“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” – Deepak Chopra

With the general state of the world at present, it’s easy to understand why there is a feeling of uncertainty, anxiety, and frustration in the air. These feelings can sometimes lead to stress and exhaustion.

There are various ways to relieve this and something we are fond of, that has recently gained in popularity, is the importance of meditation. General health benefits include a clearer state of mind and positive thinking which ultimately leads to focus and better results in everything you do.   

To control your breathing is a priceless tool. In the words of Svami Svatmarama, (Hatha Yoga): “When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still.”

Findings point out that meditation leads to lower levels of cortisol thus, a relaxed and much more effective body. This allows breathing to be less constricted and your voice to flow freely as it works together with the subconscious mind to meet new levels.

The voice is in so many ways the most powerful and versatile instrument, producing endless possibilities in sound and in emotion. Whether it is opera, rapping, yodelling or storytelling, animation and even corporate work, how a message is delivered vocally is an art form, a skill and a creative entity of its own.

Now, just think what we could achieve within the craft of voiceover if the mind was still and the voice regularly exercised.

With meditation you can lose yourself in your sub-conscience and let your true strengths be revealed by a force greater than your conscious self.  Whether before a live performance, in a studio session, or just to elevate to a higher sense of self…let yourself go and just…breathe.

                                                                                                                     -HONEY, November 2016

*recommended meditation apps:  Buddhify, Headspace and Calm