Category Archives: brain

The Power of Music: Healing Through Sound

We all love music. It stirs our emotions and provides a doorway into a deeper mode for expression. The power of music is so strong it helps us move past obstacles and complete our goals. There are many people I know who use the power of music to help them finish a run, to get them motivated and “pumped up” so that it will help push them forward to the finish mark. There are also articles, research studies and quotations exploring the power of music and its healing capabilities for the body and mind. Music truly is an amazing language in which the entire world shares.

It should come to no surprise that music has a direct affect on depression, either alleviating it or deepening it. Music we enjoy lifts our spirits, our hopes and our outlook. It places us in a better world, one in which we feel we can better express ourselves, one in which we may better communicate and connect with others. The power of music may also work the opposite way by listening to music which aggravates our system. The music we find bane or saddening may only deepen feelings of despair and lonliness–something we always steer clear from if we are wanting to be truly healthy.

In this case, health just isn’t about the physical fitness of the individual’s body, but the fitness of the emotional body, as well. When working toward a holistic approach of health, we need to shift toward healing the whole self–body, mind and spirit. Music seems to provide this avenue for healing. Many neuroscientists are working on trying to find how music exactly helps open doorways in the brain which help rewire certain networks. Everything must start in the brain, meaning when music opens these doorways, it can rewire the health of a person to a certain point. Some people, however, believe that the power of music is limitless and that there are no boundaries.


A wonderful classical piece I just discovered. So beautiful! I must learn how to play piano.

An abstract from the International Journal of Mental Health and Nursing printed a study on the effects of music exposure and depression symptoms among older adults. The study found a significant drop in depression symptoms, along with drops in anxiety and blood pressure. Another study performed in Taiwan found that those with major depressive symptoms showed a decrease in depression as well after listening to their choice of music for 2 weeks.

Music can also boost your immune system. Listening to upbeat music with a good beat seems to do the trick in relieving harmful stress hormones which decrease the immune system’s ability to fight off infections. Researchers from the University of Sussex and the Max Planck Institute in Germany found that the power of music can have significant benefits in improving the quality of health through the long term by reducing the incidence of disease.

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It is a well known fact that exercise improves the quality of life, and that it is a necessary nutrient. Listening to your favorite music can help motivate you and push you into finishing a workout. Usually this type of music for exercise isn’t something slow (as I couldn’t imagine working out to Enya). Workout music usually contains a good, uplifting beat to help get you in a rhythm of providing movement for your body. Some research also shows that the power of music expands to boost brain power of cognitive abilities during exercise, beyond what exercise alone accomplishes.

What music motivates, inspires or lifts your spirits? You can usually find me listening to mellow music, as I suppose that’s the kind of person I usually am. Most of the time it is Enya or classical music. I also have my deep interest in Ska (Madness!), some rock (Steadman, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Format, The Cranberries) and 1920’s music. It really is a bizarre mixture of genres. What about you? How do you feel after listening to your music, and what do you feel during?

Until next time, this is The Healthy Advocate.

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Are Cartoons Ruining Your Child’s Potential?

Hello everyone! I am so glad to be blogging again, to help bring you important news, tips, and advice to help you lead a healthier and happier (and more vibrant!) lifestyle.

Today I was watching, you guessed it, television. I don’ normally tune in to anything anymore, just because I can’t stand having my brain fall asleep. Besides, I always have something else that I can be doing that is much more productive, much more exciting and exhilarating, that will help me move forward and upward in life (don’t you just love getting into that feeling?).

I was watching one of my favorite children’s cartoon, Arthur. I have always loved this show, and it sends a wonderful message to children in each and every episode. However, today one of the characters, called “Brain” due to his high intelligence, reported a wrong answer during a pre-math contest (kind of like a spelling bee).

He obsesses. He believes his brain has quit on him, and he quits being who he is (a genius), and tries his hand at comedy. In the end, though, he returns to his true calling, and his love for everything math, science, and geography related. This is great; it really is a great message to children to tell them, “Be yourself; you are special and unique in your own way, and everyone loves you just the way you are.”

However (and there’s the word, however), before the actual Math-a-thon, he tells himself, “Don’t be scared, don’t be scared, don’t be scared.”

“Oh no!” I exclaimed, as everyone else in the room watching the television looked weird at me,
“You can’t say that to yourself!”

Knowing what I know about the mind, hypnosis, and the power of positive intention and belief, is that we cannot process or accept a negative believe, comment, or idea. Our brains automatically go the actual “meat” of that sentence and bring it into reality. For example, if you were to say, don’t be scared, your brain will actually do the opposite and fulfill your desire of not doing that specific thing.

Especially in children, where their minds are already in a hypnotic state, open and receptive to suggestions, they are much more prone to the wrong kind of thinking, thus leading them into a downward way of living.

After the episode, I came up with an idea to try and develop a hypnosis program to help children of all ages (0-100), so they can rewire their thinking (in a sense), and start being able to tell themselves of the things they do want to accomplish, and what they do want out of their life. Only when you are actually talking and thinking about what you do want is the time when your brain will set of lights, sounds, and images that will give you ideas on how to accomplish your desires.

So when I get this program going, I would like to have some testers. Perhaps parents who would like to use it with their children, or perhaps parents who would like to use it on themselves. As long as you are ready to begin thinking differently, feeling differently, and living differently, do you qualify.

I’m going to leave you guys on that note, and I hope each and everyone of you has an amazing week (just believe that you will; expect it, and watch it happen). Tell yourself throughout the week of the things you want in your life, rather than the things you don’t want, so your brain can start working on ideas on how to uplift your life and bring forth your dreams.

Please rate, comment and share! The more people who knows about the blog, the farther we can let people know how to help others reach their goals, achieve their dreams, and in turn, help others. Goodbye, and have a pleasant week.

Are Cartoons Ruining Your Child's Potential?

Hello everyone! I am so glad to be blogging again, to help bring you important news, tips, and advice to help you lead a healthier and happier (and more vibrant!) lifestyle.

Today I was watching, you guessed it, television. I don’ normally tune in to anything anymore, just because I can’t stand having my brain fall asleep. Besides, I always have something else that I can be doing that is much more productive, much more exciting and exhilarating, that will help me move forward and upward in life (don’t you just love getting into that feeling?).

I was watching one of my favorite children’s cartoon, Arthur. I have always loved this show, and it sends a wonderful message to children in each and every episode. However, today one of the characters, called “Brain” due to his high intelligence, reported a wrong answer during a pre-math contest (kind of like a spelling bee).

He obsesses. He believes his brain has quit on him, and he quits being who he is (a genius), and tries his hand at comedy. In the end, though, he returns to his true calling, and his love for everything math, science, and geography related. This is great; it really is a great message to children to tell them, “Be yourself; you are special and unique in your own way, and everyone loves you just the way you are.”

However (and there’s the word, however), before the actual Math-a-thon, he tells himself, “Don’t be scared, don’t be scared, don’t be scared.”

“Oh no!” I exclaimed, as everyone else in the room watching the television looked weird at me,
“You can’t say that to yourself!”

Knowing what I know about the mind, hypnosis, and the power of positive intention and belief, is that we cannot process or accept a negative believe, comment, or idea. Our brains automatically go the actual “meat” of that sentence and bring it into reality. For example, if you were to say, don’t be scared, your brain will actually do the opposite and fulfill your desire of not doing that specific thing.

Especially in children, where their minds are already in a hypnotic state, open and receptive to suggestions, they are much more prone to the wrong kind of thinking, thus leading them into a downward way of living.

After the episode, I came up with an idea to try and develop a hypnosis program to help children of all ages (0-100), so they can rewire their thinking (in a sense), and start being able to tell themselves of the things they do want to accomplish, and what they do want out of their life. Only when you are actually talking and thinking about what you do want is the time when your brain will set of lights, sounds, and images that will give you ideas on how to accomplish your desires.

So when I get this program going, I would like to have some testers. Perhaps parents who would like to use it with their children, or perhaps parents who would like to use it on themselves. As long as you are ready to begin thinking differently, feeling differently, and living differently, do you qualify.

I’m going to leave you guys on that note, and I hope each and everyone of you has an amazing week (just believe that you will; expect it, and watch it happen). Tell yourself throughout the week of the things you want in your life, rather than the things you don’t want, so your brain can start working on ideas on how to uplift your life and bring forth your dreams.

Please rate, comment and share! The more people who knows about the blog, the farther we can let people know how to help others reach their goals, achieve their dreams, and in turn, help others. Goodbye, and have a pleasant week.