What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Bruce Cryer

Since starting the Sound Brain Fitness Teleseminar Series just over a year ago I’ve been fortunate to have a roster of valued guests on the program discussing sound, music, and the brain. Together, my listeners and I have learned a great deal, but one area we have yet to delve into is the heart.

Some of the earliest recorded civilizations, including the Greeks, speak of the heart as harboring intelligence. Perhaps this is metaphorical by the standards of modern science, but there is a clear pathway of communication between the heart and brain which provides a theoretical foundation for exploration of this thesis.  The people of the HeartMath organizations are champions of the philosophy that the heart, physically and metaphorically, is the key to tapping into an intelligence which can provide us with fulfillment.

This idea has intrigued me since the time a friend introduced me to The HeartMath Solution when it came out nearly 15 years ago.  I have several friends who evangelize the use of HeartMath techniques and devices (see EmWave) for calming and stress regulation. These are highly effective biofeedback methods which integrate beautifully with The Listening Program® music listening therapy protocols. Combined they are a gentle yet powerful channel for transformation.

Next Wednesday, September 4th at 8:00 pm Eastern I’ll be exploring matters of the heart with global thought leader Bruce Cryer of HeartMath HealthCare for a special teleseminar, What Makes Your Heart Sing: Essential Catalyst for an Inspired Life. Register

“What Makes Your Heart Sing” is a question many people around the world are asking themselves to find inspiration, meaning, purpose, and alignment with their soul’s passion for life. Are you doing enough of what inspires you and if not, what is getting in the way?

Hear the uplifting story of how inspirational speaker, Global Director of HeartMath Healthcare, and co-founder of What Makes Your Heart Sing Bruce Cryer’s awakened the power of inspiration in his own life.  Join us for this special episode and learn how to:

  • Identify sources of inspiration that are essential for optimal performance and creativity
  • Develop a deeper sense of presence and kindness for yourself and others
  • Understand and appreciate new reasons for creating balance and passion in your life
  • Develop the skills of personal resilience
  • Be inspired to bring music and the arts into your personal life and your professional environment

When? Wednesday, September 4th, 8:00 pm Eastern. The event is FREE, but space is limited. Register here.

Spatial Awareness, Emotions and Memory


Three years ago I had the opportunity to present our work at Advanced Brain Technologies to the attendees of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization Conference in Boston. You meet the most interesting people at these events. One standout from this gathering was a fascinating woman named Dr. G, Chief Brainiac behind The George Greenstein Institute, and one of the brainy minds behind Inventio!Brains.

Since Boston we’ve kept in touch through the social network and industry events like the Sharp Brain Virtual Summit.  I’ve grown increasingly curious about the lens Dr. G sees the world through bridging between neuroscience and the arts, so I’ve invited her to join me as a guest on the Sound Brain Fitness Teleseminar Series tomorrow evening to explore her work.

You can learn more about this event below. Registration is free. I hope you’ll join us for what I am sure will be a fun and informative hour.     

Spatial Awareness, Emotions and Memory 

Some call it cognitive mapping. Some call it spatial memory. Whatever you call it, be sure to recognize and practice the strategic use of your hippocampal networks for dynamic, whole brain attention, memory and growth!

Drawing on decades of research and teaching of applied neuroscience and spatial mapping practices to artists and designers, Dr. Greenstein shares her insights on training spatial awareness, emotions and memory and the “What, How, When and Where” value distinctions between using stimulus reward and strategic mapping practices for gaming.

In this talk, Alex and his guest, an expert in applied neuroscience and “knowledge transfer” Dr. M. A. Greenstein will explore 3 big ideas impacting your brain health and ed/psych practices:

• Cognitive Mapping and Landmarking is the best kept secret for promoting good brain health practice through your lifetime

• Active Observation and Mindful Attention are key for promoting Cognitive Mapping and Landmarking

• Cognitive Mapping and Landmarking are encoded, stored and used again by visual and spatial strategies found in performing arts training as well as online gaming

Date: April 3, 2013   Time: 8:00 pm Eastern

Free Registration

Sleep Rhythms: And the Beat Goes On

Sound Brain Fitness Series

Your brain is a grey, wet, squishy pattern seeking machine.  From daily changes in light to microsecond scale responses to music and voices, your brain runs on and generates the rhythms of your life.  And because we are so rhythmocentric at such a basic level, events that violate your normal rhythms often have serious impacts on us.  The field of chronobiology examines how the timing of environmental and internal events affects our cognition, our health and our daily life, whether it’s transient like focusing on a task or longer term like getting enough sleep.

Next week is National Sleep Awareness Week 2013. To kick it off I’ve invited neuroscientist and author Dr. Seth Horowitz back as my guest for another episode of the Sound Brain Fitness teleseminar series. Please join us for this free teleseminar on Monday evening, March 4th at 8 pm eastern for what is sure to be an engaging hour as we explore:

  • Rhythms of the environment and how they affect the rhythms of the brain
  • Rhythms and patterns of sleep – where they come from and what they do.
  • Interrupted sleep patterns – the consequences of insomnia, disruption, and EDS
  • Weapons of choice – tools for resetting the sleep clock and their side effects
  • Why an auditory sleep aid may be right for you

I hope you’ll listen. You can register here.

Sleep is not simple unconsciousness

Sleep Quote- Dr. Seth Horowitz

Sleep is one of the most important functions for daily life and continued health throughout the lifespan, yet it is one of our least understood behaviors. Our scientific understanding of sleep has evolved from thinking of it as a simple cessation of consciousness to realizing it is a complex neural behavior that is easily affected by everything from light exposure to diet and exercise. One of the most powerful ways of affecting sleep, for good or bad is through sound, as hearing is the only sense that remains highly active through most stages of sleep.

Tonight please join me and my guest, neuroscientist and author Dr. Seth Horowitz, as we examine the interactions between sleep and the auditory system, and how sound can be a powerful stimulus for both sleep interruption or induction and maintenance of healthy sleep patterns. The free teleseminar begins at 8:00 pm, Eastern.  Please note that registered callers will be first to call first served. We have capacity for 250 on the call, and up to 500 can listen on the web if the phone lines are full.  We will exceed capacity. I hope you’ll join us to learn more about sleep and to be the first to hear a special announcement that will offer new hope for the sleepless.  Register

Conscious Listening with Julian Treasure

For the past few months I’ve really been enjoying my new Sound Brain Fitness Series. These free monthly, 60 minute teleseminars are open to the public and cover wide ranging topics intended to help people transform their lives through a better understanding of sound, music, and the brain.

The next program is October 3rd at 8:00 pm eastern. My guest is Julian Treasure; author, four-time TED.com speaker, and leading sound consultant. The topic is Conscious Listening.  Julian and I will explore listening, our active relationship with sound. Listening is something almost everyone does, and it profoundly impacts on our health, effectiveness and relationships, and even changes our reality – and yet almost no-one thinks about it consciously or trains to become better at it.

Along the way they we’ll cover:

  • What listening is
  • How it differs from hearing and how we do it
  • Why our listening is in danger
  • The pros and cons of headphones
  • Five practices for becoming a conscious listener

Please join us for this exciting hour and register here. You can listen on the phone or online. When you register be sure to submit a question you would like to have answered on the call. There will also be an opportunity to call in and have your question answered live!

Chronobiology and Music

Chronobiology is a fascinating field of scientific study that examines biological rhythms. Arguably it can be said that life itself is all about rhythm and timing. After all, don’t we all march to the beat of a different drummer? OK… obvious pun, but my point is we are each living organisms driven by a circadian clock.  Some of us are owls, nocturnal beings that thrive in darkness; and others larks, who function best in the light of day.

Each of us is influenced by the neural mechanisms of our internal clock. Chronobiological music treatments tap into this biological mechanism as an effective means to manage some psychosomatic disorders including insomnia and depression. Next week on September 5th, I’ll be exploring the emerging research in this area with Austrian based music and media effect researcher Vera Brandes, Director of the Research Program Music-Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg.

Please join us September 5th, 8pm eastern for Chronobiology and Music: The Salzburg Experience,  a free teleseminar in my monthly Sound Brain Fitness series. Register Online.