Meditation & Health #13-Health We Can Hear: The Power of Music


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Health We Can Hear The Power of Music

                 By Melia McClure
 

        Music is a Universal language. Nada Brahma, a Hindu maxim meaning ‘all is sound,’ captures the primordial essence of sound vibration. Cultures and faiths around the globe describe life In our world originally emerging from some manner of sound, and music has been powerfully entwined with spiritual, emotional and physical wellness since time immemorial.

       Quantum physics and ancient sages agree that everything in existence Is essentially pulsing energy. Mystics and spiritual seekers throughout the ages have related their experiences of this energy, and their collective recounting suggests that energetic vibrations manifest in our hearing awareness as a humming around and within all that Is. Perhaps It is the Divine within each of us longing to return to our Divine Source that gives us such a profound, visceral connection to music. Sound that elicits positive feelings returns us to the sound of our pure consciousness.

       Given that music elevates our experience of life, it Is no wonder that harmony and rhythm have always been part of ritual celebrations in every culture. Music connects us to each other, to our heritage, and to our memories. The earliest shamanic healers were well aware of the primordial nature of sound and so used music and sound vibrations to heal the sick and revive flagging spirits. Today, music therapy Is a recognized and respected healing modality that helps to strengthen physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.

 

What Is Music Therapy?

 

       Developed through decades of research and facilitated by accredited therapists, music therapy treatment is tailored to the unique cognitive, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the individual and is often used in conjunction with other lams of healing. A therapy session might include singing and playing instruments. listening to music, writing songs and improvisation.

 

Who Benefits?

 

       There is no doubt that listening to music benefits everyone. Engaging with music in a therapeutic setting may help people who are dealing with specific challenges such as addiction, chronic illness, depression, heart disease and dementia.

 

How Does It Help?

 

       Harmonious sound vibration synchronizes the ‘music of the heart’ — the pulse — with the rhythms of Nature. The unique energetic pattern of each and every person is expressed through the pulse. Traditional Chinese Medicine holds the pulse as a central diagnostic window into the state of the human body, deeming different heart patterns to be indicative of various states of health or disease. Music was considered by ancient healers, and now by a growing number of modern health practitioners, to be one of the most profound Influences on our biological rhythms. Harmonious sound connects quite literally with the heart, a truth to which a multitude of Bodhi practitioners would attest: Grandmaster JinBodhi’s profound healing music has the power to connect with body and soul, facilitating deep emotional and physical wellness.

       Music therapy begins with the basic truth that all people, irrespective of fife experience, have an innate connection with, response to, and enjoyment of music. Research has found that the brain contains a memory system for music that is distinct from its multitude of other neurological systems. In music therapy, treatments can effectively target non-musical functions of the brain by stepping through the doorway of The music memory system.

 

 

        In 2012, the Journal Nutrition published a review of clinical studies of music and physiology. One reviewed study showed that music therapy decreased the Incidence of acute and congestive heart failure events In patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. Other studies pointed to the ways In which music affects a plethora of physiological and metabolic pathways and can thereby Improve pain management, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, postoperative recovery, metabolic health, exercise-recovery time. life force energy and much more. There was also evidence that simply listening to music Increases human growth hormone, reduces inflammation and the stress hormone cortisol. and improves a person’s ability to respond to stress by regulating adrenal pathways. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that listening to music daily can decrease chronic pain by up to 21 percent. Its findings also revealed that people felt more In control of their pain, and more empowered in the face of their condition, Through listening to music.

        Music therapists credit their healing modality with helping people to:

     • Increase self-expression, relaxation and mobility

     • Develop and maintain cognition and memory

     • improve social skills, motor skills, learning and communication

     • Explore and resolve personal issues

     • Enhance personal growth

        Music is an essential part of who we are. Regardless of what we are experiencing, music brings us back to our essential nature. Positive sound Is the sound of us.

 

The Meditation of Immeasurable Sincerity:

Tayata Om Bckanzc Bckanzc

Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha

 

Chanting The Medicine Buddha’s Heart Mantra with sincerity brings about immeasurable merits. Allow Grandmaster JinBodhi to guide you through The Meditation of Immeasurable Sincerity, thereby connecting with the Medicine Buddha and attaining purity of body and mind.

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