I absolutely love music. All kinds; all languages. I love the power it has to transcend all cultures, both primitive and sophisticated.
Give me an iPhone with my Pandora play list and I can move “forever.”
A couple of weeks ago my son came home from school. As he and his friend exited the classroom his friend was crying. I found out later the little boy was crying because he went to music class but they didn’t “make” music they were just told to sit down and listen. Poor little guy; school is hard enough for little boys to sit still and then to be tempted with only the idea of music….ah the life of a 5 year old.
However, I found the idea of music and school interesting and it made me think about just how important music is to us as human beings, And why athletes and music seem to have a “great marriage”. And why we don’t have more music in schools not less.
So, what is it about music and that feels so right and why are sports and music so synonymous?
Perhaps it’s the idea of music’s potential to positively alter a mood which can then lead to positive health benefits when combined with movement.
But, what I know Music does best is it alters the effects on motivational states; and it helps in the attainment of flow, the zenith of intrinsic motivation.
And, since “we are all athletes” FLOW is a state with Universal qualities that is and can experienced by people in a wide range of contexts.
Music is one of the key components to help us get into that state. By using the power of music and the innate responsiveness to it that God has built into our beings; musicians are able to meet people at their point of need with messages that have the power to heal. And don’t forget, music, is one of the most powerful remedies that can’t be bought from pharmaceutical companies; it’s medicine for the soul.
Music is full of energy; it carries with it all the things that the soul carries – desire, disquiet, nostalgia, lust, appetite, and hope. It gives energy and so does the soul.
But the soul does more than merely give energy. It is also the adhesive that holds us together, the principle of integration and individuation within us. The soul not only makes us alive, it also makes us one.
Live and Learn. We all Do.
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