“No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
As we think of our life being one large canvas upon which we splatter or carefully construct experiences, I’m sure we may conjure up images of danger, the people involved, and the results. What would you call the “danger zone?” Is it Tom Cruise’s version in the movie Top Gun when you’re at the top of your game, making it happen, skirting the danger zone with the motivating song “Danger Zone?”
Or is it a danger zone of emotions bottled up, either consciously (suppression) or unconsciously (repression). This danger zone is the invisible kind where our past negative experiences influence current and future conditions – unless you neutralize the negative emotional triggers from those past experiences.
So let’s find out if you’re in a danger zone right now. How do you resonate with “Soldiers” by Otherwise? Notice the energy that the music triggers within you. Do you want to fight, sink into depression, or escape (a danger zone)?
When our thoughts and experiences are bombarded with negativity ~ frustrations, anger, anxiety, disappointment, loss ~ we may so immerse ourselves in those “danger zone” experiences that we want to fight, sink into, or escape. Fighting can be effective – or not. Spiraling into depression can be injurious. And escaping may be effective – or not.
Just this week, someone close to me mentioned a horrifying thought that he had been subjected to, which got into my head quickly – and immediately I was confronted with fighting it, sinking into depression or escaping it. Instead I instantly refuted it, then worked diligently to remove the image as that was NOT what I desired in my life, nor to be projected into someone else’s life. I did not fight or escape: I dealt with it immediately.
There is an unseen protective force that can capture our attention to refute negative information or experiences with the invisible energy of a workout – using words, faith, physical activity or music that help deal with life’s events in a healthy way. I wonder what ways you have found to deal effectively with danger zones. It’s all about working out our mind, body and spirit to be ready – positively – for anything.
Music is one tool that can workout our mindset to be ready – instantly. Music mood sequencing is an important way to diminish or neutralize past or current danger zones in our mood and mind which can directly affect our body and spirit. Used wisely and purposefully, music can fuel the fire of frustrations then diminish dire thoughts. “Soldiers” by Otherwise is an important song to consider in this mood sequence.
The Music 4 Life® Radio show on January 25, 2017 explores mental health danger zones with host Judith Pinkerton, LPMT, MT-BC, a licensed music therapist and founder of Music 4 Life® with guest Holly Davis, MA, CPCI, mental health counselor and life coach with Good Medicine Ranch.
This radio show’s music choices address mental health danger zones and opens discussions about what music from all genres will support shifting out of danger zones. Listen to the show to learn how to use these music selections.
Let the Bodies Hit the Floor by Drowning Pool
Allegro from Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich
Say Something by A Great Big World
Hidden Song by Staind
Liquid Mind series by Chuck Wild
When You Believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
Learn more about your music listening habits keeping you in or out of the danger zone, watching the “Music Powers Potential” video. Plug in to yourself differently with music at the core, feeling the connection within your central nervous system. When you push play on music, find out how the music is really playing you. Listen to 66 more podcasts downloadable from iTunes Music 4 Life® Radio Show. Access Order Up Your Life’s User Guide for this month’s theme music recommendations.
If you find it difficult to get out of the mental health danger zone, it could be your listening habits need to be explored to identify what will diffuse emotional tension keeping you stuck in anxiety, anger, depression or sadness. Take the self-assessment at Music4Life.us to understand your emotional shape and learn which music medicine cds might help reduce emotional tension.
– Judith Pinkerton, LPMT, MT-BC, Founder, Music 4 Life®