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“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

                        –Anonymous
Hi  everyone!
I just received five new CDs to use in my fitness classes.  While I listened and evaluated each one, I began to think about how important music has been in my life. 


My father was a part time musician and played in a band.  He was very gifted and played the banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and he could figure out how to play other instruments too.  I have many fond memories as a little girl, dancing with my dad and mom on the dance floor to big band music.  “In The Mood” was their favorite song.  When I hear it, I think of them with love, and I miss them.
 
My father loved all kinds of music.  The three songs I remember singing with him the most were, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean”, and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”.  We sang with great gusto, and I realize now what a wonderful gift my father gave me in his love of music.


Listening to music can connect me instantly with meaningful experiences in my past. It can renew my hope in the future, and provide a healing calmness when I am stressed.  I can use music to celebrate, motivate, and to relax. 


I listen to music and my creative juices start to flow, giving me new ideas for my classes.  Music can take me to far off lands, made me feel wonderful, sad, lonely, happy, and glorious, all in one sitting!  It is amazing how music can affect us.


Music is being used in hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices too. It is used as a therapy for a variety of medical conditions such as mental illness, trauma, debilitating physical conditions, among others.  According to scientists, the immune system improves with certain types of music treatment.


 When interviewed by Dr. Daniel Redwood, musical artist, Steve Halpern says he views his music as a “vehicle for self-empowerment and spiritual well-being”. Because our hearts “involuntarily synchronize it’s beat to the rhythm supplied by external stimuli, he says it is good to create a balanced music diet”.


Try creating a play list of music you find soothing, inspiring, and energizing.  Notice your moods as you play them.  Allow yourself to be fully in the your experience.  What do you feel?


Questions to ponder:
What are your experiences with music?
How can you use music to enrich your life?
Blessings,
Patricia

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