Singing is a phenomenally useful exercise and can be used as a tool by anyone, at any age!

It is a super exercise for many muscles as well as your lungs and respiratory apparatus generally.

So often we are discouraged from singing as a child – and we take this into our adulthood. The same happens for public speaking.

They are some of our “big fears” across the board!

Watch the video and see if you can relate to this – then see if there is an opening for new actions and learning to occur to transform your past into something much healthier!

At the same time it can transform your health too!

Singing is great for the soul, the lungs and the throat especially.But we are often discouraged when young…

Posted by Living Elements Clinic on Friday, 19 July 2019

Singing is Good for your Soul

By Gayle Palmer

Hi. This is Gayle Palmer from the Living Elements Clinic, the Osteopath.

One of the things that I really loved as a child and that I got totally put off from, which is so common, is singing. It is something that all children do, whether they do that well or not is a totally different matter, but it is part of a—

It is a soul expression for humans and it is actually a very important part of our development and our wellbeing.

All cultures have a culture of singing in varying degrees and for me it has always been something that I have enjoyed doing.

One of the challenges though when I was in the school choir was that I was not singing to the level which was required and as a result, I was asked at one point to leave. This did not go down well to be fair – at the age of seven, to be asked to leave the school choir – because in my world I was doing the best that I could. Now, I am also clear that I was not singing quite the same way that the rest of my peers were singing. But, that was how I was with it. And so from that time on when I was asked to leave, I decided that I could not sing and I should not sing, and pretty much like I would not sing and I did not sing. (Yes, I did still sing in school assembly because they are so quiet. Yes, I occasionally sing at other times because it was required.)

I did do a lot of humming. And I remember sort of tunelessly whistling. You may have a recollection of that as a child yourself. But singing, pretty much “no”.

And interestingly, it went as far as being unable to remember more than the first stanza of the song. However, much I liked or enjoyed the song. I saw this again newly, about twenty years ago now. Doing a course called the Landmark Forum (which is still available in London and it is run by a company called Landmark Education. You can find them at www.landmarkworldwide.com, and I would highly recommend doing it.)

But as a result, I started having singing lessons. Now, I have always had a problem with pitch. I have a large voice. I am perfectly able to project it without any problems but pitch… that is my bugbear. So, I am rarely unable to use my voice as much as I would like but I decided I would start having singing lessons and I really enjoyed them.

And a couple of years after I started, actually probably considerably less that, I was getting married, and I decided I wanted to sing or at least prepare a song to sing at my wedding – which I did. And miraculously, I managed to hit top C which was the final note at the end of the song – Absolutely perfectly, (I am still not quite sure how I managed to do that ) and as I look out on the congregation, first of all, the men started bursting into tears, followed by the women!! So, about the time we came out of the church, pretty much everyone had been in tears at some point – which is actually was quite funny to watch. But it was a fantastic experience for me.

Now, I am not saying that I am still the world’s best singer because I am very clearly not. But, it is a beautiful, beautiful, Summer’s evening here in Sidlesham. The sun is… what time is it? It is early July, it is almost half past eight in the evening and it is just gorgeous at the moment. So, I thought I would sing you an African lullaby and you will probably know it. Apologies if I do not sing it perfectly but just enjoy what you can.

 

[Singing]

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’

So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing

And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning, there ain’t nothin’ can stop you

So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.”

I even got birds singing in the distance now. How sweet is that? I hope you enjoyed that.

If you feel like taking up singing, it is a fabulous exercise. It is great for your lungs, your voice, your heart and your self-expression. Give it a go. Bye for now.

© Gayle Palmer Living Elements Clinic

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