For the Sufi, purification and enlightenment came through the heart. The heart was described as the most virtuous organ and the symbolic center of man’s existence and the feeling of love felt through the heart was accepted as the key of being aware of the existence of the Creator. This was an educational approach to music. Sufi music was used as a means of training for ideal perfection, which also meant becoming harmonious with oneself. Man, being accepted as the symbol of the universal creation, was described and evaluated as a micro-cosmos. It was believed that all the characteristics of the universe were awarded to man by the Creator. Therefore, the ultimate aim of music was to attain freedom of the self (nefs), so as to reach his/her soul to the divine origin.


Cantar nutre el cerebro infantil. La voz, el primer instrumento musical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parece como si los adultos necesitaramos siempre argumentos sobre la utilidad de las cosas para dar valor a lo que en sí mismo es valioso. Pero dado que estamos inmersos en un mundo tan rápido y que va descartando lo que desde siempre ha nutrido el rico mundo infantil (los juegos, los cuentos,las canciones …), merece la pena conocer qué dice la ciencia sobre los efectos de cantar en los niños pequeños.

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Mood-Altering Messenger Goes Nuclear

Serotonin is best known for its role as a chemical messenger in the brain, helping to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, and many other functions. It exerts these influences by binding to its receptor on the surface of neural cells. But startling new work suggests the impact of serotonin does not end there: the molecule also can enter a cell’s nucleus and directly switch on genes. 

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Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music.

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How listening to music ‘significantly impairs’ creativity


Summary: The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music ‘significantly impaired’ people’s ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity — but there was no effect for background library noise.

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