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Weightless by Marconi Union January 27, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.

Need a break?  Check out this video by Marconi Union.

Weightless has been shown to reduce stress by 65% (according to people who study and measure such things).

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more ways to de-stress:  7 Ways to De-Stress When You Can’t Go Outside (Harvard Business Review)

In a nutshell:  Move.  Laugh.  Breathe.  Journal.  Meditate.  Blow Bubbles.  Go with the Flow (cooking, painting, singing, playing in the sandbox, ironing sheets).  And . . . Listen to Music.  Like Weightless.


1. Ally Bean - January 27, 2022

I like the music but am not taken with the video. Looking at it makes me feel a little seasick. Listening however is great.

nrhatch - January 27, 2022

Watching the lights reminded me of fireflies on a summer’s evening, but I can see how seasickness could be an issue given the water’s reflection.

Maybe firelight beats fireflies when it comes to de-stressing.

2. Kate Crimmins - January 27, 2022

I didn’t find the music soothing but I didn’t get seasick so that’s a plus!

nrhatch - January 27, 2022

From a quick google:

* The group that created “Weightless”, Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

* Weightless by Marconi Union was found to reduce levels of stress and anxiety by a whopping 65 percent, and produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.

* What they found is that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates. Interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state.

* The British Academy of Sound Therapy assisted Marconi Union in writing the song, with special consideration toward sounds that would help soothe sleepy listeners. “Weightless” includes a heartbeat-like rhythm, calming melodies, and the incorporation of gentle chimes.

So . . . my theory? What Brits find relaxing is not what we find relaxing. They like tea. We’ll take coffee. 😀

Kate Crimmins - January 28, 2022

Yes! Tea would never do first thing in the morning.

nrhatch - January 28, 2022

Coffee = stimulating AND relaxing! 😀

3. Behind the Story - January 28, 2022

I like your theory, Nancy. The light-things moved too fast to seem relaxing to me. And they didn’t seem weightless. They looked like drones being moved by the drone operator. I might find the music relaxing if I was moving around, doing other things or if I was lying down with my eyes closed. But watching it on YouTube, I felt impatient.

nrhatch - January 28, 2022

I tend to agree, Nicki. I found I was “waiting” to see what the drones would do next rather than relaxing to the music. The article on 7 Ways to De-Stress is a good overview of the need to breathe and relax.

4. Val Boyko - January 28, 2022

What a treat! Thank you Nancy 💕

nrhatch - January 28, 2022

Glad you enjoyed! I’m getting back into yoga and your Vimeo channel has been a treat!

Val Boyko - January 28, 2022

Glad you are enjoying it Nancy! It’s a bit out of date, as I record for monthly members. I’ll pop something up there for you and others who want to play with props! Thanks for the inspiration. 💛🙏💛

nrhatch - January 28, 2022

Thanks! I’ve done the Chair Yoga lesson a few times and the Lunchtime Yoga a few times.

BTW: I’ve noticed a bit of crepitus. 😆

5. L. Marie - January 28, 2022

As usual, you have great posts. Like others have commented, I like the video in theory. But the music was less soothing than I had hoped it would be. Kudos to those who gained relief from it. That’s great!

nrhatch - January 28, 2022

Agreed. found the video interesting, but not relaxing. Like Nicki noted, having the music playing in the background might work better than sitting and watching a drone buzzing around.

And poor Ally . . . she got seasick! :mrgreen:

6. Debra - January 29, 2022

I often rely on music as a preferred way of relaxing. I have different play lists available to match my moods. It’s always interesting that when stressed there are playlists I reach for, and many others it’s best to avoid! 🙂

nrhatch - February 6, 2022

Enjoy your playlists!

I just read an excellent article on music and memory and cognition. Here’s the link:


7. Margaret - February 22, 2022

Over from Ally’s. I could certainly use some de-stressing. My usual strategy is reading a good book or writing. Walking also helps. Listening to music.

nrhatch - February 22, 2022

Hi Margaret! I thought that Ally’s Delightful Blogroll was brilliant. Thanks for swinging by. Walking, Laughing, Music, and Writing are great strategies to de-stress from distress. Cheers!

8. Endless Weekend - February 23, 2022

I once read that STRESSED spelled backwards spells out… DESSERTS 🙂

nrhatch - February 23, 2022

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