Day 25. Nelson Mandela reminds us of the power of music during lockdown

While the news headlines are flooded with reports of the Covid-19 virus deaths and dwindling economies, there is something new and exciting in the air.

The world is also having fun

Over the weekend there was a global feast of music and messages broadcast all over the world. The TV program ‘One World: Together at home’, featured the celebrities and the world’s best musicians, bringing us music from their homes – just as they are.

Coming from their hearts, they all brought messages of hope, love, compassion and solidarity. Celebrities from all walks of life brought messages of thanks and appreciation for our medical staff, emergency services and staff who are risking their health to keep essential services open and functioning.

Natural and authentic

What was most exciting, is that there was no special dressing up, now make-up artist, no special lighting effects or choreography, no special cameras crews, no directors or sound engineers.  Each person made the best of what they had at their disposal. A computer, iPhone or everyday cellphone had to do. Absent were all the massive stadiums, extravaganzas and thousands of people buying tickets at astronomical prices.

It was all available – free.

For once, maybe in our lifetime, the world is seeing the honesty, truth and authenticity of humanity in its natural form – and it’s touching the heart… Above all the doom and gloom we are currently experiencing – a new energy is emerging. People are opening their hearts , minds and homes.

The world is opening up during lockdown – just imagine!

Reports

At the same time, the headlines are also flooded with news of people taking the initiative to bring positive energy to their circumstances. Trumpet calls from the mountain tops, music in the cities, people organizing exercises from their balconies in small Italian villages, checking in with neighbors you’ve never met before, over the wall that’s always divided you. Everything is happening, while keeping social distance and staying safe.

How can the world ever be the same again?

Nelson Mandela and fun  

During a visit to Robben Island, one of the prison guides, who spent time with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, also told us of the role of music, singing and fun in of prison.

The inmates were all sentenced to life imprisonment. Our guide explained how they sang heart-moving songs, especially when the sun went down, to make life more bearable. Just imagine these voices echoing through the cold cells and prison corridors.

Nelson Mandela’s remark echoes the heart-moving power of such actions.

 “It was a useful reminder that all men, even the most  seemingly cold-blooded, have a core of decency, and that if their heart is touched, they are capable of changing.”
Nelson Mandela

One of the well-remembered images is Madiba laughing, dancing and singing on the stage. Not only with children but with different people, cultures and at different events all over the world. The once branded terrorist left us a legacy of the power of fun, music and dance. Most of all – he had an infectious sense of humor that brought a smile to faces every time he shared one of his anecdotes. About fun Madiba said:

‘Although I am a gregarious person – I still prefer my solitude.’ Nelson Mandela

Benefits of music, fun and laughter

Fun, laughter, music and celebration have many psychological and spiritual benefits. For one, it alleviates stress as many happy hormones like Serotonin and other endorphins, are released that alleviate stress. Madiba explained how different inmates reacted differently, not only to the stress of prison life, but also to the death penalty that hang over their heads. He explained how they helped each other.

 “Men have different capacities and react differently to stress. But the stronger ones raised up the weaker ones, and both became stronger in the process,”
 Nelson Mandela

This is what is currently happening – on a global scale. Another benefit of music, love, fun and laughter is that it counterbalances, fear and anxiety.

The only fear – is fear itself

All people experience fear and anxiety at some or other stage in their lives. Some people even live with this fear-energy most of their lives. However, most people have a natural tendency to rise above difficult circumstances. Fun, laughter, singing, dancing and music are just a few of the ways to overcome negativity and fear while setting a new baseline of hope, love, prosperity  and compassion.

Music, fun and laughter touches the heart. Very few people are immune to this powerful force. The reason is: For the moment you experience happiness, fun, beautiful music, inspiring messages, you get transferred to a next level.

Rising above fear

For a moment – sometimes just for a moment – you transported to another level and you forget about what is happening on the lower levels of physicality and negativity. Something new then creeps in through the cracks in your consciousness. You’ve opened yourself to a possible alternative to counterbalance worry, fear, anxiety, loss and pain. You’ve also opened yourself to new exciting possibilities.  

The creative, innovative higher mind, flourishes on happiness. When we wallow in self-pity fear and anxiety, we block the supply of these creative juices. We have the power to stop this and turn the process around.

Opening your heart for answers

The reason is: Fear and negativity come from the head. Negativity, worry and fear are all thoughts that creep into your life, uninvited. They usually remind you of the ‘worst case scenario’. If you entertain these thoughts, they’ll permanently move in with you and they’ll multiply.

 But – there is a flipside to this coin.

It’s the ‘what’s if’ side. Just imagine all the wonderful new possibilities that could come from this different point of view. The way to open the door is – have fun. Fun, music, laughter that comes from the heart, is a powerful force that can create miracles.  

For today: dance, sing, listen to music, make music, create fun experiences. This is an exciting and creative way of coping with the punches life is throwing. Instead of complaining, worry, fear and anxiety – celebrate!

Celebration is a form a gratitude. Celebrate whenever you can. Dance, music, singing, and fun are all forms of celebration and of gratitude.

The solution is to start with self. Nelson Mandela said:

 “Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”
Nelson Mandela

To do list

Here are a few ideas to help you on this path:

  • Do you feel sorry for yourself? Why?
  • How long do you give yourself to feel sorry or feel the pain, loss and anxiety, before you pick yourself up?
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • How do you intend lifting yourself above current circumstances?
  • What do you have to be grateful for?
  • What would you like to celebrate?
  • Do you play a music instrument? When lst did you play?
  • How are you using your gift of music to lift the spirits of others?
  • How can you have some healthy fun – right now?
  • Create a celebration – even if it’s all on your own
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