For some people, music is a vital part of life. It is there when they are feeling up and during those moments when they are feeling down. It is then not just a nice addition and something they simply enjoy, it as much a part of their life as breathing is.
And while one can feel let down by others from time to time or even as a way of life, music is always there for them. Demands are not made and obligations are nowhere to be seen; one is given what they need without anything being asked of them or anything being taken away.
When it comes to what someone needs when they listen to music, it is inevitably going to depend on what is going on in someone’s life and as to how they feel. This is because music has the ability to reach someone on many levels and to touch them in ways that nothing else can.
So no matter what one is going through in their life, music will be there to validate and acknowledged their experience. This could mean that one wants to feel: uplifted for a night out, relaxed after a hard day’s work, motivated to push harder at the gym or embraced after a loss.
These are just a few examples and there are many other reasons to listen to music. Music can just be listened to and that’s as far as it goes, but when ones current experience is validated by it, it become so much more than just a sound.
What it can end up being is a form of therapy, and this can lead to one feeling nourished on many levels; mentally; emotionally, physically and even spiritually. And as music doesn’t judge, one is able to fully embrace music and to completely merge with it.
There is then no need to put on an act or to put up ones guard, one can just let go and surrender to what they are hearing. To allow the music to take them on a journey and this has the potential to leave them changed forever.
Not only could they change what they are going to do in one moment of their life, the whole direction of their life could change. And if one was in a very low place and was on the verge of taking their life, this could be a massive change
For example, when one feels heard and validated in life, it then makes it possible for them to let go and to move on from what is holding them back. And when one doesn’t have anyone around to do that for them, music can fulfil that role.
The Ripple Effect
And not only will this benefit one’s own psychological healthy, it can also have far reaching consequences. How one treats the people they are closest too and even so called ‘strangers’ can also benefit, from someone’s state of mind being transformed through listening to music.
What it comes down to is that music makes people feel good and if it can’t do that. it can at least make them feel better about their life. And when someone feels good, they are more likely to behave in ways that either support others, or at the very least do not harm them.
There are also many ways for one to listen to music and this can lead to different experiences being had. If one was to listen to it in their bedroom, it would be a very personal and even an intimate experience. Whereas, if they went to a concert or some kind of gig, it could cause them to feel more connected to humanity.
And with everything the media comes up with about people doing this or people doing that, it can create division and a sense of unease amongst people. Others are then not their fellow brothers and sisters, so to speak, they are people who one needs to watch out for and be wary of.
But while human beings have different coloured skin, believe different things and come from different places for instance, when music is involved, all of that goes out the window. What is left is that beyond these differences, we are all human beings.
And without music, the human experience would not be the same; it would be empty, bleak and the meaning of life would come under even closer scrutiny.
Oliver JR Cooper
Author, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.