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  • Writer's pictureGail Weiner

The magic of music

Art by Dall-e and me

Are you ready to embark on a musical journey that will have you dancing, singing, and resetting those negative patterns? Learn how music can uplift our spirits, stimulate our brains, and bring about positive changes.

Music is more than just melodies and beats. It can move us, inspire us, and even change our moods. But did you know that certain types of music can also work wonders on our brains?

Consider the prefrontal cortex as the conductor of a symphony orchestra. Conductors are crucial for decision-making, problem-solving, and emotional regulation. And guess what? Music stimulates this brain region and make it work at its peak!

Classical music, with its intricate compositions and soothing melodies, is like a VIP pass to engage and stimulate your prefrontal cortex. Its complex structures and harmonies activate various regions within this brain area, enhancing neural connectivity and unleashing cognitive prowess.

Now let's turn up the volume and explore pop music's impact. Those catchy tunes and familiar lyrics evoke emotions and trigger memories. As a result, they activate neural pathways associated with specific emotions and past experiences. Although this can be a wonderful experience, it is important to be aware of how it can unintentionally reinforce negative patterns. So, let's dance to the beat while staying aware of our emotional triggers.

But when it comes to stirring up our emotions, nothing beats techno music. Picture the bass dropping and the rhythm taking over. The thumping beats and repetitive patterns activate the limbic system, the emotional center of our brain. This emotional response can then influence the prefrontal cortex, which regulates our emotions and decision-making. You're about to experience a techno-fueled bliss, so let your emotions flow!

Now, let's talk about focus and productivity. Have you ever found yourself completely absorbed in a House track, lost in its steady rhythm? The reason is that house music boosts concentration and focus. The repetitive beats and structured patterns activate the prefrontal cortex, sharpening your attentional skills. Put on some house music the next time you need to get things done and allow your mind to groove to the beat.

Music isn't just about brain stimulation; it's also a powerful tool for enhancing your mood. When beats are paired with positive and uplifting melodies, it's a mood-enhancing elixir. It's impossible to resist the infectious energy of a catchy song, which can temporarily relieve you of negative beliefs and thoughts. Having this musical reset button in this world where negativity sometimes weighs us down is truly a gift!

So, are you ready to test this musical superpower? Here's a fun and quirky exercise to help you reset those negative beliefs and dance your way to positivity:

Choose a song: Pick a song that brings you joy, uplifts your spirits, or fills you with positive emotions. It can be an all-time favorite or a new discovery. The key is to choose something that makes you feel amazing!

Create a dance routine: Now it's time to unleash your inner dancer! Create a dance routine to go along with your uplifting anthem. Don't worry about being a pro; just let your body move freely and expressively. Allow the music to guide your every step and let your inhibitions go.

Let Go and Reset: Find a space where you can dance without a care in the world

The next time you're feeling down or need a burst of positivity, turn up the volume, dance like nobody's watching, and let the music work its magic. Get ready to groove, reset, and embrace the power of music!

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