Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony. – Cat Stevens
Music heals the soul and gives your hands something to do while it’s doing it. Yes, there is a pay off in that finger poppin.’ Whether you are listening to it or create it yourself there is a guaranteed spiritual reboot when music is in the air. Breathe it in – breathe it out.
I sang everyday of my life until the singing stopped for a good long while. A couple of years ago I was living in the mid-west for a minute. On a lark I began singing again and won a local singing contest. From that time on I have not been too far away from my sheet music and practice tapes. It’s in my DNA to sing. When I don’t do it? Well, it’s kind of like I’m off my meds. And I don’t take meds. I don’t take them because I can sing! If I couldn’t sing? A super-cocktail of uppers and downers would def be in order I’m certain.
Since the start of the year I have been far more diligent about picking up my guitar and writing music again as well. I feel well. I feel like I felt when I was 18 and singing R&B and Jazz in nightclubs and cabarets in Los Angeles. A feeling I can only describe as being a little in love and breathing in pink air everyday. I owe this free floating high to music.
The thing is – even if you cannot carry a tune, and wouldn’t know where to begin to conjure up a song lyric, music is still there for you in a big therapeutic way. The power of a Work Out CD or a Break-up CD or a Motivational anything at all CD is not to be denied. Putting a collage of music together for yourself to listen to ( or for a friend going through a tough time ) helps with the attitude change that must happen for anything to change. It also is a temporary respite from whatever problems or circumstances you are trying to cope with at the time. It actually heals your pain.
So, choose your analgesic. From Puccini to the current Top 40. It all works!
Studies have been done on the healing benefit of music and the research finds that music provides: reduced symptoms of depression, stress release, hope, optimism, feelings of joy, and a stronger sense of autonomy. Children who are involved with music and music programs have higher grades, are better prepared for university and/or workforce, and they have far lower rates of addictive behavior overall. These perquisites continue into and through adulthood. Music creates a firm foundation of positive habits to grow on. Seriously, it pays to put the radio on. It feeds the hunger to do better and feel better while you are doing it.
No matter what is going on in your life, even if you think things couldn’t be better, the re-framing aspects of music will improve your outlook. And yes, things can be even better! The energy and power of music effects your very soul in a powerful, almost magical way.
Here’s the thing. January is a time to pull out all of the self-improvement stops. The altar. The journal. The exercise regime. Letters written you may never send but will allow you to forgive the trespassers in your life. The letting go of and the holding on to. While you are doing all of these positive things for yourself? Don’t forget the music. It’s everyone’s ticket to ride to joy and untold happiness.
And for those of you watching-what-you-are-eating-eaters out there? It is calorie free! Huge plus. HUGE.
We send… Love, Light and Oceans of Bliss for the Highest Good of All.
And so it is!