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Tim Ringgold shares his incredible story of love, loss and transformative healing through music [Interview]

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Tim Ringgold

Tim Ringgold, Author, Musician & Board Certified Music Therapist, sits down with Neil Moore and discusses music and it’s transformative healing powers. From the pitfalls and pain of extreme adversity, and what the power of music can do to revive us. Tim works with many walks and stages of life – from prenatal to adolescence; middle aged to elderly; learning differences to dementia, addiction and recovery. Both Tim and Neil discuss how their shared view of music helps the brain not only neurologically, but emotionally, and is a life-impacting necessity for all humans.


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Come a little closer and discover this wonderful Man for yourself – A few words from Tim Ringgold

Tim RinggoldTim is the Owner of Sonic Divinity Music Therapy Services and author of Sonic Recovery: Harness the Power of Music to Stay S.O.B.E.R. Tim’s mission is to empower people to reach for music when they are facing stress in work or life, rather than harmful substances or digital distractions. He spent the past 11 years in hospitals and treatment centers helping people to reduce pain and relieve stress. Tim has given over 80 talks nationally and internationally on the subject, including the very first TEDx talk on music therapy, and has shared the stage with top thought leaders and researchers on how music affects the brain.

The track that runs along side Tim’s professional journey is his personal journey, and this track has overcome many, many obstacles. From the murder of his 5 closest friends, to the early death of his father, to his own struggle with addiction, to the life and death of his special needs daughter, Tim has had to adapt and respond to adversity in several high-intensity experiences, which have led him to adopt a philosophy of faith and resilience that endless followers of his blog always comment on.

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Sonic Recovery – The Book

Sonic Recovery: Harness The Power of Music to Stay Sober

Either you or someone you love or treat professionally is currently struggling to break free from an addiction of some sort. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, money, sex, gambling, food, or technology, our modern society is a breeding ground for addiction. In Sonic Recovery: Harness the Power of Music to Stay Sober, board certified music therapist Tim Ringgold shares the science of what shamans have known for millennia: music is a powerful, efficient, and effective tool for healing.

In Sonic Recovery, you’ll learn why music is a vital tool for anyone looking to break the chains of addiction, and you’ll feel empowered to engage in the four pathways of music on a daily basis. Make it, listen to it, write it, and/or relax to it, but understand that music is powerful and, when not used consciously, can lead to relapse as easy as recovery. You’ll learn how to utilize this old friend safely in such a way that you’ll want to make it a cornerstone of your recovery journey!

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