Isn’t it funny, the cycles we go through? The burning desire to dedicate ourselves completely to an idea. Something that we know and implicitly trust is destined to come through us and be released into the human world.
A few years ago, for me, this unwavering obsession was research into a palliative approach to dementia care. From what I found in the research those living with dementia, and their loved ones were crying out for a palliative approach to care, after all, dementia IS a terminal condition even though they may live with it for many more years. But as hard as I looked? I couldn’t find a single palliative approach!
So I created a music therapy program, designed to bring entire family’s together. To celebrate the musical timeline from across the life of their loved one, living with dementia. A way of celebrating their life through their music, with storytelling, togetherness and lots of laughs and tears along the way. The project was good, the results were incredible! And I went on to present my research at The International Dementia Conference. As well as the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive therapies that same year.
And then, once I was done, the obsession passed. Gone. Kaput.
But then it was Brains = Behaviours.
I became completely fixated, knowing that I could somehow contribute to a change in our cultural narrative. That I could help shift the outdated obsession on behavioural management and instead be a guide towards supporting the brain.
After all, music is the most activating stimulus a brain can receive. So as a music therapist, this was my perfect niche.
And bloody hell I worked hard on it! And it worked! Brains = Behaviours is now a solid resource available the world over, and I couldn’t be happier. But also? I couldn’t recreate B=B now if I tried! Because once that obsession was complete I was called to the next idea. Oh My Musical Goodness, and then onto the next idea, The Brain Care Café.
But right now, I am finding myself coming full circle. Being pulled back to what started it all – the very reason I became a music therapist!
And that is the healing power of music, in its truest form. With singing bowls and voices. With toning and ringing. Right now I have multiple ideas constantly downloading one after the other – each giving deeper context and shape to the idea before it. This idea is formed, and it feels very comfortable and at home in me.
2020 for me is the year of 40 and the year of re-member my voice and my music.
And I’m loving that I can share it with you. Because the plan is to help you remember your own voice and your own music. Gosh, it’s good!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍