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The therapy of learning an instrument later in life

Learning an instrument later in life can bring significant improvements in your brain. By later in life I am referring the later in life relating to your brain age, not the years you have walked the earth.

Modern life can trigger and accelerate brain decay and decline. Some examples are to much sugar. People with diabetes are may be at a greater risk for a decline in mental function—brain decay—or dementia. Excessive alcohol intake can severely reduce cognitive function.learning an instrument later in life, guitar learning guitarThese are a couple of samples of possible brain decline, but the one condition that affects us all is age. It is said that Brain decline begins at age 27. I’m not endorsing that learning an instrument later in life is a cure for genetics or modern life, but it can certainly apply the brakes to the process.

As we age, Music lessons can provide and install a valuable defensive line for the brain against memory loss, cognitive decline, and diminished ability to distinguish spoken language These benefits are readily available even if you haven’t blown the cobwebs off your instrument in years. You can even start the brain decline reversal process if you decide to learn an instrument for the very first time in mid­dle age or beyond. When spending hours learning and practicing precise types of motor functions and coordination in addition to reading music and listening all contribute to boosting your brain. This is a very brief synopsis of how learning an instrument in later life can improve decreasing brain function.

learning piano, piano, learning an instrument later in life,Playing a musical instrument requires a broad spectrum of brain activity requiring the cognitive functions to work together hand in hand, utilising both right and left hemispheres of the brain. Playing music is an efficient way to stimulate, re-engage neural connections and subsequently train the brain.

It’s never to late to start learning an instrument later in life. Research has shown that after only six months, those who have participated in music lessons showed gains in memory and recall, better verbal expression, the speed of processing information and various other cognitive functions, compared with those who had not received lessons.

So if your curiosity has been pricked and learning an instrument in later life is something you are contemplating, and tickling the ivories is your passion then Click Here! If your more a strummer and plucker then try then alternatively Click Here! Both offer completely free taster trials. So there really is no reason not to start, not only improving your musical abilities. It is a chance to fortify and build your brainpower.

A Mad Rush to the End of Innocence

A Mad rush to the end of innocence, is in all truth the journey we are all on in unison. From the awakening and starting pistol of birth, the race to the end of our mortal coil is incumbent upon us. Innocence and youth are both readily disposable commodities. When such traits are cast a sunder the onset of adulthood is sickeningly premature. With adulthood comes responsibility. Adolescence is just a brief acquaintance, and a parting gesture this acquaintance introduces you to your saddle. The world of demand and burden awaits. Your grasp on your fleeting childhood has loosened. The beauty of innocence, The joy of not knowing.beauty, mad rush, innocence, childhood, natureThe ability to observe unchallenged the sheer awe and bewilderment of possibility that lay ahead. It is our right of passage that we should be unfettered by sin or moral judgement. It is an extension of the womb in which protection is preserved allowing us to grow unhindered. So why the mad rush to accelerate growth? In women the incessant need to accelerate growth by means of make up and short skirts. In later life the clinging onto an anti ageing elixir. In men to smoke, drink and be sexually prolific. The latter day man worrying about hair loss, lifestyle related diseases and impotence. Why is there a Mad Rush to get to the very end in the swiftest time possible? Of course in whatever gender there are crossover points and neither circumstance is exclusive. But they are all traits of our accelerated modern lives.

Life in a Mad Rush

So what is the music that has shackled me to memories of my own youth, and by default the 3D reality of the tender youth that usurps my own? A mesmeric piano piece by Phillip Glass called Mad Rush. It is the personification of the pace of life. It rises, it descends. It trickles and flows throw the mind with consummate ease. The magic lies in that it caresses your soul draws memory and circumstance from your subconscious. The irony is before you even realise it, this 15 minute piece is over. Time for reflection has passed. That is the majesty of this music, it gently unwraps and exposes your innocence, it chastens you into a recant of childhood. Then its over!

Mad rush to dispose of innocence

Protect the innocence of childhood. Promote and value it. Whether your a parent or relative, or indeed the child in question. Hold on to your youth for as long as you can. beast of burden, mad rushProtect it as if your life depends on it. It goes so quickly and once passed it is non refundable. There is so much time to grow up. When your a beast of burden, that saddle is fastened tight, its construction has a life time guarantee. So a visit to the saddlery is unfortunately a part of the cycle of life. But don’t be jumping the queue to get there.

Music envelopes us. It prompts rich and vivid memories. It can recount pain, bring joy and every emotion in-between. Try today’s music in seclusion. Play it loud, and it still soft to the touch. What Music holds court over your life. We would love to hear.

Charity versus Abundance is perverse at best!

Charity versus Abundance. That’s the conundrum, yet simplistic premise we will explore here. Abundance by its very dictionary definition is, the situation in which there is more than enough of something: So what is the something? Well Its food, shelter and healthcare. The basics of humanity. But millions of people are dependant on these needs being met by gifts of generosity , not necessity when resources clearly exist That is the strange charity versus abundance dilemma.

There is enough food to feed the world. The world produces 17% more food per person today than 30 years ago. But close to a billion people go to sleep hungry every night. That’s the food aspect conclusively highlighted. So now lets look at shelter. According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, there is an estimated 100 million homeless people worldwide.charity versus abundance, charity, abundance, hunger, healthcare, wealth, moneyThis is a startling statistic when you consider how affluent some parts of the world are. There is ample food production and ample resources for shelter. So lets close this factual triangle of human needs against clear surplus by adding healthcare into the melting pot. As I write, over 1/3 of the world population does not have access to the medicines essential to their health and survival. A famous quote encompasses this perfectly ‘The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed’. -Mahatma Gandhi — The music to accompany this blogpost and to support this quote is ‘Every Little thing’ by Peter Doran.

It is therefore clear that our planet is abundant in both food and resources. These resources are as is widely known being aggressively depleted. But as of this moment in time they exist. However in order to disperse these most rudimentary of needs, we need money. So is there an abundance of wealth in the world to facilitate this requirement. Simple answer, Yes! The richest 1% now has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined, according to Oxfam. So by no great calculus, evenly distributed. Whether abundance exists or just adequacy, The wealth is there.

Charity versus Abundance

So lets pass a cursory eye over charity. In its purest form charity is the benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering and aid given to those in need. Well there is a plethora of ‘good causes’ that I can recall from memory, more likely a multitude though! But the key and most troubling term in that whole definition is voluntarily. In every crevice and corner of this planet there lies a cause. But why are we dependant on the generosity of a miniscule proportion of mankind so that we can all receive the most basic of care.

So lets drag ourselves back kicking and screaming to the opening exchange. The deeply unequal equation of Charity versus Abundance. I Am either naïve, or just clinging on to the romantic notion, that we all deserve the bare bones of humanitarian care. If abundance outweighs need. Then why does charity even exist. Its an oxymoron of global proportion. It is painfully evident that the battle of charity versus abundance is perversely one sided.

Every little thing you think that you need

So why was the scribing of this post particularly prevalent now, When there is always loss, desolation, depravation and fear existing in every walk of life everyday.charity versus abundance, every little thing, peter doranWell I live on an virtual intravenous drip of music every single day of my existence. Its my lifeforce if you like. I can draw emotion, purpose and understanding in every aspect of my life from it. The music that inspired this post was no epic ‘earth song’, no triumphant ‘feed the world’. Its a little acoustic ditty about what you have is enough, and what you want is not necessarily what you need. Its a beautiful basic song suitably repetitive in verse and chorus, that just pokes the neurons into a deliberative state. ‘Every Little thing’ by Peter Doran. Dwell on the song a while. It applies to most of us.

What music spikes your philosophical musings. Music that taps deep into your psyche, and makes images and memories flash from your sub-conscious to this moment it time. We’d love to know?

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