Can your heart sing?
Figures of speech can confuse and confound us most times. But not this one. We all know what we mean when we say “my heart is singing…”
It means that we are comfortable. And happy. Inside out.
It means we have inner equilibrium. Pure balance.
Now, does your heart sing when you have this inner stability and joy? Or can music effect this inner balance and cause the heart to resonate in song?
Here are some interesting facts to help you think through my dilemma.
1) When we listen to music our brain releases dopmaine which is a feel good chemical essential for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system; it has effects on emotion, perception and movement.
2) Music is proven to physiologically affect heart rate, breathing and pulse rate resulting in physical chills of pleasure.
A study was undertaken by Dr Mike Miller of Baltimore, who measured the effects of music on the cardiovascular system by measuring blood vessel size before, during and after music playing. When a patient liked the music playing, the blood vessels relaxed and opened up.
3) Happy lyrics help us to think positively.
4) Music lifts mood, reduces anxiety, raises motivation and helps combat insomnia and depression.
A recent study by Stanford University shows that depressed patients gain self-esteem and their mood improves after music therapy.
5) Music can trigger associated memories transporting you back to special occasions.
6) Music physically heals – yes really. Fabien Maman, a musician and acupuncturist, devised the Tama-Do Academy based on his extensive research that showed that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies by changing color and shape. His findings demonstrate sick or rogue cells can be healed or harmonized with sound.