Music is universal. Virtually no era throughout history or no culture has existed without it. Scientists believe this is testament to the fact we are hardwired for it in the same way as we are for language.
Music can be complex, simple or nuances. At best, it can be intoxicating, pulsating and energetic or it can be calm, melodic and soothing. Within this continuum lies every taste and variant imaginable. Because it has such a powerful effect on our psyche, music can play an invaluable therapeutic part in improving mood, attitude and general well being. It can lower blood pressure, ease tension and strengthen the immune system. It can move, educate, destress and re-invigorate us. It is the great social institution that binds without borders peoples and nations across continents as well as smaller gatherings in celebration or spiritual harmony. When we sing we feel release and instinctively part of some great universal community if not a connection with the cosmos itself. At any age sharing music builds understanding, openness, friendship and intimacy. Our impulse to physicalize rhythms enhances our coordination and balance as well as improving muscle tone and cardiovascular health. It can, at least temporarily, relieve pain. Playing a musical instrument requires a level of concentration that takes us away from our cares and anxieties. It is well documented that learning how to play music is an excellent way to overcome or manage emotional or psychological trauma.
Music and chants can be powerful tools for introducing ideas or suggestions to the subconscious, helping people to quit smoking, overcome fears, think positively, enhance creativity or improve diet.
• Make music , in its various forms, central to you daily life – particularly for its therapeutic and calming qualities.
• When was the last time you went to a concert? Organize an outing with friends. Enjoy and celebrate the social side of music.
• Rather than just be a passive recipient of music, make your own! Join a choir, learn an instrument, go dancing or take lessons.
• Set aside 20 – 30 minutes per day to be de-stressed and reinvigorated by your favorite music. It will enthuse your soul.