Musical Calling: Soulful Music Helps Your Mind And Body Speak To You
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Musical Calling: Soulful Music Helps Your Mind And Body Speak To You

Mental Wellbeing
Sumiran Annamaria Kashyap Trainee Yogi, Energy Healing Enthusiast
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Musical Calling: Soulful Music Helps Your Mind And Body Speak To You

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It is possible that even the genre ‘soul music’ may not be the right kind of soulful for you. Music is a very personal experience, one which totally depends on the listener. What’s your musical calling?

One of the reasons why people enjoy music is because, like other creative arts, it forges connections with our emotions; often the ones we can't describe openly. Empirical studies in music psychology (yes, such an academic/scientific specialisation exists) show that music serves as an effective stress management technique.

Here’s how, from a psychological perspective:

  • Listening to music absorbs our attention, whilst simultaneously distracting us from things that usually saturate our thinking.
  • Consequently, the mind becomes introspective, exploring its ‘emotional inventory’.
  • If it brings to the fore painful emotions, the experience becomes cathartic, thanks to the effects of music.
  • If the brain encounters happy emotions, the sensations are only further enhanced!

Research also shows that soothing music, classical music in particular, is good ‘soul food’. Whilst the adjective is colloquial, there’s a realistic foundation to it. Multifaceted research on the psychology of rhythm and the connection between music and consciousness shows that soulful music impacts bodily functions:

  • It regulates heartbeat and pulse rate; and lowers blood pressure and stress levels.
  • Against a backdrop of quiet, melodious refrains, a person can focus on their breathing and relax it, thereby strengthening their perception of ‘control’ over themselves and their bodies.
  • Soulful music heals. It's known to reduce chronic pain from conditions like disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis. Not to mention its productive effects on migraine/fatigue sufferers, as well as those dealing with anxiety/depression. It’s increasingly becoming the preferred medium of medication to help ease the pain/uneasiness experienced by to-be moms in the labour room.
  • Soulful music also refreshes. The idea of spending some time listening to music and doing nothing else seems equivalent to being idle. Evidence exists though, supporting its influence on increased physical capacities, sharper memory/focus, and improved intellectual skills.
  • The Mozart Effect is a phenomenon specifically named after positively amplified performance on cognitive tasks, on listening to classical music, especially Mozart.

Although with increasingly updated/sophisticated evaluations of individual differences in traits and preferences, it would be an unfairly skewed assumption that those who aren't lovers of Mozart don't score high in the cognitive department!

Everyone has their own definition of therapeutic music – what’s calming for one, may be distracting for another. So, before you obsessively start immersing yourself in songs with the words ‘soul’/‘soulful’ in their descriptions, remember to do so only with songs that resonate with you, not the ones that resonate with everyone else. 

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Sumiran Annamaria Kashyap

Sumiran Annamaria Kashyap

Trainee Yogi, Energy Healing Enthusiast
Sumiran Kashyap Sahni is a chamomile tea loving freelance writer; formerly a caffeine loving financial services recruitment consultant. Her areas of interest are health and wellness, beauty, fashion, (a smattering of) prose, and any work of nature, or the human hand, that delights her heart. On the World Wide Web, she’s also known as Thinking Totty. She specifically writes about health and wellness from a lifestyle-choice perspective, and gets all her bright ideas when she’s practicing yoga, or chakra and reiki meditation.
Sumiran Annamaria Kashyap

Sumiran Annamaria Kashyap

Trainee Yogi, Energy Healing Enthusiast
Sumiran Kashyap Sahni is a chamomile tea loving freelance writer; formerly a caffeine loving financial services recruitment consultant. Her areas of interest are health and wellness, beauty, fashion, (a smattering of) prose, and any work of nature, or the human hand, that delights her heart. On the World Wide Web, she’s also known as Thinking Totty. She specifically writes about health and wellness from a lifestyle-choice perspective, and gets all her bright ideas when she’s practicing yoga, or chakra and reiki meditation.


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