Anything is possible with music. It is a bold statement, I have not done any scientific research to back it and some people find themselves resistant to it….but I am using it anyway as my new slogan. It is a statement that I have been saying over and over again for the last few months and the more I say it out loud, the more I believe it. The more I believe it, the clearer I become in communicating this idea and living the reality of it everyday.
This catch phrase started out as an anchor to hold my vision in place. As I am developing the work that I do as a music therapist and life coach, I frequently ask ‘ What do I want people to know? What am I offering them?’ When I really sit with this and look back at my journey and the work that has arisen from that, the answer is “Anything Is Possible”. More and more when I get into my natural state of Being, the possibilities seem endless. When I am still and clear of trapped emotions and mental loops, walking throughout my day is easy. I have no problem letting go of things that are out of my control, I can focus on goals that are within my reach, and I feel an empowerment like I have never felt before. With this empowerment, I find it exciting to Take a Risk and Experience Music. And that is when things really start to connect.
Music amplifies ideas because it is a lived experience.
The practice of using music mindfully brings the idea that ‘Anything is Possible’ into reality. I once heard someone say that ‘consciousness is always creating our outer reality’. Through mindful music practice, you can shift your consciousness to one of ease and endless possibility. Soon, your outer reality starts to change to match that. Doors open that need to, you meet people that you can align with, you aren’t rushed and find it easy to feel and take action. You start living a life of purpose and hope.
So how do we get to this point where we are living a life in which Anything Is Possible? One of the ways we can start is with our thoughts. You might notice that there is a resistance that comes up when someone tells you that anything is possible. This is a pretty common response and is built by conditioning from our early childhood environment and limiting beliefs that are often formed through dogma, propaganda and oppressive agendas. It is hard to break this kind of oppression and it lives in most of us, even in the most subtle of forms.
It is that voice inside you that shuts down a new idea, the repeating patterns of ‘I can’t do this because…..’ ‘‘you are not good enough’ ‘you will never succeed’ ‘this is stupid and a waste of time’. Self defeating thoughts; we all have them to some degree or another, but we also have the ability to tear those limiting thoughts down and replace them with ones that are actually true.
Even if your thinking is positive, and you entertain thoughts like, “I can do this…..’’ ‘This is what I need to be doing’ “once I achieve this goal I will be in the perfect spot’, you might be so in your head that you are missing that these thoughts aren’t even true for you. Maybe you are going after someone else’s agenda, or you aren’t actually aligned with your values and authentic voice. This results in resistance and always missing the mark to some degree. Things are hard to get accomplished, there seems to be too much energy being used to bring your ideas into reality. You get burnt out, and hope starts to fade.
What is great about mindfulness, is that it allows for thoughts, but it doesn’t attach to them, make a judgment of them or even believe that they are true. Mindfulness is simply putting your awareness on something and observing it, rather than judging it, making it mean something or acting upon it. When you start practicing mindfulness meditation you build a muscle of awareness that comes from a different place than all these thoughts. Then you start to notice a place deeper inside of you, a place where everything flows from, easily, with no effort. This is the place of “Anything Is Possible’.
Creative Practice: Music is such a great tool to help you learn meditation. Our brain loves to figure out patterns, but we are trying to go deeper and find the place that isn’t figuring anything out. We are trying to get in touch with the place that just IS, our True Nature. So, if we put a song on in the background, we give the brain something it is craving. We keep this active part of our brain busy. I really love classical songs like Clair De Lune for this purpose. Songs with predictable phrases and repeating motifs help our mind to relax. Then you can place your awareness on your breath. I like to pair my breath with movement of the chord progressions in a song. Often times this is 4-8 beats and is the perfect amount of time to take a breath in. As the music moves to the next chord, the out breath starts. The song ‘Drifting’ by Enya is a great song to try this with. The other thing I love about using music for meditation is that it gives you a time limit. I don’t want to be thinking about ‘when is this going to be over’ (although some meditations are totally like that!!) But I want to relax this nervous part of my mind and let music watch the clock. If you are just starting out, challenge yourself to meditate for the length of 1 song. As this practice becomes easier, create a 30 minute playlist and try to meditate to these songs every day if you can!