Monday, July 10, 2017

C is for Cultural Wellness

Filed under Wellness

This A-Z Blogging challenge fit nicely in with the last wellness domain, Cultural Wellness. Cultural wellness is respecting and learning about your culture, as well as others. To maintain one’s cultural wellness, one might participate in rituals and celebrations that reflect one’s culture.

For me, cultural wellness also involves understanding, learning about, respecting, and participating in celebrations and expressions of the cultures of those around me. Here are some ways to elevate your cultural wellness with music:

  1. Sing songs from your culture. As an American, there are several songs that I feel are important to my culture. Patriotic songs, like America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and My Country ‘Tis of Thee, as well as folk songs like You Are My Sunshine, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, and She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, are one’s that I can sing with my family.
  2. Listen to music from other cultures. Music is a part of every culture, and listening to the music of another culture is a way to begin understanding that culture. I have started exposing my son to music from other cultures, using holidays as a guide–like Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day or Jewish music for Passover.
  3. Notice the music accompanying cultural events. Music is a part of just about everything we do, from going to church to attending sports events. Pay attention to the music in your environment and how it contributes to your culture or the culture of those around you.

What is the music that is important to your culture?



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