Another Great Example of Music Therapy

May 1, 2017


Greetings Kevin!

While planning for my trip to Brazil for a stay of 6 weeks, I wondered what were the most critical things I had to take with me. I decided to buy a bluetooth speaker for the trip, since music is important to me. Little did I know the power that $50 piece of electronics would bring to my mom’s house.

After 85 years of happiness surrounded by music (mom’s favorite thing as she aged was to dance), tension and silence surrounded us as we dealt with mom’s spinal surgery complications. There were lots of tears, sadness and some despair. There was no mood for celebration. There was no mood for laughter.

I decided to hook up the cheap bluetooth speaker, play mom’s (and mine) favorite songs and dance around the tiny apartment with the sound as loud as the machine allowed.

The world changed around us. Within minutes, mom was moving her body around, tentative at first (remember, she had just had spinal surgery!). Soon after, everyone was moving, dancing, singing and acting silly. You could feel and actually see dark clouds lift off everyone’s body.

That is the power of music. I am in the States now, a bit heart broken because I am far from my mom and know she hasn’t fully recovered yet. I know one thing for sure. That little cheap speaker is making a difference in my mom’s life as we speak. She continues to learn to walk again as she takes dancing steps – with a smile on her face. I am now listening to my favorite songs, remembering the times we danced in the tiny apartment, with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. Music heals the soul. I never really understood what that meant until just now. Music is healing my mom, and for that, I will be forever grateful.

How have you experienced music in your life? What is your favorite song? I would love to hear!


With gratitude,


Contact US




Compassionate Accountability In Action


We had great participation in our latest webinar where Nate Regier explores lessons from the book Conflict Without Casualties. The book is an Amazon Best Seller!

If you missed the webinar. You can listen to it here.




Nate Regier’s Blog


Each week we publish a blog post written by Nate Regier
providing insights, tips, and research about communication, leadership skills and healthy conflict. Here is the latest.


Sign Me Up!



Get Started with PCM!


Looking to get started with PCM? Join us in August for PCM Seminar 1, August 14-16. You can continue with Seminar 2, August 17-18 or wait until next time.

Have you completed Seminar 1 and Seminar 2 and wondered what is next? If you are interested in training PCM or using the strategies for coaching, enroll in one of our certifications. Currently, the next scheduled opportunity is August 21-25.


What is PCM?
Looking for better ways to connect and build rapport? Interested in skills for healthier communication, better ways to manage yourself and your team? Experience the power of PCM during our August seminars.



Next Element Immersion


The Next Element Immersion is a powerful, two-day, high-intensity event designed to boost skills for positive conflict and effective communication.


Learn More



Next Element 414 North Main St. Suite 200 Newton, Kansas 67114 United States (316) 283-4200



About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s