They say music washes away the dust from a weary soul.
Have you ever turned to music to release stress? Whether it was listening to sad songs when you were feeling down or upbeat songs when you were feeling happy, music actually soothes your soul.
We use music for entertainment, expression, celebration, ceremony, leisure, and communication. Whether we are musically inclined or not, it is most likely the one thing that truly connects all humans from all cultures, creeds, and corners of the earth.
We play music at our weddings to celebrate love, and at funerals to say goodbye. We listen when we are bored, and dance to it when we want to have fun. We sing praises and worship our deities with it.
And sometimes, we also use music for healing. Music therapy is a recognized and accepted form of therapy.
Healing with sound dates back as far as ancient Greece.
Apollo was the god of both music and medicine (a strange, but viable combination).
Aesculapius was believed to cure mental disorders with songs.
The philosophers Plato and Aristotle both claimed that music affected the soul and the emotions.
Hippocrates played music for his patients, too.
In biblical times, instruments were used to vanquish evil spirits from human souls. Instances of sound healing therapy are limitless. Yet, it remains misunderstood.
And it has been proven that listening to music makes us more productive and creative; it can relieve tension and, depending on the sort of music, can improve our moods. This is because listening to music floods our brains with dopamine — the happy chemical. It also releases Oxycontin, a natural painkiller and hormone that allow us to bond with and trust people. Music stimulates so many parts of the brain as well as the emotions it can actually lower your blood pressure and heart rate
Music is powerful. It can change our brains, and so it changes our bodies.
Everyone has different taste when it comes to music, whatever is your preference, listen to it more. It can only help and heal you while you face the tough times we all eventually go through.
Humming, singing, chanting as you meditate, saying certain mantras or prayers, or even if you have an instrument you love to play, whenever you are in need of a boost or a moment of relaxation, use music to your benefit.
Certain tools like singing bowls or wind chimes might be the most magical of all the sound therapy tools. Who of us is not amazed by the sound of them? Wind chimes might simply garden ornaments or decorations to most of us, but they go far back in time to India, China, and even Ancient Rome. Both are said to harmonize and maximize the flow of our “Chi” or life force. Since they require the natural element of air to sound them, they are also said to carry elemental power.
Healing with sound is a vast subject that still requires much research to be fully understood.
Next time you need a “pick me up,” a boost, or even a vent, put your favourite playlist on. You will notice the change in your mood instantly.
But whatever the reason you listen to music, I hope it makes your heart sing.