Music IS Medicine
… it is the soundtrack to the human condition; the experience of all that it means to be alive in this world.
“Music puts wings on the human spirit.”
– Frank Sinatra
I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students.
”Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.”
Music is incredible in it’s ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind. It’s a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic. The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud. In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present. Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change. It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse. They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.
Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health … your life.
Music, unique in it’s ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle. The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy. Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn’t serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy. I believe that music is medicine.
© February 16, 2018 Kristen Boze, The Sunshine Factory