Using language responsibly


Hello to you. It's been a bit since my last blog as I've been working hard on a local festival. I'm publishing this after the festival has finished because there are a couple of areas I'd like to discuss with those of you that drop by.

Gentle Haven Music Web Design, Words, Healing

For those of you who may be looking for musician tips, this posting will still be applicable to your life. It will just seem like a bit of a deviation this week.

When I was growing up, my family used to say: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me."

Let me tell you that that phrase is full of hooey! Anybody over the age of 10 knows that words can be used as weapons or they can be used as bandages.

When we use our words like weapons, negative consequences occur. The bible in Proverbs 15:1 says: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." This is fairly self-explanatory and I'm sure you can think of a good example of this. Perhaps something that happened today!

But, I would like to talk about the effects our bodies have when we use harsh words towards others or ourselves.

Did you know that your body produces a natural hormone called cortisol? Cortisol is a very effective short-term response to a perceived or real threat. However, when your body is continuously producing this hormone, it can cause numerous health issues including anxiety and depression.

Let me bring this back to music for a bit. When we listen to soothing, inspiring music, our hearts begin to feel like they're healing. I dealt with that topic in my last blog.

When we listen to music that is violent, degrading, or just plain annoying, our minds and bodies react to it. There's no getting around that fact.

Our blood pressure increases, our muscles tighten, and we experience a cortisol moment. Look at what happens when emotions become unmanageable and violence occurs.