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Positive Mental Health- The Magic in Music

9 Apr

We talked about the importance of positive mental health and what can help with this.

I said that I would use examples that people who had participated on mental health courses that I  had run had used. this almost always comes up from participants who admit that music plays such an important part in their lives.

Music is amazing

It encompasses every facet of our lives. Music reminds us of childhood memories,family holidays,falling in love , relationship breakups,  teenage nights out, first dances at weddings. We have even probably thought about the songs we would love played at our funeral admit it you probably have. Music is such an important part of our lives. It  lifts our moods or brings us to a deeper more relaxed state. Whatever it is with music it has the magic to change our mood.

We all remember the times we spent playing the same song over and over again after the break up of a relationship or the loss of someone we really cared for. Playing the song is almost like the pleasure-pain we experience from pulling at a tooth that is loose in our gum. It hurts but we continue to touch it.

The joy we can experience from the trance of participating in a drumming workshop or the simple joy of a song filled with sunshine that brightens up our day. Some songs lift us to places that we rarely get to experience in our everyday lives. Others might be quiet and contemplative like the beauty of Ennio Morriconne’s the Mission  or Cinema Paradiso or as engaging as the uplifting beats of dance music.

Or the amazing piece of music by John Cage called As Slow As Possible that is played in St Buchardi’s Church in Halberstadt in Germany. An organ has been specifically built for this performance and the first note was played on September 5th 2001 and that single note continued until 5th Feb 2003 when the next chord was played and once again on July 5th 2005 the chord changed. This piece of music will play one chord at a time until 2640 with the church filled with onlookers every time a new chord change happens. Just wonderful.

Either way music is a beautiful way to connect with our souls and we need to do it more often. I don’t just mean the wallpaper music we listen to on the radio all day. But finding special moments to allow ourselves to connect with a set of headphones or speakers and fall in love with Music that sends our spirits soaring.

Mood music helps with stress. Calming music can slow down brainwaves.Theta and Delta music are used for meditating and slows our brains down. If stress is a big factor in our lives. I would recommend that Theta, Delta music is used to relax and calm the mind. Slow music like this is also great at helping us study and soak the information we are reading into our subconcious. You can also use Binaural music which requires headphones and allows you to play music at 208 Hz in one ear and 200 hz in another ear which cancel each other out and leaves you with slow 8hz music.

Music may want to make you dance it may want to make you cry but whatever it does it allows you to express emotions and that is the beauty of being human.

For me I love a wide variety of music but when I need a lift I play the Two months Off by Underworld attached above to lift my spirits what a life affirming ray of sunshine it is. You Bring light in!!

What ever music you enjoy, Jazz,Soul, Rock, Gospel,Gothic…it doesn’t matter just Enjoy it Embrace it, Love it.

Music Lifts our spirits

31 Jul

Bombay bicycle club- Shuffle

It’s raining again. The weather really has not been up to much this summer. We live in a wet, green, rocky outcrop on the western seaboard of Europe. People are being affected by the unpredictable weather this summer has brought. I was asked to talk on WLR radio last Thursday on what we can do to lift our moods during the rain soaked summer days. More about that on another day. We know that music has the power to lift our spirits on those dark days. For now even as I look out of my rain battered office window I can only feel a lift in my spirits when I listen to this song. Enjoy

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