April 22nd is Earth Day!
Earth Day is the one day we are reminded we have one earth and the importance of protecting it. Most of us get overwhelmed and ask, “Does my individual actions truly make a difference?”
The answer is, YES!
Want help finding ways to celebrate eco-promoting habits with clean air, water, and land? Check out 5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!
1. PLANT TO EAT
Yes, growing your own food can be a huge undertaking. Start out small. Pick up one (just one) packet of seeds and give it a go. Plant a few basil plants or an entire garden. You are on your way!
2. GO OUTSIDE
Earth Day is all about bringing attention to Earth and what better way than getting outside. Our earth is a beautiful and wondrous place to explore. Go for a run, hike, or walk with Lucid Audio’s Hearband™ Sport to soak in all of the wondrous and beautiful earth and nature offers while never compromising the special accompanying sounds or missing calls. Lucid Audio wants to celebrate Earth Day with you as you step outside and enjoy the sights and sounds.
3. KEEP YOUR CAR AT HOME
Leave your car at home if you can bike or carpool. The fewer cars on the road the better off we at keeping our air clean. Plus you may find yourself feeling great from the energy you receive from walking biking, or may make a new friend by carpooling.
4. PLANT A TREE
Just like picking up a packet of seeds, planting a tree is not as overwhelming as one may think. Trees are a big part of our earth, they provide oxygen and clean air. Planting one will add to the health and wellness of our world.
5. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Earth Day is the perfect day to educate and/or reacquaint yourself with simple steps for reusing and recycling. Timetorecycle.com is a great resource for frequently asked questions pertaining to recycling. Recycling protocols differ throughout the country. Check your city’s water and waste webpage to find out which plastics are accepted for recycling in your area.
When was the last time you listened? Like really, really listened?
There are so many sounds in our world that can go unnoticed. The chirping of the quietest bird in the nest, the soft swaying of tall grass, the pitter-patter of some afternoon drizzle.
Lucid Audio technology brings attention to the soft sounds that might otherwise go missed, bringing a magical quality to everyday experiences. Listening to the sounds that might go unnoticed can spark creativity. Poetry is powerful when it sheds new light on everyday experiences.
Poets throughout history have drawn inspiration from the sounds that others miss. We thought we would share some of these poems that celebrate sound with you!
Here are 3 of our favorite poems that celebrate sound:
In this poem, Robert Frost observes: “I wonder about the trees./ Why do we wish to bear/ Forever the noise of these/ More than another noise/ So close to our dwelling place?”
Frost takes note of the sound of wind blowing through the trees, and observes that though trees make noise as they sway, they do not truly move away since they are so deeply grounded.
Take Action: Put on a pair of Lucid Audio Hearphones, sit below a tree (or by a window), and listen to the sound of wind blowing through the trees. What do you notice?
Bradley notes, “If you listen closely some morning, when the sun swells/ Over the horizon and the world is still and still asleep/ You might hear it, a faint noise so far inside your mind/ That it must come from somewhere, from light rushing to darkness/ Energy burning toward entropy, toward a peaceful solution/ Burning brilliantly, spontaneously, in the middle of nowhere.”
In this poem, Bradley observes the power of the sun, and observes that you can hear the sun if you listen very closely. Do you think the sun makes a noise? Can you imagine that it does?
Take Action: Lie in bed with a pair of Lucid Audio HearBands. Turn up the Sound Amplification and observe what you can hear. Do the objects around you that seem silent make noise? Maybe the springs on your bed bounce when you move, or maybe, just maybe you’ll hear the moon climbing into the sky in the evening. Notice the sounds that you make. What does your breath sound like? What does it sound like when you sigh or run your fingers through your hair? Maybe you’ll feel inspired to write a poem about something unexpected that makes sound!
Minnie Bruce Pratt writes: “While I wait, I can hear the random clink of one fork/ against a plate. The woman next door is eating supper/ alone. She is sixty, perhaps, and for many years/ she has eaten by herself the tomatoes, the corn/ and okra that she grows in her backyard garden./ Her small metallic sound persists, as quiet almost/ as the windless silence, persists like the steady/ random clink of a redbird cracking a few/ more seeds before the sun gets too low.”
The sound of one fork against a plate sparks an inquiry around loneliness, self-sufficiency, routine, and resilience. Even the softest, most ordinary sounds can tell rich, moving stories.
Take Action: Think about an ordinary sound in your life that often goes ignored. Does this sound tell a story? Spend a day wearing a Lucid Audio product of your choice and “collecting sounds” in your memory that tell stories. We’re curious about what you find, so please share with us in the comments section!
We hope you enjoyed reading through these poems that celebrate sound. Lucid Audio products help you notice sounds that can easily go missed. We hope the sounds you hear will spark your creativity!
What does mindfulness mean to you?
For me, mindfulness means: being at peace with the present moment and noticing sensations, feelings, and thoughts as we allow them to pass. One of the best tools for practicing mindfulness is one we all have within us: our breath. Focusing on our breathing can reconnect us to our natural rhythm and help us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves.
While headphones aren’t usually associated with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation, Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones are unique because they give you access to the soft sounds around us and within us. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones work by amplifying the ambient sounds that are around us. These ambient sounds, like rustling of leaves, the purring of the cat, or even our own breath, can help deepen our practice of mindfulness. Feeling in-touch with our environments can help us feel mindful, and AMPED headphones do just that. This makes Lucid’s AMPED headphones the perfect headphones for mindfulness.
Amplify your Surroundings & Breath
The first time I tried on Lucid’s AMPED headphones, I noticed that the microphone picked up on my breath, delivering the sound of my breath back to my ears more clearly than ever before. Being able to hear the sound of my breath was soothing, and I kept the headphones on without even playing music.
I could suddenly hear sounds around the house that I hadn’t noticed before. I heard the chair creak as my dog jumped off of it. I heard someone across the house pouring a glass of water. And I heard my fingers tapping against my desk. Noticing all of these sounds helped me feel connected to my environment.
You’re in Control
One wonderful feature of the Lucid’s AMPED Headphones is that you have complete control over how much amplification you hear. You can easily turn the amplification off if you want to fully immerse yourself in a phone call or your favorite album. You have broad control over the degree of amplification you choose. You can hear as many or as few outside sounds as you’d like.
My personal recommendation is to spend a few moments everyday using your Lucid AMPED headphones solely to listen to ambient sounds. In the morning, you might consider sitting in a quiet place with your Lucid AMPED headphones and taking deep breaths to focus on the sound of your inhales and your exhales. For me, it is a truly beautiful experience to notice sounds that otherwise would have been hidden from me.
Check out Lucid’s AMPED headphones if you’re looking for headphones for mindfulness.