The Healing Power of Music

DancePicJust a quick update and sharing of my life’s ponderings – I am still on the road…

I left just over a month ago and do not get back for a few more days…

We had a planned 6-day trip to Los Angelos for a music convention, and then a rather last minute but amazing opportunity for Musepa to attend a music workshop outside of London at one of the best recording studios in the world (just happened to be one of heroes as well) came up. Of course, we had to say “Yes!” and had been wanting to go to Europe for years, so we scrambled to find a way for it to happen, made arrangements for where to stay, etc, and researched any helpful things about foreign travel, especially to England, France and Germany.

It was a bit of a whirlwind.

Then, right before the departure date for the Los Angelos portion, my mother’s health took a very sudden turn for the worse and continued to decline while we were on the road. She just turned 82. I got very concerned about how she was doing, and if she was even going to be alive by the time we returned.

My solution finally became that I would go ahead and make plans to fly to where she lives as soon after our European trip as I could make arrangements for. Thankfully, she started to do a bit better, and is about where she was before I left, however it really showed that she is probably better off not living by herself anymore.

That is a very tough place to be for most everyone, and she is definitely struggling with it. Not only the idea of leaving her home of about 26 years, but also most of her possessions, the neighbors, area and stores that she is accustomed to, etc., but also the fact that even though she is fairly mobile and mentally pretty on the ball, the fee (and this is a pretty good deal, even for a roommate situation) is $2,800/mo.

Ouch!

This does include them cooking, cleaning, providing exercise and entertainment options on an almost daily basis, along with activities and classes, opportunities to go out shopping, a hairstylist on-site, and more, but it still is pretty steep for someone living on Social Security and having grown up with a loaf of bread costing about $.05, so there is sticker shock.

What I have noticed is, through all this travel, going from place to place, feeling some stress or anxiety from that, and from being in foreign countries, far from home and family, the concern about making it to trains/planes in a completely unknown place, on-time, when you don’t speak the language or know the routes, etc, can be a bit taxing and challenging. Top that off with some somewhat emotion decisions and experiences for my mom, and general family dynamics in a challenging situation and you could get over-stressed pretty easy.

Enter remembering one of my favorite friends and tools – MUSIC!

Thank goodness, I decided to start listening to some songs I love to sing and dance to. Some songs that I find uplifting and carry me away from that wound up place the mind can go sometimes. Prior to that I had been really trying to listen to a lot of meditations and do that. Which was helpful, but I don’t think it took me away as quickly and easily as the music did. So I did a quick search about the power of music and really like some of the things I read in the very first article that came up (you can check it out more fully here to find just how powerful music can be for you).

In the post, Elena Mannes, who wrote a book entitled “The Power of Music”, states that “scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.”

She goes on to state that “because of how we associate music with memories, Mannes says such techniques could also be helpful for Alzheimer’s patients.” As well as that “[M]any musicians have an instinctive understanding of how musical sound interacts with our bodies. They know — they feel — that sound impacts our bodies in a way no other art does.”

I think this is exactly what I was experiencing – that the music I love and enjoy can move me from one very different state to another one clear across the spectrum, such as from sad, distressed or angry to happy, peaceful, or ecstatic – even to the point of wanting to get up and dance with delight.

Thank you music! Thank you amazing musicians, songwriters, engineers, producers, technicians, etc., that all have brought us such powerful, delightful, fun and healing opportunities through all the years!

And to all of you, please remember it is always there for you. No matter what is going on in your life, whether you are happy or sad, married or single, healthy or ill, tired or energized, it can be your friend and healer.

Also, feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Do you have certain songs that lift you up in a powerful way?     Have you used music to get through some kind of a life challenge?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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