There is nothing better than music as a means for the upliftment of the soul.
–Hazrat Inayat Khan
Throughout the world at this time of year people are singing, making joyful sounds to usher in new light, new life, new hope. Music connects us to one another, bridging divisions, entraining us and making us one in sound. And singing is not only a way to feel deeply connected to others; it can also be a potent means of self-expression and healing.
You don’t have to possess a “professional” voice to benefit from the power of song. This simple exercise inspired by Julia Cameron can help us to unblock places where we are emotionally stuck, bringing in relief and healing. Find out how:
Find a place and time when you will not be disturbed. Now gently bring into your awareness a topic or issue where you hold deeply felt, “stuck“ emotions. Begin to breathe with intention, slowly and steadily to calm and center yourself. Now open your mouth and begin to make sounds, singing sounds, that relate to your feelings. (You do not need to find words; just sounds will do.) Continue, allowing the sounds to express what needs to be expressed, washing through you, until you feel that the stuckness has moved or cleared. This may take some time. At the end of your song, bring yourself back to silence, and then breathe with intention to calm and center yourself.
As Joseph Bael says, “As we chant our physical bodies into finer attunement, the people living on the earth and the living earth itself will find peace.”
Inspired by Vein of Gold, by Julia Cameron (Tarcher Putnam, 1996).