The dose: be deliberate and intentional in your use of music. Turn the lights off. Close your eyes. Give your full attention to the music. Give yourself at least half an hour to immerse yourself. Notice what it feels like in your body when you listen. It’s ok if your mind wanders, it’s not a meditation. Don’t be afraid of facing the past, but also allowing yourself space to dream. Choose music that stimulates a variety of emotions. Let music move you to tears, and to joy.
There is no strict formula, we are our own doctors when it comes to prescribing a dose of music, but the intention and attention you give it is important. Recognise that by listening to music deliberately and therapeutically that you are engaging in a caring, compassionate act towards yourself. That you are taking some time with yourself, to listen to your needs and inner world. In doing this you are honouring your true emotions, and connecting with yourself. When we pay meaningful attention to ourselves, accepting who we are in the moment, the effect is often relief, space, clarity, release.
To help you on your way I have created a Spotify playlist designed to help you get in touch with your emotions. To take a journey into some of the more transformational experiences composed and created by Rich Lucano and myself, listen to these audio experiences. Here you will find a range of audio experiences to help you to relax to, let go and create vision.
Remember, when you are actively listening to music, you’re also listening to yourself. Giving yourself a little attention can make a huge difference to how you feel.
Mary Hoang is Founder and Head Psychologist of The Indigo Project. Her new book 'Darkness is Golden' was released in January 2021 and is available here.