Throughout the years, music has been our best friend, our spiritual healer and our best medicine for anything which we went through – be it at your best moment, when you were feeling down or discouraged, or even during a heart break. As the saying goes, ’An apple a day keeps the doctor away ‘’, the same applies to music, a daily dose of music keeps the doctor away ‘’. One may not be able to believe the unique powers that music has in healing somebody’s mind, body and soul. Music can be categorised in different genres, such as Rock, pop, R&B hip hop, classical, Jazz and so on, but music is a universal language which connects the world as one global village. Music is a universal language which has the unique ability to connect with you to the universe in ways you can’t imagine. It transports you to a different world, a parallel world which takes away all that stress, fatigue and sadness, and it can be your best way to escape from a toxic situation. It can also be taken as an ambassador to represent one’s identity or nationality, too. Just imagine you’re representing your country at an international event. (Be it the Olympics or the cricket world cup) what do you feel? how do you describe that moment when you hear your national anthem being played in the background, amidst an audience of some 10,000 spectators? That pride and the wave of emotion which brings you close to tears, the feeling is ‘’Spectacular’’ isn’t it?

Such is the power of music. We al live life in the fast lane and we sure need a bit of music to lifts our spirits up and to keep us in a good mood. Listening to a bit of music after a hard day’s work is the best way to overcome that stress and also has the power to change our moods and emotions. If you’re open to its healing powers, music often resonates on a level much deeper than cognitive comprehension; it reaches your soul. Whether you listen to classical, grunge, pop, singer/songwriter, alternative, rock, bluegrass, country, or folk, the music you’re listening to affects your mind, body, and spirit in substantial ways. Even the sweet singing of a bird or the ripple of some water or the sound of a waterfall can be music to the ears.

Then there is a separate type of music called as ‘’Spiritual/ meditation Music ‘’ where it is used for activities such as ‘’Chakra healing ‘’ ‘’Mind cleansing ‘’ and clearing all negative energies from your body.

Famous people from musicians to business tycoons, have shared their perspectives on music. Taken as one of the most popular quotes in the music field, Bob Marley ‘s quote is an all-time favorite: ‘’ One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

Renowned Author Jane Austen in her book ‘’Emma’’ has mentioned that “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”

Popular German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has said that “Music gives color to the air of the moment.”

“Music has the power to heal, transform and inspire and we have the power through deep listening to increase our intuition and self-awareness.”

– Andre Feriante, Award Winning Guitarist

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.”

- The late, great singer Aretha Franklin

So with these Quotes you can see what kind of an influence, impact music has made on people from all walks of life. There are various musical genres which are performed to suit every mood, but is a known fact that soothing classical music, Jazz or New age /Celtic music are pretty much good for relaxation and meditation. Research has proven that New age /and Celtic music such as Enya can be used for meditation and as spiritual music. (Being an ardent fan of Enya and Enigma myself). Learning to embrace the healing benefits of listening to music could help improve your overall well-being, as it can create a healing environment that can alter you both physiologically and psychologically. There are 5 psychological facts which music has gifted us, and we should know how to enjoy its maximum benefits.

Music connects spiritually, Music alters your mood, Music reduces your stress response, increases self-awareness, and music strengthens empathy. Music has been used for hundreds of years to treat illnesses and restore harmony between mind and body. You’ll be surprised to know that this is not all. Research has shown that music can help reduce the sensation and distress of chronic pain and post-operative pain. Music’s form and structure can bring order and security to disabled and distressed children. It encourages coordination and communication and improving the quality of life. Listening to music can relieve depression and increase self-esteem ratings in elderly people. Listening to music on headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery.

Work stress is something you get having a heavy work load or having to shoulder many work responsibilities or it can be even having an argument with one of your colleagues, family member or even a friend or loved one. It depends on how mentally strong you are and how you can take it and react to it. If you are in terrible mental trauma you may find it even difficult to engage in some other activity. Further speaking on stress, there is also emotional stress where you might feel depressed and lonely, nobody to talk to or going through some tough emotional situation which is difficult to bear, which can be a family affair or a break up or the separation from a loved one. Some people have the emotional strength to bear it, while those who are not emotionally strong may have to get some help by talking to a friend or a consultant. Music can contribute to shed a positive light on that particular individual.

Making music can reduce burn out and improve mood among nursing students.

Music therapy significantly reduces emotional distress and boosts quality of life among adult cancer patients. These are only some of the healing and medicinal opportunities which music can offer.

Thus it’s no wonder that they say music can do miracles. Same as being a universal language, it the best therapist which ne could have, and the best friend whom anybody could have. Welcome to the beautiful world of music, where everybody is equal, spreading positive vibes and powerful energies, to heal those wounded souls, and add a ray of hope and sunshine to their busy lifestyles.

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