Has there ever been a time where Music has been there for you? Often we find ourselves in situations where it doesn’t feel like we can talk to anyone. Maybe we believe we’ve let our loved ones down, or that if we confess to our elders that maybe we will be judged. Whatever is holding you back, I often find myself in plights exactly like these, where I have something weighing on my shoulders and I can’t think past my own insecurities to give it to God. In those
situations, however, I find myself turning to music therapy.
In my opinion, music therapy is an often overlooked and highly useful tool to combat feelings of inadequacy, and tackle whatever is standing in the way of your relationship with God. The World Federation of Music Therapists defines Music Therapy as “the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing.” I find it to be so much more!
At the suggestion of my Christian therapist and elders, I now turn to music when I’m low. I’ve always been incredibly influenced and drawn by music, and it’s held a special place in my heart and life. When I need to feel closer to someone, I listen to music they’ve made, or music that reminds of them. When I’m feeling alone, I know to turn on sadder music, because it’s nice to feel like someone knows what I’m going through. And when I need to feel closer, I have a very special playlist, one that reminds of his power, and his love, and my unending eternal gratitude for this life he has given me: I listen to Choral music.
Whatever struggles you’re going through, I pray that you will read these words and plug in some headphones. My relationship with God has been strengthened through music therapy. Find your mix, your playlist- sign up for a streaming service and the music of the world is at your fingertips! Let God commune with you through music, and watch your relationship with him bloom into a symphony.