Have you ever had the experience where you listen to a song and can express yourself and how you’re feeling in the sound in a way mere words could never quite convey?
Maybe it’s not so much the sound, but what is being sung; the lyrics hit you deep capturing the emotion you are feeling in the moment.
The definition of music in The Oxford University Dictionary is this:
The art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
In essence, any written words, when spoken, read, or sung, can be classified as a form of music.
When we express ourselves through movement to music, it can also be considered as music. Be it dancing or how we choose to show up and move with the flow of life, expressing our gifts in whatever form it takes is a way for us to showcase our music.
Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive, inner voice, and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice and don’t get to the end of your life and say what if my life has been wrong?”
Here’s Why Expressing Yourself Through Music is Good for Your Wellbeing
1. You MATTER
In Mel Robbins’ TED Talk, she shared an interesting statistic. Scientists have calculated the odds of you coming into existence is 1 in 400 trillion. That is 14 zeros behind the 4. The fact that you won a spot to be in existence is a miracle.
For this very reason, you have value. There is a reason you are here.
Most people think the reason needs to be big, like saving the world. But it doesn’t.
It is simply being happy and bringing joy to the world. Because when you are happy and doing things that excite you, that energy is contagious. It rubs off on others around you. This is what helps uplift the consciousness of our planet.
So, tune into your desires and follow what makes your heart sing. Because as you get to know yourself and ‘revel’ in your evolution, you develop into the fullest expression of who you are and your fullest potential. In doing the thing that you enjoy, you bring happiness to others and start your revolution to illuminating the world with your gift.
Oprah Winfrey sums this up perfectly: “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”
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2. Suppressing yourself can lead to depression
I have experienced this first hand. Growing up, we were taught how to ‘fit in’ with societal and cultural norms based on the constructs of our caretakers so that we can integrate and function within society.
I was taught to listen to my elders and not to speak my mind because it is disrespectful and can cause others to lose face. I learned that showing emotions and asking for help is a sign of weakness. That to be seen as a ‘good’ and ‘lovable’ girl is to do things people like.
Naturally, when you believe this to be true, you generally like to please others. You go against your heart desires to seek acceptance and love from the external world. You stay mum in speaking your voice in order to not rock the boat and to keep the peace.
Eventually, as you continue to do things against your heart’s desires, that part of your soul which holds the music in you dies inside. You become resentful and depressed. You see, when you suppress your voice and your inner desires, you deny the music inside of you to be delivered in the physical form.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. As children, we didn’t know any better and are dependent on our caretakers to provide for us, to feel safe, secure, and loved, so we believed what we were told. We simplified what we saw and experienced to represent two extremes, as either good or bad, right or wrong, safe or unsafe.
What they taught and shared with us with good intentions isn’t necessarily good or bad. It’s just how they see the world. As we experience life more on our own, we learn and grow and realize there are degrees within a spectrum of polarity.
Now that we know better, it is time for us to take responsibility for our lives.
“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” – J.K. Rowling
Permit yourself to do things that excite and make you happy. To rekindle the spirit and music that use to play in your heart that brought you joy. To find a way to express your voice and your stories with others and make it count because it matters.
You never know who you can touch and inspire along your life’s journey, which brings me to my next point.
3. Music is a powerful force that brings together humanity.
The music that is in each of us has a vibrational energy that is meant to be shared. It is the gift and miracle of life that brought you here.
You are a brilliant creation. When you express your words and stories using your ‘lifelines’ or five senses to interact and engage with others, it empowers you to share who you are with the world.
Like music, it becomes an outlet for your heart and mind to express how it is feeling at that moment. It can also help you shake things off and get you through whatever it is you are going through.
And in the exchange, when your music syncs up with others and the external world, it can evoke certain emotions, sentiments, and realizations you have about life and vice versa, transforming your energy.
This is the power of music; it has a magical way of connecting us to our inner self and others.
So tune into your tune. Make and share your music in whatever form it takes.
Sing your song. Dance your dance. Own your story. Share your message. You might change someone’s life forever. Including yours.
– Anna Taylor