Long time ago, the culture of music and the arts was perceived only as aesthetic pursuits, entertaining and relaxing the mind and the soul and also linking the actors with individuals at large.
Today, while many groundbreaking researches have proved that music, as an entity, has a profound influence on the human body and the mind of all living organisms, what was perceived only as an aesthetic pursuit is now regarded as an established treatment to deal with physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of people of all ages. In actuality, quite a while back studies had revealed music used as a treatment to not only bring about qualitative changes in people, but also in plants and animals.
Healing and Harmonizing the Body, Mind and Soul
While today’s youth are completely in love with songs having rhythms and beats, it’s a fact shown by scientists who these defeats have a definite influence on the stimulation of the body of a person. Let us for once consider the exceptionally mentally invigorating music such as the symphonies of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart! Can anyone ever deny the degree of creativity, positive energy, strong melodies and harmonies they create that compel the brain and the soul to embark on a journey of strong emotions and impulses?
Any classical kind of music, for that matter, has been said to have profound effects on both the body and the mind of people, playing an instrumental role in the healing and harmonizing of the mind, body and soul. Long accepted as both soother and stimulant, any kind of “positive music”, such as classical music was proved to profoundly affect the cognitive skills, creativity, optimism levels and the general’condition of the mind’ of a person. By the word “positive music”, researchers have actually referred to the sort of music that’s usually emotionally and spiritually uplifting, and what is talented with valuable qualities, healing the brain and the body in the procedure. Apart from the pure classical assortment of songs, pop songs that are intimate in content, country songs, and some quantity of rhythm and blues (earlier known as ‘race music’) with evocative lyrics and song are thought of as elements of “positive music”. Today’s world music, a huge arena of music devoted to the terrific non-western traditions of music, including Indian, Chinese, Persian (Iranian) and Sufi forms-comfortably fall into the class of “positive music” as defined by scholars and exponents of music.
Effects of Music on People
What the ancient civilizations, such as the Vedanta philosophy, the early Indu philosophy had to say about the effects of music on an individual:
If we look back in the history of historical, age-old philosophies and cultures, the degree of philosophical, religious impact that music has been stated to have on the human soul could become evident to us. Ancient historians have come up with the fact that for centuries, the Vedic civilization had used the deep sound effects of music not just for the tranquility of the brain, but also for the appropriate balance and balance between the body and the soul, for encouraging a heightened state of consciousness in people, and even for health improvement and promotion of recovery.
It was considered by the unique Vedanta philosophers that ancient oriental music, in its true character, was an improved practice of the human mind in its own path of exploration into the mysteries of Nature and of Ultimate Truth (the”Brahman”). It had been ages and thousands of centuries past that in the early Vedanta philosophy, music was regarded as a subtle celestial thread effective at linking the “Jeevatma” (Human soul) with the “Parmatma” (Supreme Soul). And why notwhen the Vedanta philosophers had recognized “shabda” (sound) as “brahma” (absolute reality), the ancient origin of creation of the world? This ancient notion of the “shabda-brahma” was adopted in its entirety by early Vedic philosophers to comprehend the beauty, depth and elevating powers of ancient Indian music. On the other hand, the myriad effects that the various”raagas” of classical Indian music that inspire the human mind and rejuvenate the senses are rather undisputed till today. Saying this, it’s imperative the ancient religious music form (called the “Dhrupad”) performed in the temples and the courts from the ancient to the medieval times was attached to its religious roots and also why contemporary researches still attempt to delve deep into its magical art on the human soul and body.
On the other hand, scientists have discovered that in ancient Greece, the legendary mathematician Pythagoras theorized that music had the ability to diminish and even eliminate negative energies and emotions from the human mind. Other ancient Greek philosophers had complete faith in the ethical forces of music, such as philosophers from around the fifth century B.C. to roughly third century A.D. Most of them recognized the immense effect of music on the development of one’s character. The stupendous power of music within the ethos of a person, and on the general human disposition has been time and again highlighted by philosophers such as Plato and by Chinese writers of various documents.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Music
Apart from the immense spiritual, psychological and ethical effect of music in mind, now modern scientific studies are continuously emphasizing about the astonishing benefits that music has in relation to curing human ailments. Adequate quantity of modern scientific studies in recent times have shown that certain sounds and music have led to measurable and multiple healing benefits. Even in the event of critical human disorders, the ever-growing area of healthcare popularly called “Music Therapy” is using music and its various forms to cure cancer patients, children with ADD, etc. It’s amazing to learn today how hospitals and medical care providers are treating music therapy as a distinct research field so as to assist with pain control, to help ward off depression, to encourage movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle strain, and for a number of other benefits.
Numerous researches beginning from 1950 till now have demonstrated that music has a powerful influence on the human mind. The rhythm and beats of music, which may excite brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, has the capability to transfer the human mind to a crescendo of concentration, and also encourage a calm, meditative state of their mind. Similarly, as the rhythm and beats of music have the capacity to affect the brainwaves and other consequent physiological purposes, researches have shown that actions associated with the autonomous nervous system, like breathing and heart rate are greatly impacted by the “magical wand of music”. Keeping this in mind, exponents of music therapy today are continuously using the super-power of audio to counteract or prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress, leading to comfort, wellness and health. It’s been claimed by researchers who the pleasant, calming effects of “positive music” can decrease the risk of stroke and other health issues over time, boost immunity, ease muscle strain, employed as an eventual “stress-buster” of all times!
It’s a fact that the majority of the findings of the present researches regarding the effects of music emerged in the aftermath of the realization that our bodily functions, starting from breathing and heartbeat to heart rate and the pumping of blood at the heart-work in a cohesive, cyclical and rhythmical pattern, exactly like music does. While the fundamentals of music are based on the rhythmical and cyclical movements of sound patterns, it’s the synchronization of the various sound patterns and rhythms that affect our physiological actions. All music therapy interventions, designed by specialists to promote health, handle stress, relieve pain, and encourage physical rehab emphasize with this synchronization of various sound patterns and rhythms as the essentials of music therapy.
Recently, a new sort of music therapy has allegedly been offered to people with severe intellectual disabilities, with some remarkable results. According to The World Today, music, much like mediation and yoga, two of nature’s own tranquilizers, is providing a voice to profoundly affected individuals, thereby providing new insights into their internal, psychological lives. The World Today reported as many as a half a dozen case studies of people with severe disabilities reacting to music as a complete direct channel of communication, which is certainly an example in itself.
Keeping in mind these deep effects of music that many have found in their lives , I guess today when someone would say that a particular type of music “lifted” him in spirit, body and mind, each word of that should be taken, literally. The best feeling of intense well being that you’re capable of accomplishing through music, is really euphoric in its character, and quite surprisingly, sustains even minutes after listening! So, from now on, take some time everyday to move from this chaos of the world, pick up Mozart, Beethoven or another classical music CD, create a simple playlist for yourself to guarantee tranquility, calm and productivity living for a whole lifetime!