Breakthrough Pain Summit: Online Interview Series

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Dealing with chronic pain can be so discouraging, can’t it? If you’ve sought traditional Western care, it’s likely you’ve been from doctor to doctor, and tried countless medicines and treatments … and you’re still suffering.

The good news is that there is hope! I’d like to introduce you to a new approach—one my friend and colleague Dagmar Bauer-Prigatano specializes in.

She’s offering a complimentary interview series, Breakthrough Pain Summit 2.0: Approaches to Reduce Your Pain, Increase Your Vitality, and Optimize Your Healing Ability. It starts May 14 and you can reserve your spot here:

This May Help.

When you go to the link above and sign up to join us for this series of powerful conversations where Dagmar interviews more than 21 experts including me on our advice on taking a holistic, integrative approach to feeling better, you’ll discover new avenues to deal with your pain. In my interview we chat about using music as a non-invasive tool for pain management.

Dagmar is the perfect person to host this event. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and treated with standard Western medical care, but she still didn’t feel her best. She decided to implement integrative medicine—traditional Chinese medicine—and finally regained her vitality.

As an acupuncturist, earning her degree in traditional oriental medicine, it’s her mission to help as many people as possible to find new avenues to get out of pain.

That’s why she’s hosting the Breakthrough Pain Summit 2.0. So if you’re ready to finally feel better, then join us starting May 14! Reserve your spot here:

Feel Better!

 

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.

Conference Reflection

On Monday evening my wife Mandy and I returned home from our 882 mile road-trip to and from the 2012 Brain Gym International Conference at Colorado State University where I delivered a keynote on Healing at the Speed of Sound®. It was a fantastic event with people interested in promoting brain integration from all corners of the globe. There are many memories including a last-minute mishap on my part which left me running onto the stage from across campus at the precise moment my talk was to begin! More importantly, we made many special connections with the attendees, some on a deeply personal level. I was touched by several people and experiences over the course of the event, but there is one experience in particular I’ll share that will always stay with me.

In the small vendor area my company Advanced Brain Technologies was demonstrating our music as was another company in our industry. On Saturday there was an 11-year-old boy who repeatedly went back and forth between our booths putting on headphones to listen intently to the music each offered.  That evening his mother relayed what was happening to us.

Her son was listening to see how the music made him feel so that he could decide which he wanted to use. When he made his choice he told his mother, pulled out his wallet, and counted out $63 to put toward a pair of nice headphones and a Relaxation CD which cost closer to $100. I asked his mom to bring her son back to our booth the next afternoon to see what we could work out.

When they arrived the next day this boy took out his wallet and counted out his cash. When I asked him how he obtained the money he relayed the numerous odd jobs he did over the course of the summer to earn it. He knew exactly what he had to do to earn each one, five, ten, and twenty. As he shared this I recalled how hard I worked when I was 12 doing similar laborious tasks to pay for a $50 Santa Cruz “Jammer” skateboard I had on lay away at a local surf-shop. But it wasn’t a skateboard he wanted, after a summer’s work he decided to put his hard-earned dollars toward relaxing music and headphones to experience it through. Although he did not have enough money, we came to an understanding in which he left with the headphones, his CD, one for his mom, and a few bucks left in his wallet.

As I observed him over the course of Sunday afternoon he was in a quiet place, headphones on, music playing. He had a look of absolute bliss on his face. It touched me deeply to see this child connect with our music. It was an affirmation of the healing power of sound, and a touching reminder of the inherent wisdom of children.