Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The power of music - and the illusion of control

Sometimes the difference between listless and inspired is just a song.

Sometimes it's downright scary how much a piece of music can influence the mood. One minute I'm sitting around wondering if inspiration will ever strike again, and the next minute a familiar piece of music just seems to open the floodgates.

It's scary because it reminds me again how control is an illusion. We think we have complete mastery on our moods, desires, and actions but we can be swayed by a flower in the breeze. Up to a point, we're really creatures of our circumstances & surroundings.

But it's also good to turn it around. Since the effect does not diminish with wilful intent, setting the right tone is often the way out of the blues. Just like the body follows the mind, the mind can be tricked into following the body.

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