The neuroscience of music

“Ultimately the way music works for me is indicative of yet another way the mystery of our interconnectedness with all things manifests.” …

Heart Meditation with Tibetan Bowls

One thing that sounds and music does for me is they allow me to access feelings in my psyche I might not otherwise access. Different music resonates to different parts of the psyche. Coming from the “You can’t heal what you don’t feel” philosophy, this has been very helpful for me.

It seems that many feelings throughout my life were compacted and repressed and therefore never felt, first in childhood in a family that didn’t welcome certain kinds of emotional expression and then in adulthood when I was drugged into oblivion. I have literally decades of feelings to feel. Layers and layers of unprocessed, sometimes pretty difficult stuff that needs to be felt. I’m doing it and it’s good. It’s important to trust my own rhythm and flow as well as finding the music and sounds that I resonate with that will be most healing. Some music or sound can actually exacerbate or distress. Trust yourself if you pursue this path. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Chanting OM

Recently I’ve been listening to some lovely audio files by Music for Deep Meditation. Specifically a whole album of songs that take one through the chakras while chanting OM.

It’s been phenomenally heart opening and beautiful and intense and healing. Listening to this ancient sound while in meditation seems to assist in the grounding and revelatory experience both. It’s clear many folks find these sounds helpful. I’m coming to appreciate what gets labeled “hypersensitivity.” In this instance it’s a lovely and profound grace to be able to utilize what might also be considered “sound therapy.” I call it learning to live well. With this body and these capacities. … [click on title for the rest of the post]