Two Ways in Which Music Helps You Manage Your Mood

It’s ironic that when self is the only thing you can control, that’s one thing you often feel powerless to.  If you feel that you are a slave to your mood’s haphazard whims, like a pendulum in stormy wind, then you’re getting weighed down by a backlog of emotions from …

Music as the Mood Regulator

So continuing on yesterday’s post, the best practice is to feel whatever “negative” emotion you have first, and then steer it toward a more desirable outlook. That’s easier said than done. Yesterday I had an incident where I got very mad.  Except I realized that I can’t get 100% mad. …

Song Reflections: In Flames “In Plain View”

This song is the epitome of what I call “hard music for hard times” — heavy songs conveying really heavy, hard feelings.

One of the biggest fears we have in life is disappointments.  When you think about it, so many of our fears boil down to trying to prevent letdowns.

This song is about letdowns, when you thought the path was clear — yet you cannot proceed because fear is holding you back.

Deep inside
The memories that are left behind
Close my eyes
I’ve been hopelessly lost in the fear

Fears are learned, they come from memories, those of painful experiences.  And they get stuck.  They get stuck in our body, and a lot of times we are not even aware that it’s there.  The path looks clear — in plain view, there’s nothing in the way.  But you may find that you still can’t move forward.

It’s because the fear is still in you.  Holding you back.  You need to get it out, be free.  I realize I’m talking about something huge and heavy, something not to be treated casually.

But the basic notion is the same.  Fear lives inside.  You need to get it out.  How, there are ways, some will work better for you than others.  But fear is something we all should aim to purge.

Listen to death metal, don’t kill anyone

Yesterday was one year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting. It’s my theory that these incidents are perpetuating itself. The more media coverage there is (and I’m not advocating that media NOT cover it), the more we think that this CAN happen. The idea gets incubated in mentally unstable people, …