Let the music move you

Do you have a favorite lullaby? One that you heard as a kid or sing with your children? Every night I snuggle up with my two daughters before they go off to sleep and we sing.

It’s a dance, it’s a dance, it’s a dancing day
Follow your dreams and find your own way
It’s a dance, it’s a dance, it’s a dancing day

We each improvise other verses to this, and it’s a way to both connect and reflect on what kind of day it was. It comforts all of us.

There is great emotional power in music, to uplift or calm or energize. Often you can find me with my headphones on, swaying side to side as I write at a coffee shop, jumping around gleefully as I put away laundry, or putting a bounce in my step as I go for a walk. Sometimes I even dance to just the music of my breath and my heartbeat.

Moving is good for the body, mind, and spirit alike. And it can break up the day with a bit of fun!

If music moves you, why not find three minutes today to put on an upbeat or downtempo song that you really love? Of course, you might be worried about other people watching you, so you could find somewhere with a closed door. I’ve even danced in the bathroom in a pinch! But I’m just as likely to swirl around in a park or at the beach, since I like to give people an example of freely moving without any thought of others staring in judgment.

I like to think of it as a movement meditation. Actually, you could do it even without really seeming to move, if you’re not able to get up and dance. Even if you tap a finger, let your eyelids blink a dance, or close your eyes entirely and imagine yourself boogie-ing like there’s no tomorrow, the music will be moving you. It might bring a smile to your lips or a tear to your eye. That’s wonderful! You will be feeling whatever you need to feel. And maybe healing too.

I’m going to let the music move me today, and I hope you’ll join me. It’s a dancing day!

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