Love & Inspiration #20
The Healing Powers of Music
What is your relationship music, and in particular, singing?
Are you comfortable expressing yourself fully? How do you feel about singing? Do you sing in the shower or in the car? How do you feel singing in front of others? Do you keep quiet cause someone told you to once upon a time?
As my friend Malaika always says, “If you can talk, you can sing”.
As many of you know, the past few years for me have really been about finding my voice and connecting more with music and sharing songs.
After some serious heartbreaks and set-backs a few years back, I started losing my voice every couple weeks for a year and a half. It was a really devastating and challenging time for my heart.
After a million ginger lemon honey teas, licorice teas, salt water gargles, days in silence, steams…I finally went to see some specialised doctors, where I got lots of tests and opinions.
While the doctors could see inflammation in my throat, they couldn’t see what was deeper, and therefore were unable to help me beyond treating the symptoms.
Frustrated, I knew I had to look deeper within.
I realised that when we don’t fully allow ourselves the space to fully express what’s in our heart, the energy that was meant to come up and out into the world,
actually moves down and gets lodged in the body, where it causing dis-ease. For me this manifested as this chronic loss of voice.
A big huge part of my healing journey has been all about music and singing – opening this sacred channel of the throat that connects the heart and mind.
For me, finding the path of sacred music and mantra singing has become a really key aspect of my healing journey, helping me to access what’s in my heart.
As a result of being able to connect more deeply within, I feel more confident to take up space, to express my authenticity, and explore my creativity.
Singing helps me to strengthen my sense of self-worth, and find the confidence to communicate from my heart and share my messages with the world.
Here’s what I know:
While I still have a long way to go on this path, I could not be more grateful for the gifts I receive for showing up to music:
This path of music continues to offer me insights into myself, my emotions, my self-worth and confidence, and it also brings me and those around me a lot of healing, joy, peace and connection.
In the the coming weeks I look forward to opening a deeper conversation with you about the voice, singing and the healing powers of music…
and I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for this fun, powerful and healing practice in our upcoming Sacred Sounds Retreat in July. Please come if you feel called.
Today, I’m excited to introduce you to my dear friend and co-creator on this powerful and profound retreat – Mel Dobra.
Mel is an incredible musician, recording artist, performer, and performing arts educator and workshop facilitator based in Australia.
Click here to discover what Mel shares with us about her personal journey with music and it’s healing powers…
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Here are some fresh inspirations for your weekend ahead:
“Do you know that the words meditation and medicine come from the same root? Meditation is a kind of medicine; its use is only for the time being. Once you have learned the quality, then you need not do any particular meditation, then the meditation has to spread all over your life. Only when you are meditative twenty-four hours a day then can you attain, then you have attained.” – Osho
2) Book I’m Revisiting
The Presence Process by Michael Brown
Why is it so difficult to respond consciously when we are upset? Why do we instead resort to hurtful, repetitive, unconscious, reactive behaviours? When we are upset, like programmed organic machinery, we automatically resort to reactive and unconscious behaviours that arise from unresolved emotional charges, often from childhood.
Throughout this 10 week guided process, we learn and practice to stop running from or projecting onto others our unresolved emotional charges, and consciously identify, be with, and integrate these shadow of ourselves that keep presenting in our lives. From here we can discover how to take full responsibility for the quality of our experience and release an victim-victor-saviour mentality
I’ve just started re-reading the first section of the book and will start Week 1 of the process next week. Let me know if you want to join me in the Presence Process. I’d love to share the journey.
3) Blog Post to Inspire You
The Healing Powers of Music by Mel Dobra
Mel Dobra, an acclaimed devotional music, recording artist, performing arts teacher and workshop facilitator shares her journey with music and it’s power.
The beautiful Mel will be co-facilitating the music and yoga retreat with me in July/ We would LOVE to have you there! You can book here. 🙂
4) Song I’m learning on Guitar
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
An absolute classic. Enjoy!
5) Poem that I’m thinking about a lot alot
Autobiography in Five Chapters by Portia Nelson:
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in…it’s a habit My eyes are open; I know where I am; It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
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What are you grateful for?
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