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Eat, Pray, Love and… Sing!

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Self-expression

eatprayloveHave you read the book or seen the movie? It has some good stuff in it.

Here is my favorite quote from the book: “There’s a crack in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

As we continue in our series on self-expression, I was reminded of this poignant story of a woman on the search for happiness. She was truly looking for new ways to express herself! That is what we are doing too.

So far, from our list of ten ways to express ourselves, we have talked about three: worship (prayer), art (coloring), and dance.

Today let's talk about music as self-expression, since it goes along with dance doesn't it?

If you have been praying, coloring and dancing then you have already experienced some of the benefits of self-expression.

Let's add music to the list. First we will start with the most simple aspect of music that you won't need any equipment for and won't have to spend any money on – SINGING!

I have written about Singing For Depression before on this blog.

Here is a quote from my favourite devotional called “Streams in the Desert”: “We can sing our cares away easier than we can reason them away. Sing in the morning. The birds are the earliest to sing, and birds are more without care than anything else I know. Sing in the evening. Singing is the last thing robins do. Oh that we might sing morning and evening and let song touch song all the way through.”

So if you are taking the Self-Expression Challenge, add singing today! It doesn't have to be fancy or good, just sing! See what it does for you?

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you tried any of these things? Praying? Coloring? Dancing? Has it made any difference?

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

 

Music Therapy for Depression: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Music Therapy for Depression

Music memory is the idea that we have part of our brain that remembers music and only music. One of my personal favourites was in 1964, New York City. I was fourteen years old and me and my family were sitting in a theatre on broadway waiting for 'Funny Girl' to begin. Now this is the original live version with Barbra Streisand. I had already owned the soundtrack album long enough to memorize all of the songs. When the orchestra started up I was filled with anticipation and the experience was magic for me. I cannot hear that same overture without picturing that exciting memory and recalling every detail.

Music memoryWe have been chatting about the therapeutic effects of music for depression.

Yesterday I was telling you what kind of music I used for a depression getaway where I could lose myself. Today I am going to tell you about the kind of music where I can find myself.

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Music Power for a Free Depression Getaway

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Music Therapy for Depression

Music power can be experienced by any age. My husband used to teach grades sevens and eights. They have their own taste in music but each year they read together and studied 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Once they became familiar with the story they listened to the music. This opera style music had a powerful effect on each one. To climax this experience he took them to downtown Toronto to see 'The Phantom of the Opera'. These normally restless, sometimes poorly behaved, usually noisy young people became calm, mannerly and quiet as soon as the curtain rose and stayed that way until long after it came down. Music power, there is no denying it.

music power

 

Music is personal and different for each of us. You may like country and western while I like broadway musicals. Listening to your country and western will not have the same music power, the same therapeutic benefits for me that broadways musicals have. 

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Music Therapy for Depression: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Music Therapy for Depression

Music therapy for depression was something I experienced before I even knew what it was. Music and me go way back. I grew up in a home where Broadway musicals or big band music echoed through the house. 

music therapy for depression

We have chatted about 'Singing For Depression' and some of the benefits. Singing is not the only kind of music therapy for depression. Singing is good because we actually DO it and the act of DOING is good exercise for the brain. However, music, in and of itself, has benefits for all of us which mankind has been aware of for some time. And you don't have to do anything, just listen to it! It's free!

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