Poetic Justice 

My favorite pieces:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility. - Khalil Gibran

Do not let the world turn the sweetness of you smile into sour tones that hang out with ugly words. Do not give the bad you've seen the power to plant darkness in the soil of your soul. Do not let that ugly past hold the beauty that lives in your future hostage. - Pierre Alex Jeanty

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams it learned 2 breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no on else ever cared! - Tupac Shakur

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, and some style - Maya Angelou

How Music Is Proven to Heal Pain

My Top 5 List:

1. Tupac 

2. J. Cole 

3. Kendrick Lamar

By Gracie Ramirez

Sound is vibration, music is medication! Music is a universal language that speaks to people in ways that sometimes words cannot. Connecting individuals with different backgrounds, music is something that can create a unit of healing for a large scale of diverse beings. Often times when we are feeling a specific emotion, we will listen to a song that matches our frequency. For example, speaking for myself, if I am feeling totally hyped, I’m going to bump the “New Level (remix)” by A$AP Ferg. In other cases, when I’m feeling a little down, I might shift and listen to that new Jhene Aiko. When we listen to music, our brain releases dopamine, a feel good chemical that affects perception, emotion, and movement. 

Music is actually used to heal mental illnesses! Music therapy is proven as effective and as an independent treatment to reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Music also has positive effects on your physical health such as reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels. All of these can be at a high rate when experiencing things such as anxiety and high stress levels. If you find yourself in this situation, listen to a song or artist that’ll help you relax. This can range from anything between some smooth jazz, R&B, or even blues. Whatever works for you might be different for someone else! Find your sound and let it move you. 

Moreover, the lyrics you are digesting will also adjust your thought process. Positive and prosocial lyrics are proven to increase positive thought, empathy, and overall behavior. If you are intaking a lyric that reads “You are not alone,” that itself is proven to help a significant amount of people that needed to hear just that. This lyric can help create a sense of relief in a time of doubt. According to Harvard Medical School, “Music therapy decreases pain perception, reduces the amount of pain medication needed, helps relieve depression in pain patients, and gives them a sense of better control over their pain.”

What ever your music taste and style is, you are likely to adjust the sound you’re listening to according to your current mental state. Let yourself feel the current emotion you are encountering with the positive vibrations sound brings. It will help you feel connected, wholesome, and harmonized.

Lean on music when feeling a lack of control, it is proven to help create a safe space. Indulge in the beauty music can unmask within, you might be surprised by the internal strength you will find.

4. Lil Wayne 

5. A$AP ROCKY

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