Are you wondering about how to incorporate healing music into your day? Good news! I've got 3 easy tips for you! First of all, how do you define healing music? Composers have been writing music specifically designed for healing or soothing / calming purposes for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Then again, there is music that has been written for many other reasons, that millions of people find to be healing, calming, comforting and soothing.
As you probably know, when we are feeling stressed out, our bodies produce a substance called cortisol. Cortisol is very damaging to the body and causes damage to organs and all of our body systems. When we listen to soothing music, our bodies begin to relax and natural healing processes take over. After all, our bodies are naturally designed to heal themselves. If you get a scratch or a cut on your body, you don't need to do anything to make it heal, although putting a little Neosporin on it will prevent infection. But that doesn't actually cause the healing. It simply speeds the healing and prevents your cut or scratch from getting infected.
Most of us, without even thinking, turn on some kind of music first thing in the morning. It's usually something that we really like, but not necessarily. It can actually be something that we just “tolerate,” waiting for something better to come on. So my first tip is:
- Become intentional about what you listen to! Think for just a minute, before you turn on your radio, or phone app, or even YouTube, exactly what you're in the mood for. Are you looking for energy and some sonic caffeine; or are you looking for something that will calm you and help you start your day with relaxed focus.
Are you wanting to connect with people that will uplift you and make you feel “apart of” and not “apart from?” This leads us to tip # 2:
- Join a community chorus, band, or drum circle. If you played an instrument in the past and would like to again, please dust off your old instrument. If you always wanted to but couldn't, sign up for some lessons at the local community college or music store. You will be so glad you did. With or without training there are groups you can join today and sing or play a percussion instrument. It will lift your spirits and make you feel a part of something bigger than you!
And finally tip # 3:
- Have you been to hear a live, professional, symphony orchestra, ballet, or opera? Live musical performances are the best of all because you have the vibrations of 70 or 80 instruments as well as hundreds of people around you who are loving this music. Look in the newspaper for a live, upcoming performance by one of your local performing arts groups. Invite a friend, or several friends, plan dinner before, read a little about what the performance will be about, and make a fun evening of it. Who knows, a whole new world may very well open up to you!