Something Soothing

Fear and anxiety sends the nervous system into fight or flight. This directly affects physical pain. The pain is not, ‘in your head’, but soothing your nervous system and slowing your heart rate can start the process of dialling down the intensity of pain. Enjoying Art or anything you really love also directs the nervous system away from fear and towards comfort.
We have put together some recordings of some of the most beloved Drama and literature for the times when you need inspiration, soothing, or an emergency calming moment.

Directions:

Select your reading from our classically trained Actors and find a place to sit or lie down.
Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Deeply in and slowly out.

Do not try to push your thoughts away. Instead, observe them from a distance and see them drift past and away as they come fade. Keep breathing steadily.

Enjoy.

“I took the road less travelled by”

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Performed by Tom Clegg
Sound: David McLean
Music by Eddy by Lish Groves
Image: Gerhard Gellinger (Pixabay)

“I wandered lonely as a cloud”

William Wordsworth
Performed by Tom Clegg
Music: Meditation Impromptu 01 by Kevin MacLeod
Image: Gerhard Gellinger (Pixabay)

“Arise my fair one, and come away”

Excerpt from the Song of Solomon 2 King James Version
Performed by Tom Clegg
Sound: David McLean
Music: Audionautix
Image: Winterseitler (Pixabay)

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Performed by Ben Wesley Ashton
Sound: David McLean
Music: Keith Selmes, An English Country Garden in July
Image: Free-Photos (Pixabay)

“But soft…”

Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2 by William Shakespeare
Performed by Tom Clegg
Sound: David McLean and Kate Matthews
Music: Evening Fall Harp by Kevin MacLeod
Image: Nicolas Dionis (Pixabay)

“Be not afeard”

Two extracts from The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Act 3 Scene 2 and Act 4 Scene 1)
Performed by Dominic Gerrard
Sound: Dominic Gerrard
Music: Composed by Dominic Gerrard
Image: Игорь Левченко (Pixabay)

“I must go down to the seas again”

Sea Fever by John Ireland
Performed by Dominic Gerrard
Sound: Dominic Gerrard
Music: Composed by Dominic Gerrard
Image: kordula vahle (Pixabay)

“by the sweet power of music”

Extract from The Merchant of Venice by Wiliam Shakespeare (Act 5 Scene 1)
Performed by Dominic Gerrard
Sound: Dominic Gerrard
Music: Composed by Dominic Gerrard
Image: David Mark (Pixabay)