Have you ever had a strong emotional reaction to a song? You know--the kind that makes tears well up in your eyes and goosebumps dot your skin as you're energized and inspired by the sound. If you have, you know that a song can be the catalyst for an awesome loving experience.
Recently this was the case for me. A few weeks ago I had brunch with an old friend. We caught up on everything that was happening in our lives. Toward the end of our time together, in the middle of a knockoff furniture store, he asked me to listen to a song he'd recorded with his band, Jones Street Station.
I agreed to listen. Pleasantly perched on a fake Eames chair, I pressed play. Within the first few chords I felt chills ripple down my spine and energy rush through my body. The loving intention of the music bled through each lyric and chord. Then, out of nowhere, uncontrollable tears poured down my face. I didn't care that I was in a public place or that my mascara was running. How could I? I was having an inspired moment and nothing else mattered.
The song moved me from my core. When it was over I turned to my friend and said, "thank you." His song surprised and empowered me.
Music is one of the greatest tools we have to reconnect ourselves to our inner spirits. I hope you've had this kind of musical encounter at some point in your life. Regardless of whether you've had a similar experience in the past, it's never too late to welcome a musical intervention. If you've felt frustrated, angry, or lackluster about certain areas of your life, you can use music to reenergize you from the inside out.
Below are three steps to pluck your heartstrings and spark your inner flame.
Positive Perception Playlist
If you want to shake a negative pattern, make a positive perception playlist. Create a mix of songs that activate your inner state and make you feel happy. Listen to them when you wake up in the morning, during your commute, at the gym, while you cook dinner, etc. Most importantly, use this playlist to shift your energy whenever you feel down. You can pack it with songs that are peaceful and calming or upbeat and energizing--or both. Let the music be your guide to reactivating your positive perceptions.
Far too often, we get bogged down with our busy schedules and to-do lists and forget to put on music and let our minds recalibrate. Schedule five minutes a day to sit in stillness and listen to an inspiring song or two. Soften your mind as you let the music wash over you. This ritual will begin a powerful meditative practice of turning inward and releasing worldly concerns. In this stillness you can access your inspiration.
Experiencing live music is one of the most powerful ways to change your mood. A live audience can soak up the powerful energy in the room, the intentions from the musicians on stage and the love within the sound. If you're looking to get out of a funk, go see some live music and let go of your inhibitions. Savor the vibe in the room, groove to the beats, and witness your energy shift. This month there are some awesome shows in New York. Check out Thought So on 1/29 at Gramercy Theater or check out Jones Street Station on 2/11 at Mercury Lounge.
Your thoughts and energy create your reality. Therefore, take charge of your emotional experiences and let music lead you to a more positive perception. Create a Positive Perception Playlist, press play, and go see a concert. Change your mind, change your energy, change your life!
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