Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on October 10, 2022 at 9:35 AM|
Monday Meditation – Music 10/17/2022
I’m a big fan of music. I have heard music evolve over the years, and I must admit I enjoy most genres. I listened to classics as a child, with Rock and Roll and British pop playing a major role in my teen years. As my faith grew, so did my interest in choral music as well as contemporary Christian songs. These days I mostly listen to a Christian radio station, although the “oldies” from my growing years still strike a sweet chord in my soul, and love it that I can ask Alexa to play a song for me.
Out of curiosity, I googled music genres and stumbled across hundreds of images showing different types of music. I never knew there were so many variations! I saw lists, pie charts, bar graphs, Venn diagrams and more showing the relationships and popularity of music types. The image included with this post was one I found easy to read, although it does not include every type of music.
Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, help with blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. This is true! Periodically I go with a friend to local memory care units, where she plays the piano and we sing songs with the residents. The music stimulates their memories, and it’s so gratifying to see them tapping their toes and smiling as they recall songs from their younger days.
Music provides great comfort to me – when I am struggling with a problem I listen to some music to take a break. When I am sad, I locate some old favorites to take my mind off the sadness. And when a great praise and worship song pops up on the radio, you will find me singing along and doing my own worship wherever I may be.
Do you enjoy music? If so, maybe this week you might want to dust off those CDs and play some old favorites. Or get a subscription to a music service and create personal playlists to have available whenever you need it. Make music your blessing this week!
Have a blessed Monday!
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