~ Moondance Wrapping Up 2017…Wait For It!
Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions by talented filmmakers, writers and composers we received, for the 2017 Moondance competition! We are finished with previewing all 2017 submissions, and announcements will be made very soon! ~ The Moondance Team
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The Humming Effect
Humming is one of the simplest and yet most profound sounds we can make. Research has shown humming to be much more than a self-soothing sound: it affects us on a physical level, reducing stress, inducing calmness, and enhancing sleep as well as lowering heart rate and blood pressure and producing powerful neurochemicals such as oxytocin, the “love” hormone.
In this guide to conscious humming, Jonathan and Andi Goldman show that you do not need to be a musician or singer to benefit from sound healing practices—all you need to do is hum. Experience the powerful vibratory resonance that humming can create and harness its healing benefits for body, mind, and spirit.
Self-created sounds can literally rearrange molecular structure and how humming not only helps with stress levels, sleep, and blood pressure but also increases lymphatic circulation and melatonin production, releases endorphins, creates new neural pathways in the brain, and releases nitric oxide, a neurotransmitter fundamental to health and well-being, and sound can act as a triggering mechanism for the manifestation of your conscious intentions. READ MORE HERE
JUST WONDERING: Why do all the images of Adam & Eve show them both with belly-buttons? Wouldn’t that mean that they were born from, presumably, 2 mothers, and sired by 2 fathers, who were there before them? It’s a conundrum, or maybe just artists’ misinterpretation of the Bible story!
SOME MORE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
“Flowers always make people better and happier; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ~ Luther Burbank
An oldie-but-goodie: “Young at Heart”, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, 1953
It’s much better by far to be young at heart.
And if you should survive to a hundred and five
Look at all you’ll derive out of bein’ alive
And here is the best part, you have a head start
If you are among the very young at heart
Equality, integrity, peace and nonviolence are ideals toward which we strive, in this film festival, in our lives and in the world. To stand by silently is not an option. Wherever you are on your life’s journey, we invite you to join us.
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