Round no 2....boing!
This is my second speech I made at toastmasters.....8 March 2006 ,7:00 Toastmasters PTA East, C&L 2 , 5 -7 min
The Song of the Dancing Sun
Mr ToastMaster .....Ladies........and Gentlemen
You've taken all your vitamins, You've had enough sleep, 8 hours, Your not tired. You've gulped down 6 glasses of water evenly spread throughout my day. You've had a healthy amount of bowel movements, And you are quite clean, cleansed and scrubbed, even moisturized .But still...still. You don't feel fully healthy, You're lying on my bed, staring at the sealing, and you don't feel like doing anything, you're in a bad mood!How can You feel better?
Well now...let me tell you... try taking these 3 nutrients for the soul.Listen to some music, find some sunlight, and move your body! Just as we were born with the capacity to process language, we were born with the ability to apprehend music. Our brain is a wonderful mass of gross grey stuff. It can unconsciously take sound energy and translate it into basic musical components of melody, harmony and rhythm.Just like the spoken language, music is a sound based form of communication with just a few basic rules that can be combined in an infinite number of ways. Infants can even at the age of four months, show a musical preference. We were born to enjoy music and it also has always been part of our natural environment. Whales and birds produce songs that are remarkably similar to our own. Whales have a remarkable vocal range of seven octaves and the ability to even use repeating refrains in a ballade. Scientists then can actually identify the year and ocean of a specific whale song by comparing it to a recorded collection.Studies have shown that music is highly effective in undoing a bad mood, raising energy levels and reducing tension. Music acts as a repetitive mental stimulus, that can evoke emotion, recall memories and basically, makes you feel good.
Just as we were born with the ears to hear, we were born with eyes to see, so...Let there be light.... Have you noticed that you feel more upbeat and energetic on a bright sunny day, than on a dull grey one !? It is because natural light energizes and sustains us, and it has been for thousands of years.Unfortunately, with the advent of modern technology, we get little exposure to natural sunlight because we spent our days working or living indoors. Studies have shown that on the average, no matter where people live, they only obtain one hour of sunlight per day. The amount of natural light you get exposed to everyday definitely affects you mood, and makes you feel depressed. This occurs especially in the fall and winter months and has been identified as seasonal affective disorder, SAD, you feel sad. This has led to extensive testing of the effectiveness of what is called bright light therapy. This is were patients undergo daily treatment with exposure to bright light of 10 000 lux, which is basically equivalent to 10 000 candles or one morning sunrise. And there is now a scientific consensus that this Bright Light Therapy is effective for SAD. So it can make you happy J why ? you know why! So if you maybe feel depressed go outside, get some sunlight, please don't look at the sun you'll hurt yourself, but just absorb some sunlight, and you may feel yourself feeling better.
Consider also while your outside in the sun, to move a bit. We are biologically designed for movement. And until recently hard labour was still a necessity of daily life as we learned to plant, sow, harvest crops, sailed on ships and trekked with ossewa's J Living so close to nature was hard work but it is part of our genetic makeup. That is why physical inactivity is physiologically and psychologically unhealthful. We live in a time where some kind of electronic or otherwise mechanized equipment has taken over our physical work. Computers, automobiles, televisions that are suppose to make life easier make us fat and depressed. Obesity today is almost an epidemic, and much more than a physical problem. It disrupts our psychological functioning by depleting our energy and by lowering our self-esteem. And it doesn't just help to decrease your calorie intake, you have to move dat body. Physical activity has a tranquilizing effect that reduces stress and anxiety more effectively than any medications designed so far, it is the single best method for getting out of a bad mood. So you're lying on your bed, feeling depressed. You decide to turn on the radio, you get RSG and quickly change to Highveld J and you hear the old classic song of Billy Joel, Don't worry, be happy. You remember the time at an aventura resort in the summer were you were sitting by the pool, having a ice cream, taking a break from playing Frisbee. You remember how good you felt..... Suddenly you get an idea, ...open the window. As soon as you feel the ray of sunlight hits you, you feel more energized, more awake. Suddenly there are popping ideas into your head. You decide to take the dog for a walk.You start feeling better, now you know why....These free nutrients are free, easy accessible, with no major side effects. To be taken 3-4 times weekly, or as necessary.