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Music Medicine: The Science and Spirit of Healing Yourself with Sound Paperback – August 1, 2012
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“Music can provide the support we need in life's challenging moments, and more importantly, music can become part of our daily routine for spirituality and health. Enjoy this powerful path for your own healing—through the joy, and the great peace, of music.”
—Joan Borysenko, PhD, from the foreword of Music Medicine
“Music Medicine brings home to our hearts the truth that music is an organic medicine. Christine Stevens reveals how the intricate beauty of harmony, rhythm, and song course through our veins, uniting us with the cosmic music of the universe.”
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation
“Music Medicine is an interstate of sound that awakens, soothes, dances, and silences us.”
—Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect and The Harmony of Health
“Each of Christine's lessons has helped me to become a musical instrument and a singer of my own song.”
—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
“In this book, Christine provides a powerful and educational curriculum for music therapists, musicians, and anyone interested in music wellness. Music becomes the language to unite and heal across the continents.”
—Antoinette Follett, Editor-in-Chief, Making Music
From the Author
This book is an invitation to take part in making your own music and to share it more widely in the healing that is taking place on the planet. Even though music is already in you, this book is a guide to remembering, reconnecting, and discovering the healing benefits of sound. This is the story of an ancient artifact--or perhaps a fact of art--that has underscored thousands of years of humanity's development: the medicine of music. This treasure has been with us since the beginning of time. No war can destroy it. No one religion can claim it. Mystics of different faiths have heard its song, shamans have traveled its rhythmic beats to invisible realms, and healers have carried its tune to wounded souls. It is present in the symphony of the notes of our lives, the harmony between people, and the inner music that is unique to each person as a living instrument of his or her own song.
I want to serve as your guide to discover music's medicine--the sound, play, passion, and pause are waiting for you, a sonic remedy composed at the core of your being. I will take you through the four elements of music's medicine--rhythm, harmony, melody, and silence--with guided practices that show you practical ways to orchestrate healing and wholeness in your life and in the lives of those you serve.Then we'll move inward to the fifth element, which is the music within you, a quintessence that blends all four elements into the human instrument. Finally, we'll explore how music's medicine can orchestrate change in the world and for the planet.
This is a book that sings. Free online music playlists offer a soundtrack to the teachings on the groove, song, harmony, and silence within you. If you are in the fields of education, therapy, health care, or personal coaching, the guided practices can augment your work. If you are a parent looking to give your children the creativity and expression of music, you can incorporate the practices into your family life. If you are a musician, you can become more well rounded and create music that resonates more deeply from your soul.
This book is about a paradigm change. It's not about being taught music; it's about music teaching us. It's not about practicing music; it's about music as practice. It's not about talent; it's about truth. It's not only about loving music; it's about living music. It's about finding your way into a "sound" health strategy that is joyful, creative, harmonious, and fun.
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1-I couldn't put it down
2-Had I continued to underline I would have ended up doing so to the entire volume.
I highly recommend this book, written in clear and understandable form with both better than competent understanding of the subject matter and generosity toward those of us who don't.
This was not what I expected but very interesting anyway. It explains the psychology behind music and how it can heal you. It includes an abundance of interesting facts and thought provoking stories about people who were healed by music. It also tells you about studies done to show not only how music can heal you but how a love for and connection to music is wired into our brains from birth. It is quite an interesting read and I highly recommend it to all music lovers. (and if anyone tries to tell you that playing music is a frivolous activity show them this book!!:) )
Pure & Simple: 'Music Medicine' is the 'soul' available key resource to make it happen.
Truly profound yet practical, this is one of the few books I will prize, keep, share & use -*- literally for life. More than a versatile, expansive guide & toolkit, Music Medicine supportively connects at the heart ... to stabilize, encourage, & positively serve ... as an ongoing & evolving cherished companion & advocate for life. This simply & soundly links 'music & leadership' in connected, enlightening, life-expansive ways. Why weight ... and wait for it to happen? Get this now, for life.