How I Use Music To Feed My Soul
Music speaks to my cells. It cleanses my energy blocks and shakes them loose. I move my body to the rhythm and I feel alive. Lyrics float into my life at the right time to speak directly to me, as if they had emerged from my own heart. A simple 4 bars of music can create a mood, tell a story, whisk me away or send chills through my body.
To say I LOVE music is a fucking understatement.
Music has always been a big part of my life... from listening to the golden oldies with my Mum as a toddler... to belting out Whitney Houston in front of the mirror as a young girl... to listening to Smashing Pumpkins on repeat while smoking cigarettes in my bedroom as a teen…. then in my 20's jumping onto a grungey dance floor as soon as Common People or Bigmouth Strikes Again got a spin.
You've probably figured out by now that I'm a bit of a rock-chick, it's true. But it's fair to say that I like a bit of everything these days. My rock roots will always be there but I'm softer now. I don't need hard music to define me. I've relaxed my hatred of pop music and even learnt to love a lot of it. The softer I became, the more I invited soft music (and popular music) into my life.
**HINT: follow me on Spotify to stalk me properly and see what I'm listening to ;)
Music has been a huge part of my healing and recovery journey too. When I started meditating, I was drawn to ambient, angelic, quiet, peaceful music. I'd never heard anything like it and a needed more of it in my life.
As a music lover, I often had songs stuck in my head when I was trying to sleep, then anxiety would strike! Meditation music played a massive role in helping me to manage my anxiety and get back to sleep. I made a playlist of some of my favourites here.
More recently, I connected with Tahlee of Sonesence, we knew we were soul-sisters instantly. Our paths were destined to cross, and together we created Invincible, an ecourse and music/meditation experience for people who want to prioritise their wellbeing, overcome bad habits and feel INVINCIBLE all the time.
Meditones directly stimulate relaxed neural activity. As you listen to them, your brain is rewiring itself for positive change. Effortlessly. They are precisely tuned frequencies of sound, that when heard with headphones, guide your brain into effortless relaxation and deep meditation
Tahlee's Meditones tracks are often my background music while I write and create, they have helped me reconnect with myself, find quiet amongst a racing mind and have even brought me to tears of joy and love.
You know that I love a zen-hack… meditones are the best hack I've ever come across. Instant, deep peace. It's so amazing. If you want relaxation to be EASY, then get on this!
Another way that music has been a form of therapy and creative expression for me is through making playlists. I have a bit of an obsession actually. My background in radio, love of music and my addiction to scribbling notes and writing lists has come together in an activity that is healthy, creative and FUN. Check out some of my public playlists here.
I'm also a self-confessed music video fanatic. I've been known to spend several hours at a time on a YouTube binge or stay up all night to watch just one more clip on Rage. I've even been sucked in (to YouTube and Spotify) a few times while writing this post!
Watch my top 50 music videos of 2014 on YouTube or below.
Now watch my top 50 videos of 2015 too!
Music has helped me to express my feelings, my weirdness, my passion and rebellion more times that I can count. I'm truly grateful for it! I'd love to connect with you and discover what music you're into!
How has music influenced you and helped you to grow, heal and express yourself?