Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Here’s a Quick Way to Adjust Your Attitude

This morning, I woke up later than usual. This typically would start my day off wrong and potentially ruin my day. But this morning I decided not to judge myself for staying up too late last night or for sleeping later to make up for it. I started my morning routine, and usually I listen to NPR. But Marketplace was coming on, and they started off talking about the economy. Since I’ve decided I’m not participating in the recession, I turned off the news and turned on some music instead (Dream Big by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband).

As I listened to the lyrics and got ready for the day, I found myself smiling, singing along, and dancing through my morning. And that got me thinking about how much I’m influenced by the messages I hear during the day. What you think about, you bring about, right?

So what messages are playing in your soundtrack during the day? What messages are you listening to in your head? These messages shape your attitude and your world.

Music has this neat ability to get stuck in our heads and to repeat over and over, even if we’re not listening to it. This kind of musical imagery can be useful: a friend of mine said she focuses on song lyrics when she has trouble sleeping, and that form of meditation helps her to fall asleep. It can also be harmful: when the most annoying Barney song gets stuck in your head and you can’t think of anything else.

Fortunately, we can influence the music we hear and the messages we hear in our heads. Take a minute to pay attention to your soundscape. Do you hear traffic, or computer-buzzing? Are you listening to the news? Is it positive or negative? Are you listening to music? What are the messages in the music? Do they help you to feel good and stay positive or are they negative messages?

Choose music and messages that help create the life you want for yourself. Take a music bath-surrounding your senses with music that makes you feel wonderful! Create the attitude you want to have for yourself by listening to music that reinforces that attitude.

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