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Healing and Meditating with Music

  Robert Sequoia is an accomplished musician who was a resident of Santa Fe, NM. He has played extensively throughout the Santa Fe, NM, region, with numerous sold out shows at the Loretto Chapel, as well as shows on Kauai, Hawaii. A classical guitarist, Robert Sequoia has released four full-length albums of music intended to facilitate healing and meditation.

Most individuals would not be surprised to discover that listening to music can provide a number of psychological benefits. However, the extent to which the human body and brain can be influenced by music is truly impressive, with music therapy gaining more and more traction with psychologists.

Music therapy draws on a variety of psychological benefits associated with listening to music, including emotional balance and decreased levels of stress. Studies indicate that music has a direct impact on the human stress response, especially in relation to the autonomic nervous system. Not only does music help prevent and mitigate stress responses, but it can help individuals recover from stressors faster than individuals who do not listen to music.

Music influences the brain in countless additional ways. One study found that listening to upbeat music can help with accelerated cognitive processing, while slower music yielded similar results with memory. Additional research efforts have indicated music can help with pain management and can also be used as a sleep aid.

Compassion, an Album by Robert Sequoia

 

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Compassion
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Accomplished classical guitarist Robert Sequoia is based in the Santa Fe, NM, region. In addition to playing on historic Santa Fe stages, such as Loretto Chapel, Robert Sequoia has recorded five instrumental albums, including one called Compassion.

Released in 1999 by Ancient Forest Music, Compassion provides listeners with an array of classical, easy listening, and pop music infused with international and New Age sounds. An extension of Mr. Sequoia’s album Essence of Life, the acoustic guitar tracks on Compassion are well-suited to daily meditation routines, particularly the sprawling opening song, “Streams and Rivers,” and the nearly 11-minute final track, “Opening.”

Other highlights of the album include “Para Tu Cumpleanos,” “Angels Must Have Brought Us Together,” “A New Day,” and “Song for the Moon,” which was a number-one single on radio station KKCR in Kauki, Hawaii.