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Mindful Music

Hi all, we wanted to take a few moments to discuss the importance of music and it’s impact on the brain.

Studies such as those from John Hopkins University have continuously proven that music can “reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory”. The physical effects of music are profound and evolving.

The emotional effects of music also continue to evolve as new studies surface. A wonderful article by Belle Beth Cooper goes into greater detail about these effects. Here is the link if you are interested in further research:

One of my favorite things she mentions is that listening to different types of music allows our brains to differentiate the types of emotions we feel. There are perceived emotions and felt emotions. Perceived emotions are those that are understood and felt emotions are those that are actually felt. Music unlocks the beauty of perceived emotions. People can observe and understand feelings from a distance without necessarily taking them on. What I thought about this was that listening to music creates space for people to simply experience the world around them. There is peace in just listening to hear, not to have opinions or form a response.

Next time you listen to music, try to practice being aware of the experience of the music. See if you can find a deep appreciation for what it does. Many of us are drawn to it because it embraces the space between thought and action, where we can be and rest.

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