Written by: Dr. Brei Carter
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and non-judgmentally observing one’s thoughts and emotions. It has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Music can be a powerful tool for cultivating mindfulness.
When we listen to music mindfully, we are fully present in the moment, focusing on the sound and sensation of the music. This can help us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions, and develop a sense of inner calm and peace.
Music can also be used as a form of meditation. Playing an instrument or singing can be a meditative practice, helping us become more mindful and present. The repetitive nature of playing an instrument or singing can be calming and soothing, reducing stress and anxiety.
If you are interested in using music as a tool for mindfulness, try listening to music mindfully for a few minutes each day. Focus on the sound and sensation of the music, and observe any thoughts or emotions that arise. You can also try playing an instrument or singing as a form of meditation.