The Healing Power of Music

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

In addition to my yoga mat - for movement, breath practice and meditation - listening to music has always been a go to for me to feel good. And just like yoga-related practices, listening and playing music works in the same way. “Music literally changes the brain. Neurological researchers have found that listening to music triggers the release of several neurochemicals that play a role in brain function and mental health: dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and ‘reward’ centers.”

It works this way best when I just listen and not do anything else. I select some music that resonates with me at the moment and just listen for a while.  Maybe sing along if there are words and move if my spirit calls me to do so. I do feel that music is food for the soul. The combination of sounds, harmonies, voices, instruments, all “play” our deepest selves. It is a place we can go to just for us. When we talk about self-care, often what comes up is the practices of yoga, controlled breath and meditation as well as periodic massages, all as methods to keep our body in balance, alleviating stress and as preventive measures for ill health in body, mind and heart. 

Music has the same effect! It is another “be well be happy” method. When we are happy, healthy and whole, we can be present with love for ourselves and for others. It is no wonder that music therapy has a place in the alternative healthcare system today. It is used to alleviate symptoms of an illness and stress, often alongside traditional medicine.

My dear friend, Kathy Lord (Nicolosi) founded Music That Heals over twenty years ago to bring the healing power of music to ill children and adults. The organization now fulfills this role through both live and virtual musical performances. The professional musicians who participate in the program come from all walks of life and musical backgrounds—representing various types of music. The recent partnership with God’s Love We Deliver has further expanded its reach, bringing music to those who have meals delivered by this organization.

During this season of giving, if you have someone in your life who would benefit from a unique recorded concert made just for that person, this may be just the right gift. It is a great gift to lift spirit for the holidays, birthday or just because. 

Go to musicthatheals.org for more information. 

“The first musical instrument ever employed is likely to be the human voice, although archaeologists also found several rudimentary instruments, such as flutes, dating back to more than 35,00 years ago.” (musicwave.com). Sound and healing go hand in hand. Bring some music into your life; it is sure to enhance your well-being. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuso

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