Normally, getting ready for my day is a pretty mundane thing. But today, my iPod was playing some really great music and I was dancing (trying not to be too critical in front of the bathroom mirror – just enjoying the movement and the tunes) and it got me thinking about the healing power of music.
A Supercharged Brain and U2
When I was going through chemotherapy, the night following my infusion would generally be mostly wakeful. Those darned chemicals were racing around my body and seemed to supercharge my brain. So I’d lie for hours and listen to music.
You are never so attentive and mindful of a song and what goes into it as you are during the black of night when there are no distractions. Using headphones also brings the music closer, you can hear every drum beat, every nuance of the singer’s voice. It was pure magic – I would listen for hours. (My favorite night-time listening music was by U2, I love them).
The Healing Power of Music
I found a wonderful website called caregiver.com – written for caregivers of dementia patients. They had this to say about the healing power of music:
Positive results include elevated mood, increased socialization and appetite and reduction in agitation. These benefits are attributed to the stimulation the brain receives during a music therapy session, a sort of “cognitive workout” inspiring us to coin the phrase, “What exercise is to the body, music is to the brain.” The power of music often inspires physical movement and can be used in combination to encourage gentle exercise.
I was able to find a number of articles on-line that spoke of the healing power of music. Benefits include:
- Soothing jangled nerves
- Calming mind and body
- Lowering blood pressure
- Boosting immune system
- Focusing mind and attention
- And so much more!
PBS has a video you can view (you’ll have to wade through the commercial first) about the Healing Power of Music. Pretty powerful stuff for brain injury patients.
Anyway – I believe music can be very powerful for those trying to overcome a disease such as cancer. It can soothe your soul, help you through the treatments, and boost your immune system. My suggestion? Get an iPod or MP3 player and load all your very favorite songs on it and take it with you to your treatments.
I am currently also putting together some healing meditations for cancer patients and will post them when they are available.
By the way, the song I was dancing to in the bathroom? Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, “Nowhere to Run”. Yep, it’s an oldie, but hey – I grew up in the era of the Vietnam War and that song meant a lot to us! Still sounds great today.
I send my love to everyone taking this journey right now. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond.