The Harmony of Health
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The Harmony of HealthChange your mood with music.
Music changes our sense of time, how we experience the world around us. It can expand our perceptions and bring clarity to the mind. The auditory structures of harmony, rhythm, and melody affect the rhythms of the body, and the nonverbal language of music can create a vast range of emotions connected to past experiences. A melody may instantly evoke events from earlier parts of our lives, or take us back through the centuries to envision other societies and historical times. It also connects us to the rhythms of our day. Musical qualities are present in every physical movement. The rhythmic quality of the body frames every kinesthetic action. The slower breaths and heartbeats during sleep affect the brain waves and the many cycles of the organs.
By learning to consciously listen to and use music, your daily practice of centering, balancing, and relaxation becomes your own art form. You can recreate your own visual and resonating repertoire for each day’s refreshment. From here, you’ll discover that music can prolong your sense of rest and comfort and it can bring you to a spiritual place where you can connect and pray.
We may awaken in the morning with the help of “sonic caffeine” and fall asleep to a “sonic sedative.” In between, we might consciously turn to music to block out the world and give us energy and creative power—notice how many people have earphones on as they walk down the street or commute to school or work.
In our modern culture, it’s easy to see how sound influences us in other ways that remain outside our awareness. Television and radio programs, musical signals on the train and bus, cell-phone ring tones, and other beeps and buzzes emitted by the machines that surround us affect our moods whether or not we notice them.
As we mature, our brains’ responses to music and sound—and our sonic needs—begin to change. Increasingly, we welcome quiet, ordered music. We want our environments to feel healthier and more comfortable for us. But in these quiet times, our inner thoughts, especially negative ones, can become louder than outer sounds. Music, used correctly, can help quiet these damaging voices and order our thoughts.
Not every piece of music is equally effective. Many types—including opera, popular music, and dance rhythms—entertain and inspire us. Yet there are times when they’re too emotional or seem too stimulating to bring us to a contented, peaceful place.
Just because a composition is slow and soft doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily healing. Much music from the New Age genre has little or no form, and this type of ambient expression is useful only to a point. The brain and body love order, especially when it’s non-constricting. In other words, a peaceful structure through music is more often healing than just nonstructural sounds.
No matter what your background may be, some of the works by Mozart, Bach, or even a contemporary composer can be used for balance and clarity. The magic of fine music brings us to a place of stimulated relaxation, which is ideal for the mind and body. Knowing how to listen to music and remembering to use it when we’re stressed, worried or tired can be of great value.