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Music for mind, body and soul

A young girl plugged to the FM Radio station for her favourite programme in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam 26-05-2005

A young girl plugged to the FM Radio station for her favourite programme in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam 26-05-2005 | Photo Credit: C_V_Subrahmanayam

Environmental wellness plays a positive impact in bringing wellness. Right energy and positive flow of energy is must for environmental wellness. If one remains connected to nature and create right flow of energy from nature to work or home, it brings tremendous positivity. Music is the right link between immediate environment, nature and wellness. Soothing music is de learning process and has huge psychological and physiological effects. Scientists can now see via medical imaging some of the changes in the brains of people listening to Music. Music is a very complex stimulus, and the ways it works on us remain largely elusive.

Music, the greatest art of our country and Indian music has quality for its richness and is rooted in nature. Original men found music in nature; he found meaning in the songs of birds and discovered rhythm in the movements of heavenly bodies. Indian music in classical forms is the most ancient form of music and still plays an immense role in our wellness. In fact the first instrument available to man was the human voice which produced primal notes and therefore all manmade instruments imitate or emulate human voice. Basic purpose of music is to stimulate particular emotion or mood called rasa. Each rasa  whether love or hum our or anger or pathos or heroism or terror or disgust or wonder represent one specific color say light green for love and  yellow for wonder. So different rasa brings different coolers to our mood and wellness. Music can bring different colors in our mind and truly reflect different shades of nature. Indian musicologist mentioned two kinds of sounds. The inaudible sound, anahata, nada .Yogis attain liberation by projecting their minds by this un struck sound. The audible sound is ahata nada is struck and gives pleasure. The nada means sound meaning na is breath and da is fire . So music is connected to our supreme sublimation and to our breath.  Ragas are organized melody and kind of resonance between nature, breath and spiritual wellness.

We are using Indian music therapy as medical intervention to treat mood disorders, motivational technique as a rehabilitation tool in our Rehab programme. This is a 65 year old man admitted in our Rehab unit with advanced respiratory failure due to COPD. Using Indian music as an adjuvant to motivate him significantly improved his mind, body and breath. He improved his muscle power and got motivated enough to handle his functions independently and is regularly attending his work place.

Following are the established benefits and improves your environmental wellness.

Physical Wellness : Music to give us a boost during exercise. The right music can help you perform better by approx 15 to 20 percent and without physical wellness journey to total wellness is not possible.

Auditory Wellness : Our auditory component makes a huge role on our wellness.  Adding music to our auditory diet to make us feel better. People who are depressed or suffering from neuro- psychiatric conditions or immobilized due to certain disease conditions improve significantly from music therapy.

Emotional Wellness : Most important component of journey to total wellness is emotional wellness. Music can change our feelings and help us to be there. It helps us to express emotions and takes care of our repressed emotions. It creates a synergy between our different emotional states and works as an emotional catharsis.

Intellectual Wellness : Music helps to keep our memory sharp.  The part of the brain known as the medial pre-frontal cortex sits just behind the forehead.  Music can therefore help us remember important events and people .Music triggers memories and useful in helping to recall memories.

Spiritual Wellness: Music helps us to achieve spiritual wellness. It can help us to reach ecstasy and moment of thoughtlessness, a state of sublimation.

Fuelling up on the right music is like an stimulus, a bag of nutrients for mind body and soul. Because it is the right amalgam of nature, beauty and wellness and must for total wellness.


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