The dictionary defines “music” as “an art of sound in time that expresses ideas or emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and colour.” Music has the power to transcend, the power to heal, and it can surely serve as a beneficial and creative outlet.

The late Ravi Shankar was known for moving people’s spirit with his music. He is quoted as saying: “Music rises above all languages and barriers. It is the most beautiful communication skill one can have. Music makes us all experience different emotions. Different kinds of music, whether it is by voice or instrument, Eastern or Western, Classical or Pop or folk from any part of the world, can all be spiritual. Music has the power to move the spirit of a person as if there is no time.” George Harrison of The Beatles fame describes Ravi Shankar as the Godfather of world music.

Even the late Jagjit Singh expressed such powerful emotion in his music and his legend still lives on. And then how could we forget the late Tansen? It is said that he could light up diyas with his singing! Such was the power of his talent.

There is evidence that sound has been used as a healing force for thousands of years. All ancient civilizations used sound for healing. There are many traditional cultures still surviving today that understand the remarkable healing power resulting from sound.

When faced with stressful situations and depression, consider listening to music as one of the solutions to your problem. It’s a powerful tool for stress that could do amazing things to your overall health. As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction at the same time as it helps to explore your emotions. This means it can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind wandering.

When we are very stressed, there is a tendency to avoid actively listening to music. Perhaps it feels like a waste of time, not helping to achieve anything. But as we know, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with.

It’s amazing to discover how powerful music can be, and even though we may not subscribe to esoteric thoughts or beliefs, it is near impossible to deny the way music can move our emotions and affect how we feel.