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Ep 7: Music: The Bridge Between the Cell & The Self w/ Tim Ringgold

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Tim’s gift and medicine to the world was born through the traumatic experience of his 5 best friends being murdered. By attending a music performance and experiencing relief for the first time since the death of his friends. This transformational experience lead him to discover music as a therapeutic tool that shifted everything about him and his life. This touching episode is a deep dive into the pain and trauma we can experience in recovery and how music can be a gateway to experience healing, or it can also be an avenue to induce cravings and lead us back to addiction. Tim shares intimately about his experience with sex, porn and substance abuse addiction and the turning point when he met his wife and made a decision to heal and leave his vices behind. Tim breaks down the correlation between music and the nervous system which is so enlightening in itself. Teaching us the power of the relaxation response to shift our nervous system state to reduce stress and further create space for shifts to happen toward healing. This episode is truly enlightening!

Key Points:

8:18- Porn Addiction anyone?

16:17- Finding Identity through music.

16:49- The turning point- My 5 best friends are murdered.

17:38- 5 mineral in 4 days – The experience of trauma & loss

19:00- The heart opening experience

19:40- Finding purpose from the pain

20:15- Prescribing music as medicine

27:13- Music + Stress =Craving

29:00- Recovery from Sex addiction

30:50- Working in the field of Recovery

33:33- From addict to wounded healer.

36:36- What do music and the old vagal theory have in common?

41:00- “She don’t lie” “She don’t lie” “She don’t lie”.. Cocaine— Inside the MRI Machine

45:30- The body will always tell you

47:40- How we can relapse through music & don’t even know were doing it

50:30- Creating a Power Play List to promote well-being

55:09- Low hanging fruit- Relief is right in front of us

59:40- The evolutionary arch of music

1:03:00- A moment of healing in drum circle

1:04:29- Processing trauma through the beat

About Tim Ringgold:

Tim Ringgold is a board certified music therapist, columnist for Recovery Today Magazine, and the author of the book, Sonic Recovery: Harness the Power of Music to Stay Sober. He has provided music therapy to thousands of teens and adults in residential treatment, and is a sought-after international speaker, having shared the stage with some of the top minds on the subject of music, addiction, and the brain. Tim was the first person to give a TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012. Tim is also a former Regional President of the American Music Therapy Association. Personally, Tim walked into his first 12-step room on Feb. 17, 2003, so he knows first-hand what it’s like to work and play a program of recovery.

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