Music therapy

These last days, I’ve been quite busy and I didn’t have enough time to post my thoughts here, but now… here I am! Recently, I have started exploring a new wonderful field that I wasn’t very well aware of….the field of music therapy. Music therapy, which is the healing through music, and more specifically the healing through our interaction with the kind of music we like, is a very interesting and promising approach to a more holistic way of therapy.

The rhythm and the melody of music are some excellent tools that can be used very successfully for therapeutic reasons. Music therapy, above all, helps us realize and reconnect with our deepest emotions and thus understand many of these hidden “why’s” of our actions. One of the exercises of the course I attend was to find pieces of music that have a relaxing effect to us and to start become more focused on the sounds that exist around us. A simple question such as “What can you hear right now?” for many people might seems to be meaningless.

However, I think it’s extremely important to realize what sounds exist in our every day life. Sometimes, some sounds can literally exhaust us while others can rejuvenate us. When we are able to evaluate how we feel from the sounds that we are surrounded with, we can make crucial decisions that affect the quality of our life. Knowing whether we are in an environment with sounds that bring us calmness or stress is of vital importance for our general well-being.

What’s your thoughts on that? For example, is this music relaxing for you or does it provoke other emotions, like sadness…maybe happiness?…

PS. Part 2 of Writing and dancing is coming next week. 🙂

Why Do You Write?

freedigitalI have to confess that I have no idea how followers of a blog become followers. I have read many articles on how to attract your audience, but it seems to be a quite difficult concept for me to understand. I mean, when I like reading someone or when I can identify with a certain situation or a particular writer, I immediately click that “follow” button. But the truth is that now that I am on the opposite side too, the blogger’s side, I don’t have the slightest idea about all the prerequisites for having a popular blog. At the end of the day, I am wondering, should we really agonize over who and how many read us?..

Yes, of course I want to be heard and have discussions with people all over the world. The desire for communication and connection with each other is one of our natural characteristics as humans. But I think that, first of all, what all writers should care about is to stay connected with the reasons why they write.

If they write having as their only goal or ambition to gain popularity with all means, to make money or to add one more qualification to their CV,  it’s something that in the long-term will be exhausting for them. Everyone who writes for an audience, or even just for himself, should stay focused on why he does that and what writing means in his life.

For example, many people write because it’s a liberating process- with healing properties as well. Other people like to write because they have the opportunity to connect with people and communicate their messages to them. For others it’s a way to create a different life, where greater opportunities can appear literally from “nowhere”.

Whatever the reason of your writing might be, just keep it in mind every single time you write and you will never be disappointed, with or without followers.

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