Cure City Stress with Urban Enchantment. An article on LoFi Music.

The last decade has brought out some pretty experimental music. Soundcloud and other streaming apps, allow for more artists and creators to get music streaming to the masses. So, what is it about “Lo-Fi” (Low Fidelity) music that has people hooked and listening, over and over again in recent years?

LoFi seems to give the same psychological effect as meditation music, and helps the listeners focus on studying, work or other activities with more ease. LoFi music creates a sound that is not only serene but also has some characteristics you won’t find in traditional meditation music. Bridging gaps between genres that are already very popular.

The sound quality and ‘imperfectness’ of these songs are what remind listeners of the natural thing that we find in nature, nature sounds, and art aesthetics. With less focus on creating a perfect masterpiece, the artist focuses attention on the overall enchantment that the sound brings to the listener.

In many cases this music has an urban twist to it that other calming and transcendent music from the past has lacked. We have heard nature sounds plenty over the years, but is that to say we only feel peace and calm outside of the city? No.

LoFi shows that the city is actually a place to experience soul-earth connection just as much as the natural world. LoFi is a sound connected to the real urban and concrete jungle many live in and experience today.

A major characteristic of LoFi music, is it’s inability to be defined. Many LoFi artists create a smooth blend-in-ability and an almost anonymity feeling to the artist and listener alike. The chill and ethereal sound is soothing and slow-paced in a very high strung technological world. Taking the hustle and bustle out of things, and replacing it with the keys to simplicity. The sound seems to help bring our consciousness to an efficient oneness with our surroundings. Suddenly, we feel our movements move with the music and our spirits seem to chill, focus and breathe.

In a way, the sound we hear inside of LoFi beats helps to detach the listener from their heavy and stress filled world; while also reattaching them to their higher, less perplexed auras. A mix of two things that we love about music and meditation alike. With more and more dependence and reliance on computers and media, we find lo-fi becoming even more popular, bringing with it a feeling of reminiscing whilst creating something new.

From Lo-Fi’s early introduction in the late 80’s(see Nujabes and J Dilla) and progression into what we love from this genre today, LoFi beats seem to be outlasting and ramping up listenership across the globe. Uniting our favorite elements of music into easy listening, and curing people of their overwhelmed and stressed out moods. Lo-Fi has changed the way we view music, technology, the city and new age all together. Low Fidelity music has combined all of these things into a niche subgroup~ a niche now becoming a major genre amongst listeners of every age, culture and environment.

The next time you need some new creative juices, or extra focus when you just can’t seem to muster up the strength, turn on some LoFi beats. You will soon find yourself sinking into the musics soul vibes.

Meditation to Calm Anxiety

Lay back, completely relaxed. Take 5 deep breaths in and out. Every limb is at rest.

Blue breezes and warm waters surround you as you swim in the sea. You look up to the sky seeing dusk pull over you, wrapping you in its gentle calm.

The trickling of a water fall that is close dances through your ears and when you close your eyes you can hear birds far off in the distance. Their sweet chirping reminds you of early morning, but you are simply ending your day and falling into nights peaceful sleeping bed.

The water slowly crashes to the shore, back and forth. With every wave you feel the sand beneath your toes winding and weaving.

Laying down on the sand, you let the sea waves climb up to your warm relaxed body, the sea is so warm and inviting. You lay there listening to the trickling water fall, it sounds so melodic and transcends you to another time.

Looking up at the sky slowly getting darker, you see the moon and a couple of stars, they are brilliantly vibrant, clouds surround them, purple and blue clouds next to the dark pink and orange sky.

The clouds begin to move in thicker, you can feel the breeze set in and a few drops fall onto your knee. Then a few more rain drops falls on your face.

The rain is warm, feeling much like the sea you are laying near, the sea that keeps creeping up and down your legs.

The rain is falling and you lay there feeling everything and wishing to be no where else.

You breath deeply, filling your lungs with fresh sea air. It smells like sand and seaweed, the two blend perfectly together, putting all of your senses at ease.

You wrap yourself up in your blanket and let the rain wash down on your face. You are completely comfortable, warm and relaxed.

The sea and the rain are comforting your every breath, you breath in deeply again, smelling the sea breeze and the sand all around you.

The rain begins to calm, and the sun is almost completely set behind the sea in front of you.

You begin your peaceful walk home, taking the long way through the sandy beach.

With every step, your feet sink into the soft sand, feeling like clouds beneath you.

The waves still crashing in the distance, in and out.

The sun still peaking out and lighting your way home.

The waterfall still trickling.

The birds still chirping.

And dusk wrapping you in its gentle calm.

You arrive to your home, in perfect peaceful condition.

Meditation for Energy

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Sit down, relax and transcend into the energy vortex. This meditation will help you find your inner galactic goddess.

Closing the eyes and open the mind and slowly breath in and out of your nose. Then in and out of your mouth, repeat this, from nose to mouth throughout this exercise.

When you are thinking about yourself, visualize you.. with a glow around you.

Everything that you must deal with in this life is like a subtle change and bounces right off of your eternal light that you emit so freely and so steadily.

This yellow glow and light is your energy. This energy is ever flowing, ever freeing. Smooth frequency and high vibrancy, this light does not flicker nor fade.

Where ever you go this light follows you and remains with you through life’s battles.

You picture this light surrounding your feet as you walk, it springs you from one step to the next.

You picture this light around your legs, it moves you forward and keeps every stride of your walk meaningful and exuberant.

The light surrounds your hips and guides you from harm and helps with your joy in movement.

The light encompasses your abdomen and chest. The warmth keeps you strong and firm, glowing with ethereal gleam.

The vibrancy flows through your neck and head while lifting darkness and empowering growth and change through love and spirit.

You wear this light on your head and in your hands. Pure positive radiance is with you and is you. These guiding glistening flows are your amazing ethereal energy.

You are amazing ethereal energy. You are powerful, shining and graceful. You are energy. Beautiful ever changing, ever glowing energy.

Moon in Leo

These lunar signs have a neccesity to harness attention. Through glamour and sophisticated emotion we find this luna sign in awe of life. Cordial and inviting, while going through lunar phases. This sign leads by the power vested in fire. Fire emotions, and blending water with flame, we see the heat rise up through their rain and somber.

Lune

Deeper feelings and necessity is present from the Moon. Lune attains unconscious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of ourselves are found in this enlightened planet. Conception of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

Leo

The Leo is confident, charming, and full of life. Leader of the Zodiac, Leo pounces onto the scene commanding attention. Always showing devotion, loyalty is very important to lions. They do not shy away from devouring, and fight for what they desire. Usually very attractive, and know when it is appropriate to be tame or savage. Navigating through trouble, Leo always finds new ways to make life electric.

element: fire

planet: sun

quality: fixed

Moon in Cancer

Emotions run deep for this moon sign. Feeling things out before jumping in; this moon sign is sensitive. Moon in Cancer uses prudent precision when entering into anything new. Relationships and love fill the mind and heart of this moon sign, taking deliberate steps towards profound connections with their loved ones. A very powerful place for the moon to revel.

Deeper feelings and de toute nécessité is present from the Moon. Lune attains unconcious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of our vraie même are found in this enlightened planet. La concrétisation of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

Cancer

Mother and Goddess, Cancer is ruled by the moon. She is the all knowing emotions and nurturer. Depth of Cancer soul is endless, like that of the Oceans. Calming and compassionate, Cancer is always rescuing someone. Taking care of people and nursing them back to health. She is tender, alluring and sensitive.

element: water

planet: Moon

quality: cardinal

Mars in Aries

This war horse runs in before anybody in the Zodiac. Fierce, extreme and potent. The love for the battle persuades them that nothing will stand in their way. Usually the case, as Mars in Aries was made for war. Passionate and domineering like a horse running towards the front lines. Always quick witted and somewhat scolding, finding tedious things to be a complete waste of time. Unless knowing they will gain from doing them. A master at playing their cards right the first time.

Mars

Survival and animal instincts are found in Mars. This planet représente war, drive and determination. Also, Mars depicts our sexuelle desires and passion. Action and energy claire from this aggressive planéte.

colour: rouge

metal: iron

crystal: bloodstone

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Aries

The powerful warrior, who goes to action before anything else. Aries is a fire sign, strong, powerful, and great. Withstanding many battles in the name of war! Relentless at pursuing what they want. Love is difficult and strong for Aries, seeing steady as a lock on simple freedoms. The love for a partner comes quickly and can leave even faster! Constantly changing their minds, and hoping for something better around every corner. Even when an Aries finds what they want, it will be hard for them to settle down and revel in pleasure.

element: fire

planet: mars

quality: cardinal