing posts so I could focus with a really awesome team of people to launch two exciting products for Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. One of these launched in February. It is a rhythm-based music listening therapy called inTime and I must say it is incredible! I couldn’t be happier about the response to it and the stories I am already hearing about the lives it is touching. More on that in-time… The other launch is happening this Friday, and I can hardly wait to share that one with you. If you have difficulty sleeping, you definitely want to stay tuned. And the best way to do that is to follow this blog via email. You’ll find the sign up on the top right of this site. Just type in your email address. It’s super easy!

Those who follow this blog and my work will know that my focus, besides my amazing wife and kids, is on elevating people’s lives by helping them achieve and maintain their sound brain fitness. This is akin to physical exercise making us healthier. To help make the brain fit and performing at its best, you can engage in healthy sound practices which include avoiding noise as much as possible to preserve hearing and reduce stress, and by having a daily listening practice with music listening therapy to feed your brain with the sounds and music it is so hungry for. I can tell you it is absolutely incredible what just these two lifestyle changes can do to help you live a healthier, more productive and happy life!

Did you know that music can change how your brain works?  If you didn’t know, I want you to, because that knowledge can transform your life! To learn more about this idea you might enjoy reading about a recent study at the University of Liverpool that has shown that even brief musical training can increase blood flow in the brain. This research also adds to an existing evidence base that suggests that areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Pretty cool right?

On Hiatus

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There are periods in life when you are presented with such abundance of opportunity that you have to make difficult choices about where to spend your time. At the moment this is the case for me. The next 3 months will require my laser sharp focus to launch a significant new program from Advanced Brain Technologies while managing other initiatives through the holidays. For now I must let some things go, including posting to my blog, so this is my official notice that I’m on blogging hiatus. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to reconnecting with you after the launch!

Never work a day in your life

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”

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How right Confucius was. What got me thinking about this quote was this picture of my son Brendan. My wife often sends me photos and videos of our family when I am at the office or traveling on business. A highly effective ploy to get me home.

Today’s image of Brendan listening and coloring autumn leaves as we begin the rhythm of the fall season gave me a feeling of immediate gratitude. Appreciation that each day when I wake I GET to do what I LOVE.

Why do I love my job? I am surrounded by amazing, brilliant, caring people. And what we do as a collective team touches lives through listening in meaningful and often profound ways, including my own family.

Case in point. My son is among dozens of participants in a preliminary clinical trial investigating the benefits of a rhythmic music listening program we’ve been developing over the past several years. He is listening to intercultural rhythms and music that in just a few short weeks appear to have made a dramatic shift in his brain sparking his imagination, musicality, communication, planning, play, rhythm and timing. And, I’m hearing similar reports from others. Many of which are transformational, giving me great excitement to see what range of benefits may come for the kids and adults who are involved in our research.

It’s the results that drive me to do the job I love, and the reason why I will never have to work a day in my life. 

Gratitude: An Army for Autism

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A couple days ago I received an email from a mother asking for my help.  She is campaigning for her 3 year old son with autism to receive federal funding for services.  The boy’s occupational therapist recommended The Listening Program® as an essential intervention to support his development.  To receive such funding from DisabilityCare Australia a case has to be made that this auditory based method of brain training is necessary and reasonable to fall within the funding criterion.

This mom shared that given the new rules of a government that previously paid for The Listening Program with our bone conduction audio technology for children with autism, that the ruling in this case would not only effect her son, but every child with autism and other needs applying for funding in the country to follow.

This is no small responsibility. Fortunately this mother who is incidentally an attorney has the strength of a peaceful warrior, empowered with the love for her son. So we quickly moved into action to amass an army standing for access to services for these children in need.

Just 24 short hours ago I sent personal emails to professionals who serve children with autism and asked if they could write a letter of support asking if that in their experience they felt The Listening Program was a necessary and reasonable autism intervention to share it in writing. A couple staff members here at Advanced Brain Technologies extended the outreach as did our Australia representative.

What happened subsequent to our request is nothing short of astonishing! Within fifteen-minutes of my first email, letters starting pouring in. As I read one after another I was overcome with emotion as I absorbed the words before me. Over the course of twelve hours, dozens of compelling, heartfelt messages arrived.  Who wrote them? Physicians, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, neuropsychologists, audiologists, social workers, reading specialists, neurodevelopmentalists , educators, school principals, educational therapists, cognitive rehabilitation therapists, parents, and heads of national autism charities.  Collectively these letters represent thousands of children with autism that have been helped through The Listening Program, coming from some of the world’s top therapists and authorities.

Here is one example:

“Dear Mr. Doman,

I am writing to you regarding the role of The Listening Program (TLP) as a necessary and reasonable therapy for children and adults with autism. As a physician who treats thousands of children and adults throughout the world (including Australia) who are afflicted with autism, I have seen the important measurable progress that our patients make when their families & therapists use TLP. For a large percentage of our patients, the TLP program, such as TLP with Bone Conduction, is a major therapeutic modality for reduction in autistic behaviors such as self injury and social isolation. Furthermore, we regularly see improvements in language, in eye contact, and in general cognitive function. For many of the children, they were never able to achieve these goals of therapy without TLP. Many of our autistic patients are able to remain at home by using TLP, thus avoiding institutionalization. Others have, through TLP, made important strides in participation in work and school, allowing them to gain further benefits of programs in which they were not functionally able to participate without TLP.

Our experience is that The Listening Program is a necessary and reasonable therapeutic treatment for autism, as it has been for years. Thank you for developing this treatment.”

Sincerely,

Anonymous  (I have not yet requested permission to make this letter public, so I’ve removed the author’s name in respect of their privacy.)

The case is being presented in six hours. Mom is prepared with a bound book containing these letters, research, case studies, articles, and other evidence to compel the DCA not only to help her son, but potentially tens of thousands of Australian children standing behind him in need of this vital intervention.

We are standing with you mom, an army for autism awaiting the decision.

This experience has filled me with gratitude, to witness busy people in the autism community, taking time to immediately respond to the clarion call. I wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank each of you who took decisive and immediate action at my request. I am humbled and forever grateful.  – Alex