This might be a time of year where you’re looking for, oh, some different ways to soothe, level, motivate, energize yourself and otherwise get on top of your cascading emotions. The EQ Foundation Course© ( http://www.webstrategies.cc/EQcourse.htm ) emphasizes great arts as an adjunct to Emotional Intelligence, though not-so-great are helpful too. May we suggest?
1. Need to get solidly centered
Like, as metaphysicians say, when you vision yourself growing a tail and having it grow like an anchor down to center of earth kind of centered?
Try anything with a big solid bass, up loud, but make sure lyrics don’t interfere. The right-brain will dominate and you’ll hear music first, but your left-brain will still be getting lyrics. Thus, avoid "Oh Elizabeth" which has beat, but lyrics are sad.
OUR SUGGESTION: “I Loved ‘Em Everyone,” by T. G. Sheppard
2. Need to deal with something heavy, such as last year your father died on Christmas Eve and here comes first anniversary
OUR SUGGESTION: Only classical music will work for this and that’s why we call it classical. For such a deep need, to maintain your grip when something’s rocked foundation of your world, we recommend, Beethoven’s “Eroica”.
"Eroica" means "heroic" and that you will need to be.
Beethoven lived through worst thing that can happen to a person. It’s there, in his music. For you.
3. To get lightly level
OUR SUGGESTION: Nothing will probably ever compare to Pachelbel’s "Canon". After that we give 5 stars to George Winston, particularly “December.” Good masseuses play these tapes. There are no ups and downs and that may be just what you're aiming at. :)
Also "What Child is This"
4. To rip heart out of Christmas, like when you want to just sit down in front of tree and cry at beauty and splendor of it all and get it over with and then eat a pint of Haagen Daz and go to sleep
OUR SUGGESTION: Pavarotti's Christmas video, Panis Angelicus duet with little boy, especially if you had a little boy who now has whiskers on his cheeks. Or Placido Domingo with Vienna Boys Choir. Then you can pull out your heart and put it on table beside you, right there beside dish of peppermints, and cinnamon-scented candle, and you'll know you had Christmas.
5. Want something Christmassy but light
OUR SUGGESTION: Harp music is good for this, like for baking cookies to. It doesn’t pull emotions. It’s close to lyre, instrument Greek god Orpheus played to soothe savage beasts, and to win a favor from Hades, god to whom there is no altar (death), god with whom there is no bargaining.
Completely upbeat, light and fun is "A Reggae Christmas," ( http:/ inyurl.com/y6sp ) by Various Artists, and yes, my friend, "sensei" does rhyme with "pear tree." Listen to it on way in to work. That's girl's laughter will carry you through your day - The Ras Family, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and June Lodge's "Joy to World" will put joy in YOUR world. 6. Need to get some physical work done, sick of Christmas, got kids around