Thursday, May 10, 2007

Nature As Nurture

Only a few weeks after September 11, 2001, my eldest sister became gravely ill. It was a shocking, tumultuous time for the nation and the world. For our family, it was a time of fear and anxiety on far too many levels. Thankfully, Karen survived after a lengthy stay in the hospital and a long recovery at home. Like many other folks during that difficult time, Chuck and I had problems sleeping. If we could fall asleep right away, we would often wake up suddenly with a feeling of dread. We would turn on the television or the radio to listen to a few minutes of news. We were trying to ascertain that nothing else horrible had happened in the world. Briefly reassured, we would attempt to fall back asleep.

It was during this time that we discovered The Sounds of Acadia CD by Nature’s Symphony. I still remember the afternoon we played it for the first time. We hadn’t slept well the night before and I had a pounding headache. Chuck slipped it in the CD player and we let the sounds of surf, gulls and streams, recorded in Acadia National Park in Maine, coupled with gentle music wash over us. It wasn’t a magic wand, but it did make us feel sufficiently more relaxed that we played it again at bed time. We’ve played it nearly every night since. It still provides comfort.

Orange Tree Productions, the company that produces The Sounds of Acadia CD, has an extensive catalogue of music combined with the sounds of nature. Perhaps you’ll find one that soothes your soul.


purpleronnie said...

even across the world, we felt that dread and fear - we had our tvs on too checking what was happening. the images i saw that day were some of the worst ever - i will never get them out of my head.
you have such an evolved husband - mine would cringe at getting a cd like that ... but i'm working on it.. ;0)

Pink Granite said...

Hi Ronnie,
We know 9/11 had a worldwide impact. We were brought to tears by the outpouring of love and support that was shown toward the U.S. from all over the world. We feel our nation has damaged that bond, hopefully not beyond repair.

As for my "evolved husband" Chuck - he loved that description! And in truth he is very modern, open minded and egalitarian while at the same time an old fashioned, all around good guy!!!

- Lee

barbie2be said...

this sounds heavenly. i have a bunch of these "nature sounds" CD's.

aren't they just the best thing ever?

Pink Granite said...

Hey B2B ---
We have the Canadian Rockies CD as well and we love listening to the powerful, yet eerie cry of the Elk. It's like being back in Banff or Jasper! Very cool!
- Lee