The magic of music
Music is defined as “the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion.” Music is an incredible part of life that is quite often not recognised for its true potential and value.
According to an article on Mail Online, easy listening and classical music were the top choices for surgeons and patients taking part in a new study at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Doctors of the hospital analyzed different responses and results of patients that listened to music whilst undergoing surgery as opposed to the second lot of patients that didn’t and were operated on in a usual environment. Anxiety levels were measured through the patients’ respiratory rate as well as asking them to rate their anxiety on a scale.
Results were taken when the patient was on the operating table just before the surgical procedure started and again at the end of the operation while the patient was still on the operating table.
The research, published in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, found that the group that had music playing in the background scored around 29 percent less on anxiety levels and had an average of 11 breaths per minute compared to 13 breaths per minute in the other group.
Apul Parikh, who was one of the surgeons involved, said background music appeared to take patients’ minds off the procedure. He said, “They welcomed the distraction.” Even a minor operation can cause a great deal of stress.
Now this example is not to say all music will heal you if you play it 24 hours a day — we all know that would be lovely if it did, unrealistic as that may be. Regardless, music can be a big help in the healing of your mind and your emotions.
Music can relax you in stressful times and help shape your attitudes.
Music has the power to take you to another world, to rebirth great memories and times of happiness and joy.
We’ve all heard the saying, “You get out what you put in.” Luke 6:45 from the Bible states that “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” You must have the ability to discern what is good for you.
But please don’t use this as a way to remain in the past by listening to love songs that remind you of past relationships and never allow you to move on.
Music can also keep you stuck somewhere if you allow it to.
Meditating on music about anger and resentment are also not going to get you very far on your path to healing. If you learn to know what’s good for you and listen to music that speaks to your heart in a healthy way, you can allow it to run its course and create new things and emotions.
Allow it to put a smile on your face and remind you of great times. Music can invite you to dream, be inspired and rise above and aspire to better things. It’s proven that by simply listening to music a person can remain calm in stressful situations.
It all comes down to you to make decisions, move along and take steps forward.
Yet there are helpful tips and ways to keep calm and lift your spirits while taking those steps. Those are what you have to find. Music itself is one of these excellent ways. Don’t take the wonder of music for granted!
- “Music speaks what cannot be expressed.”
- “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Bethold Auerbach
- “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which is impossible to be silent.” — Victor Hugo
How many times have you listened to a song and recognised that that is exactly how you feel?
It’s an intimate feeling when you see or hear something that you can relate to and reminds you that you’re not the only one that is struggling nor are you the only one who feels emotions that imprison you.
Often a specific song can give you both release and relief when you simply listen to it or sing the lyrics aloud.
As illustrated with the quotes above, music is a way of expression. Instead of holding in our emotions, music can be an outlet for the heart. It can help our healing process. If we use it correctly it can leave an optimistic imprint in our life and support us along every step of the way.
Give yourself a theme song today. Pick something which really empowers you and gives you joy every time you hear it.