Music Soothes the Soul - Lift Yourself To The Music

"Imagine no possessions.  I wonder if you can.... You may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one..."
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The Ultimate Dreamer
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This hub is inspired by one of my favorite fellow hubbers, Mickeysr., who, by the way I found hub-hopping. There’s a plethora of beautiful people in the HP community. I recommend you “hop”. However, I also recommend that if you find material offensive, poorly written or full of grammatical and/or spelling errors, leave the hub. Don’t criticize. Hubbers who are not of quality will soon find out when their lists of followers do not grow. Be kind or step away.


OK. That’s my disclaimer. Back to the point. Mickeysr. has written a hub, called Photos That Tell A Story, that I just can’t seem to leave. It’s creating quite a string of comments. For me, this particular hub has reminded me of my core self, which has been my strength throughout my life.


Advice or warning?

We’ve all heard the adage “keep your eyes open”. Or you’ve been given “sage” advice to go into a number of situations “with your eyes open”. Whether or not you are aware, this “advice” sends your subconscious into defensive mode; therefore, you can never really “see” or appreciate this new opportunity, whatever it may be. We have been geared to be on the defensive because society has lost the ability to “Imagine”, as so poignantly stated by the late, great John Lennon.

Rose-colored glasses
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Rose-colored glasses

I have lived my life looking through rose-colored glasses. I’ve never taken them off, although I’ve gone through some pretty rough times. I wear them to this day and, as of this writing, I’m 54 years old. I’m proof of the pudding, folks!

I guess I have a pretty strong sense of myself, although some of the holes I’ve dug (yes, I dug them, no one else!) in my earlier adulthood, would give the opposite assumption.

Self-assessment

Whenever things went wrong in my life I’d stop and ask myself: “what is the common factor here?” The answer was ALWAYS – me! Once you realize your actions or the people with whom you associate, because of the mindset you hold, are responsible for your downfalls – not those people in and of themselves, with whom you associate – you have no choice but to fix yourself in order to be true. It’s hard to face the fact that you’re your own worst enemy, but that adage didn’t come about by happenstance! Love yourself enough to honestly know you are the culprit and put it to an end! Stop having a pity party! “Woe is me”. Yeah, woe is you. So fix it, dumbass!

You don’t need a shrink (who will never fix you because they have bills to pay too, and you’re their meal ticket!) or drugs. What you need is to go deep inside, be honest with yourself and determine the common factor. Make your life work! Get pissed off at yourself for letting all those outside influences reduce you! Love yourself and say, “no more!”. Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and show the world they can’t keep you down! The negative influences in your life will disappear because they no longer have an audience; they no longer have power. Trust me, I’ve been there. And I like myself too much to let anyone or anything stop me from being the best I can be and reaching for my dreams.

OK, I’ve rambled a bit.

In addition to finding myself as the common factor in the valleys of my life, I’ve also had music as a common factor, probably since I was born. I don’t ever remember not having music in my life. I read music, I play the piano, I sing music and I dance! In addition to myself and God, music has always been with me. It’s a part of my soul. And my salvation!

Yanni soothes me, moves me and allows me to go inside myself

Music heals

My alarm wakes me with music (not a jolting, unnerving noise!). My office is the only one in the building with a radio playing at all times (the radio gets turned on before my computer!), because my superiors know I can’t function effectively without music. It’s a prerequisite. It’s necessary. Just as is eating and sleeping. I MUST have music in my life – 24/7!

To reiterate Mickey Sr.’s request: close your eyes. Put on some music and close your eyes. Even if you put on the song that was yours and your lost love’s… if you close your eyes the world will go away and you will hear the message because you will hear the music first . You’ll hear that it’s not your ex-husband or ex-lover speaking the words. The love you will hear when you close your eyes could be your child, a beloved pet, God, or…. How ‘bout this? Yourself? Quite a concept, huh? Loving yourself?? Absolutely! You CANNOT love or give love to another until you love yourself!!!!


Plug in a CD, or play your records, if you still have a player, put on the stereo, close your eyes and let the music move you. Hear the soul and let it enrapture yours. You’ll have no choice but to sway, move, swing, glide. And – watch it! You’re doing it! You’re smiling! What drug or shrink can make you do that?????

I’m telling you folks, music is necessary in your life.

Close your eyes and listen. Where do you go? What do you feel?

Music connects you to your spirituality

By now you may be wondering (or not), where does God come into all of this? Ha! Little do you know…. God is omnipotent, right? Meaning He’s everywhere? God is in the music! Even if it’s head-banger music and you dance furiously. When the song is over, you no longer feel angry and your soul is ready to hear. You’ve ridden yourself of the Beast, ridden it from your presence! Betcha put on something a little smilier (I just made that word up!), but you have ridden yourself of the negativity that has made you dark, angry and has created frown lines. Now let’s show off those laugh lines!

Close your eyes, shut out the world, and let the music lift you!

In danger of receiving a “violation” notice from the HP Police, I leave you with this. It’s my mantra and a line found in my profile. It comes from the heart and my rose-colored glasses:

Keep a smile in your heart and never, ever let the music fade!

Peace,

Bravewarrior



Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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Linda Miles 5 years ago

Love, love, loved this! I'm so very sorry your sister isn't full of the same joy as you; hopefully your love will help the "demons" collapse. KEEP WRITING....


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bravewarrior 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

I will always, always be there for her and will never stop trying to help her lose the demons!


Mary 5 years ago

Bravewarrior you are truly BRAVE.

Love it...you are sooooooo right you can't love others until you love yourself. Be comfortable in your skin, forgive yourself and find peace.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

I'm having trouble getting a new poem-hub published ("Unrelated Links or Products" . . ?) so I logged-out and came to HubPages to see what my stuff looked like to others - when doing this, I found that you had mentioned me as encouraging you to publish this hub . . . I just wanted to say 'thank you' and assure you I count it an honor to have been so recognized.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I always look forward to your hubs, Mickey. You touch my soul and make me think. I've been rather lax in posting (lots of changes going on in my life) but hope to get back to it soon. Keep inspiring me!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and so inspiring; I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love this hub! Okay, you asked me what I think so here it is. I think you write with passion and if I were to make one suggestion to any writer it would be write with passion. After that I would tell a writer to find their own voice. It may sound trite but it is oh so important. We cannot write like someone else nor should we want to. What we bring to the table each time we write is a little part of ourselves and that should shine through in our writing.

I think you are right on in those two categories and you will only get better. Voice defines itself over time; I am not the same writer I was a year ago nor as I will be in a year. I refine my voice as I write, constantly changing, constantly allowing more of me into my writing. I think you have talent that will only get better in time. I think you have wonderful life experiences that need to be put out there so others can learn from them.

I think readers associate most with writers who speak of experience, who are human in their frailties. I think you are one of those writers and I look forward to watching your growth.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow! What a compliment! Thank you, billybuc. I love writing and I write what I love. I look forward to inspiration and/or critique from you! Enjoy your day.....


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I absolutely loved this hub! There is nothing like music to lift your spirit, bring back a special memory and make you break out in song. Even if you can't sing. You are a great writer. Voted up!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx T4. And thanx for the follow. I just checked out your Dancing in the Dark with Bruce Springsteen hub. How awesome for you!

Music is my life. I have it on all the time. I even wake up in the middle of the night with a song in my head.

Glad you enjoyed and thanx for your faith in my writing!


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I completely understand your passion for music and it shows in your words. Looking forward to reading more. Thank you for reading about me and The Boss. :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

It was an awesome read, T4. I'm jealous!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Something else we have in common, Sista Sha... Glad to have found you and this. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

That makes two of us, Maria! Thanx.!

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