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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • The remedy: music

  • At the first sign of spring, until the end of summer, when doors and windows could be opened, the countryside surrounding my childhood home would be filled with the comforting sounds of Enya playing on the stereo.


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  • At the first sign of spring, until the end of summer, when doors and windows could be opened, the countryside surrounding my childhood home would be filled with the comforting sounds of Enya playing on the stereo.
    My chores seemed effortless and rather enjoyable. Pulling weeds seemed liked a job made in heaven, as the warm air blew, butterflies gathered, birds chirped, Enya sang, and my dear friend and I chatted across our separate, beautifully orchestrated flower gardens. Hearing Enya today, brings me back to that same feeling of total peace and complete satisfaction!
    Sometimes I’m amazed at the power of music. Have you ever listened to a song and reminisced about something in the past? Maybe it makes you feel like a teenager again? Maybe it takes you back to a special time/event? You can actually feel like you are there again~ experiencing the same emotions. Music can serve as a memory trigger and listening to music is said to be able to bring to our awareness otherwise hidden thoughts and images. Psychologists often use music to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. When a song is without words, it can be great for background music while studying, and can help facilitate the recall of information later. It can also improve the duration and intensity of concentration in all age groups and ability levels. 
    So music is not just energizing, uplifting, relaxing, or reminiscent, it can improve our memory and it heals too! Wow! Music is used in hospitals to reduce chronic pain, because it causes the body to release endorphins, which counteract pain and relaxes people into a slower breathing and heartbeat. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure. An easy and enjoyable fix~worth a try!
    Simple chimes or bells make powerful music too. They produce a clear, pure, cleansing sound, which can be used to focus the mind. Some chimes are used for clearing a space of negative energies~ creating healing and balance. All in a simple sound. A study by McGill University confirms that creating a comfortable ambiance with music makes customers more likely to view shop personnel and the store itself in a favorable light (ehow.com). Music clearly affects our mood.
    “Music does bring
    people together.
    It allows us to experience the same emotions.
    People everywhere
    are the same in
    heart and spirit.
    No matter what
    language we speak,
    what color we are,
    the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith,
    music proves: We are
    the same.”
    Page 2 of 2 - -John Denver 
    With all these benefits, I wonder why we don’t hear more music wherever we go. Whatever the need, music can be the therapeutic answer.  Music gives us life. Turn on the radio or play your favorite song today!

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