MUSIC TO THE SOUL
It just about broke my heart when I heard that the legendary singer Prince, had passed away. At times it felt like I was the only one who knew his music. When I hear certain songs it can bring up feelings from years ago, about where I was in my life and what was happening in the world at that time. The crazy thing is, even though I didn’t know Prince personally, I felt I knew him as a friend and on a very personal level. Millions of fans feel the same way. We are all connected.
Personally, I love all kinds of music, but the music that touches my soul I believe heals me. Music brings so much more than just a good vibe. When I find music that actually moves me I can feel it in my whole being; mind, body and soul. I believe that music has great health benefits as well and that thought took me on my journey to discover and be curious about finds that support this concept.
What I have found through personal experience is that music can lower my stress level and raise my state of consciousness. Music can change my state of mind. Music is used in religious practices, and across cultures to illuminate experiences. For example in meditation I gradually go into a subtle state of deep relaxation that allows me to go between a state of being fully awake and asleep. This state gives me a place of peace and calm and most times I can find answers to things I am working on. It is a process of letting go. My entire body is relaxed and my mind is at peace. I am discovering more about Binary beats that subconsciously affect our brain waves. I usually listen to binary music when I go to sleep. What I have discovered I am fully relaxed, improves my moods. There are some studies that say the benefits of listening to binaural beats, as shown in an EEG (electroencephalogram) reading as very similar to the effects of meditation.
In ancient Greece music was used to release stress, soothe uncomfortable pain and get a better nights sleep, centuries later we use music in the same way as our ancestors. Many have said that music heals the soul. In Native American ceremonies chants are believed to bring healing. Native American Medicine men use music to create deep relaxation, altered states of consciousness and healing.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel