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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Singing a happy song?
Following on from posting about singing on Sunday, and all the encouragement I got (thank you!), I decided to have yet another go at doing something about it...
I tried using an ecstatic body posture. The one I used came from a book called "Ecstatic Trance Positions" by Belinda Gore (uk, us). I choose one that is in the section on transformational postures. It is called the Machalilla Posture as it follows the form of an urn found in Machalilla in western Ecuador. The posture is described well in the book and is one I've used before with other intents. The position is described as one that helps shift one's perspective - which seemed like what I needed to do.
I listened to "Amazon Drumming To Journey By" by Kay Cordell Whitaker (us). And I had the intent of finding my voice.
As usual, for me, with these postures I just felt uncomfortable whilst holding it and didn't experience any kind of journey. (The book describes all sorts of wonderful daydreams that people have whilst in specific postures but I seem to only do that find of journey when I'm much more comfortable!)
But when I came back I found that something really has shifted. I can hear my voice in quite a different way and I've been laughing much more fully.
I felt sufficiently inspired that I went to my local charity bookshop and for the first time ever braved the basement where they keep music. There was a very friendly chap in there who was looking for trumpet music - he turned out to be a music teacher and he was encouraging too... I've come back and have been picking out various songs on our keyboard and singing along... (it does help that Jim is away at the moment...) and I've discovered the range within which my voice is most comfortable - somewhat lower than fits most of the music ;-)
I have also been going around singing for the fun of it - not songs just singing my thoughts and my voice sounds much better than I recall. Even my speaking voice sounds better to me.
Of course all of this is still whilst I'm on my own but even if this is all the improvement I can expect it is a wonderful step forward and I am daring to hope for more.
Wish me luck!