Listen up, audio boffins think they’ve got the perfect way to put you in … – Your Local Guardian

Audio boffins have come up with an altogether more positive way to influencing train passengers’ emotions than delays or cancellations do.

Sony and Eurostar have teamed up to create the ‘Sound Menu’ which provides commuters with the perfect selection of music to get them into the right mood for their journey’s end.

The innovative system has been devised with senior lecturer in psychology of music at Keele University, Dr Alexandra Lamont, drawing on a studies into music and mood regulation to recommend five playlists that help travellers prepare, relax and focus on route to their destination.

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These playlists include varying styles and tempos of music to evoke different emotions, and are more about musical types rather than specific songs.

They include dance tracks to ‘psych you up’ as well as relaxing music to celebrate a ‘job well done’.

The Sound Menu is optimised for use with Sony’s 1000X wireless noise-cancelling headphones.

Matt Coupe, head of sound, UK & Ireland at Sony, said the music helps commuters to “cut out the chaos around them”.

He said: “We know that music, if listened to in the right way, can be a form of escapism or can help focus the mind.

“We saw from research many are unable to relax or fully immerse themselves in music.”

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Dr Lamont added: “Creating an ‘auditory bubble’ while travelling, such as through the use of noise cancellation technology, can allow passengers to get more from their journey, helps people block out environmental noise and allows them to focus on the moment or the task at hand.

“We know that different music creates different moods, and the traveller can immerse themselves in music that suits or changes their mood to make the journey pass more pleasantly.

“Being able to eliminate these noises and replacing them entirely with the sound of your choice leads to an all-round more relaxed experience.”

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Neil Roberts, head of digital at Eurostar, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve our passengers’ journeys, and the new Sound Menu created by Sony offers our travellers a way to get more out of their time on board, whether it’s focusing on work, or relaxing after a busy day.”

The Sound Menu follows a study of 2,000 commuters which found more than a quarter can never fully relax on a journey and 23 per cent complain about being unable to ‘switch off’ ahead of important meetings.

Nearly 40 per cent of travellers blame noise made by other people for causing them stress, while two thirds say music helps them relax.

The playlist are currently only being trialled on Eurostar trains during April but would you want to see, or rather hear, something similar introduced on Southeastern and Southern trains to help improve your mood? What other things would make train journeys more pleasant? Add your comments below.


CORREGIDO-OFICIAL-BREVE-Danske Bank oficial principal de finanzas: doble dígito … – Reuters

(Corrige en el cuarto apartado de Danske Bank oficial principal de finanzas confía en el buen crédito
calidad (no préstamo neto pérdida de reversión) para continuar. Banco rectifica
La oficial principal de finanzas de la declaración inicial.)

El 28 de abril de Danske Bank Jefe de
El Oficial financiero Jacob Aarup-Andersen hizo la siguiente
comentarios a Reuters después de que el banco de Dinamarca mayor, informó
Q1 de lucro por encima de las previsiones de los viernes.

* “Con el doble dígito (préstamos) tasas de crecimiento que hemos visto
en banca personal en Suecia y Noruega sería natural
asumen que pueden continuar durante el resto del año,”
Aarup-Andersen dice

* Dice que no fue muy alta en el mercado de capital de la actividad en el
La región nórdica en la Q1, especialmente impulsado por el danés y el sueco
los mercados hipotecarios

* Dice que se centrará en asociaciones en lugar de las adquisiciones de
dentro de fintech

* Dice que espera que la tendencia de la buena calidad del crédito para continuar

* Q1 gastos por deterioro del préstamo se mantuvo baja, con neto
reversiones de CORONAS danesas 0.2 millones (31,6 millones de EUROS), Danske Bank
dijo más temprano el viernes
Para más información sobre la Q1 ingresos, haga clic aquí:
Empresa de cobertura:
(Presentación de informes por Stine Jacobsen, edición por Nikolaj Skydsgaard)


Interfaith: Meditation practiced around the world – Ventura County Star

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It’s 5:30 in the morning, and I’m sitting at a window facing east.

The sky is brightening. The birds are beginning to stir.

I see the sky burst red, pink and orange. I sit and breathe and watch.

I put on a meditation from an app on my smartphone called Insight Timer.

The soothing voice of spiritual teacher Michael Stone begins a meditation by guiding me into a relaxed, comfortable sitting position and conscious awareness of the flow of my breath, in and out, in and out.

For 30 minutes, the sky displays its magnificence, and I gently move into stillness, peace and the day ahead.

Meditation is practiced around the world by a global community of people who meditate for a thousand different reasons.

Some are working to heal heart and blood pressure conditions, while others are seeking release of anxiety and stress.

Others love making a connection to a sense of transcendental interconnectedness.

Many people simply wish to deepen their inner peace and express gratitude for their blessings in a profoundly relaxed experience.

In Hinduism, Vedic teachings state that the universal divine self resides within your heart, and the way to recognize divinity is to focus your attention inwardly in a process of contemplative meditation.

In the Jewish tradition, students of the Kabbalah meditate in order to transform their basic inner nature with the fundamental external nature by internalizing symbols and gradually absorbing their characteristics.

In the Christian scriptures, we are encouraged by the Apostle Paul to focus our attention on whatever is true, right, honorable, pure, lovely, excellent and praiseworthy.

Within Islam, a goal of meditation in Sufi practice is to prevent the mind from wandering, as the heart focuses on God. Spoken words in prayers, chants and singing actively entreat God through repetition of the holy names.

There are many forms and traditions of meditation, but the essence of meditative practice often includes five main things:

Sitting: Find a quiet place without interruptions. Sit in a comfortable but supportive chair. Make it a practice to sit in the same place at the about the same time each day for about 20 minutes.

Music or object: Relaxing music or a flower or scented candle to focus on can assist.

Breathe and relax: Take several deep, slow breaths. Relax your neck and shoulders, back and hips, legs and feet.

Image: Visualize a calming scene. Many people see aspects of nature, such as the surf rolling in and out at a peaceful beach or sense a stream in a beautiful forest.

Specific religious aspects: There are so many possibilities. The meditator could emphasize gratitude to God, affirmations to the divine source of all good or prayers for blessings sought for the meditator or for others.

Whatever your reason for meditating or style of meditation, make the goal to open your heart, clear your mind and rest your body.

Let this be a time to be intimate and gentle with yourself.

Know that it matters to the world that we are learning to calm and make peace within ourselves.

The Dalai Lama said, “If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Let peace begin with me.

The Rev. Molly Rockey is the spiritual leader of Unity of the Oaks in Thousand Oaks. To find out more, you can visit or call 496-6901. Rockey is a member of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association, which meets monthly and welcomes clergy and representatives of all faiths.

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