Sunday, December 18, 2011

Singing to Pain

Orpheus, by Odilon Redon
via Orbs of Zenith

Apparently I'm in a musical mood these days. The subject for today: musical therapy, which I first heard about from a friend, who literally sings to the parts of her body-soul that are in pain. She says it opens up those areas to "flow" and releases stagnation.

Then, I heard a segment on Talk of the Nation about musical therapy. The part that I found fascinating was a therapist who modified the stressful hospital environment by improvising melodies on the guitar, in response to the sounds of the hospital. What creativity! And he also improvised melodies in response to the patient's reaction. What compassion! 

In what areas of your life would you add song? What would you sing? What melody would you play?

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