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,

 

 
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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.
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