Recently a client passionately shared the fact that everything has and needs rhythm. He spoke into many different illustrations to support his thought-provoking theory. It so happens that its scientifically proven, too (Zatoore and Salimpoor 2013). He explained I was made out of rhythm. What?! Yes. The rhythmic movement of my parents having sex. This was a novel thought. I reflected on such a melodic, beautifully comforting perspective of a moment bringing forth life.
If I clung to that point-of-view all the time I might be more merciful towards my parents. Compassion begins with consideration of one’s sacrifices. Mental reminders that may refresh a deep gratitude is one way to mature perspective of people’s behaviors. Behavior stems from learning why and how to react. The integrity of behaviors may mature through diversifying perspective. Music is one sweet strategy-building sensation worthy to use.
Just days after my client heightened my awareness to rhythm I read this post on Time.com. Our brain craves music. Our emotions are processed in the same part of our brain music activates. Neuroscientist Valorie Salimpoor experimented with music’s affect to point out that our amygdala “is involved with the processing of emotion, as well as areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in abstract decision-making. When we’re listening to music, the most advanced areas of the brain tie in to the most ancient.”
In essence, rhythm intersects with our memory in the same manner as problem-solving. The experiment supports we recognize patterns and generalize it from experience. It doesn’t address differentiating healthy patterns from unhealthy ones but it does point out recognizing a foreign pattern with a familiar outcome.
Patterns help us progress. We may have unhealthy patterns but may be rewarded by seeking healthy patterns. So, a new pattern has emerged for me. The first recollect of being brought to life is a pattern reflected as a beautiful melody. I’m certain to keep on this prosperous, healthy path.
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Zatorre, R. J., & Salimpoor, V. N. (2013). From perception to pleasure: Music and its neural substrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(Suppl 2), 10430–10437. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1301228110