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There is a lot going on in the world right now with police/racial reform, a global pandemic, and lets not forget about climate change as this is suppose to be one of the more active major storm seasons. All of these things can be pretty daunting which result in an array of emotional stress. This can lead to depression, anxiety, anger and even feelings of despair. Art is in expression of emotion and it’s important to see, hear, and experience it in its many forms.

In addition to expressing emotion, music is an art form that can be therapeutic and healing. There are many forms of music therapy that serve as a release mentally, physically, and even spiritually. Recently, RZA of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, released a guided meditation EP: Guided Exploration, in which you are taken on a daily journey to release the mind of creative blocks and inspire creativity. In 2019, Jhené Aiko released Trigger Protection Mantra, a track intended to relax the listener. Give it a listen below to ease your mind while digesting the rest of this article.

The UK electronic trio Above & Beyond released a series called Flow State Meditations which contains spoken word to guide your meditation over music by the trio. You can find the series hosted in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic. This project was intended to help people ease their minds during these often difficult times.

Even the Dalai Lama is dropping an album for his 85th born day on July 6th. The world is in need of healing and although there is no cure for the pain many of us are enduring, we do have music to lift up our spirits. In addition to the music, many popular artists are holding live stream wellness events with guided meditation, yoga, and more. Music has the power to touch millions of people and more are using this vessel as a way to heal the masses. We won’t necessarily need club bangers for a while, might as well get your Zen on.

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