Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Healing through Creativity
Imagine a group of eight people sitting in a circle on hard wooden chairs. The room is deafeningly quiet. Eyes fall to the floor, feet shuffle, backs stiffen.
An older woman whispers to the young girl beside her. The girl looks up, then into the eyes of the older woman. There is a moment of hesitation; slowly, the girl nods.
She takes a breath and a soft melody begins to flow from her lips. Its minor key affect the others as they lift their heads, drawn in by the mood. She sings of autumn leaves falling and the natural decay of the world.
The song ends and all eyes are wide. A young man asks where the melody came from. Another talks of the longing he experienced while the girl sang. A conversation is born about loss and hope. The room fills with conversation and connection.
This scene is based on a case study of a music therapy session in The Handbook of Music Therapy. It demonstrates the power of music to act as a bridge to verbal communication and interpersonal connection, transcending preoccupation of personal pain.
Music can have a profound effect on us at critical times in our lives. What emotions do your favourite songs evoke in you?
Today’s 4 Minute Writer
I soar, letting the note carry me gently through stillness, vapour, and bliss. I am absorbed, my senses hushed.
Then, gently, it brings me back to myself, where I await, patiently, ready to soak in the souvenir of the treasured moment.
The world around me slowly comes back into focus, the fridge, the cupboards, that splatter on the tile. I’m back from my journey through the realm of timelessness and solitude. Back, but not as I was.
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