Is music important to you? Checkout this excerpt from Dr. Daniel G Amen’s email.


Science has shown that your brain loves music. Your brain actually lights up like the night sky on the 4th of July when you listen to music. 

It is one of the easiest activities that you can do to stimulate every part of the brain. 

Research has shown that music can improve sleep, enhance mood, foster learning, help manage stress, and strengthen memory. It’s even been shown to reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and even physical pain.

From babies in the womb to seniors, music has powerful benefits for everyone.

  • Mozart improves the intellectual and creative development of children from the very youngest of ages, according to a study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
  • Music can even help dementia patients recall memories and emotions, according to a study by Music and Memory.


I am curious what playlist you are into right now. As I have shared before, I have never played an instrument. Growing up, I didn’t see music as part of my identity, I was more of a follower about my music choices, but occasionally I was selective about using music for motivation. Just like you though, I can hear a certain song and I am instantly transported back to certain moments of my life.

So, what are you into these days?

For the past year and a half, I’ve been using music as a thinking and meditation partner every day. Here is what my playlist has been.

For several months, I was WAY into Adele. I had a radio station app and found a station out of Stockholm that only plays Adele songs. My kids made me give it up when I started responding to them in Swedish.

The above excerpt was a set up for purchasing Brain Warrior’s Way by Barry Goldstein on iTunes. I went for it. There are 10 songs which I have worn out.

My typical routine is to listen to meditation music in the morning. Sometimes it is Christian meditation, although I have to navigate around the ones that read scripture during the music because it makes it difficult to concentrate on writing. I have listened to tons of Zen meditation music in the mornings. For the past several weeks I have been into Indian and Native American flute music. (Listening to THIS right now.)

Having teenagers is a great excuse for keeping up with the popular music of the day. They help me keep all of the bands straight.

In the afternoons, I switch to what I will call Epic music. Think of the background music from the most epic scenes of an action movie. You should try it out when you are doing a mundane task like grocery shopping. Put your earbuds in and quietly smile. No one else has to know you are being filmed for an action movie scene. Who knew finding rice and beans could be so exciting?

It’s great to be a music nerd. The immense variety of music reminds me of the power of imagination and creativity. Trying out new music is a simple way to practice choosing new thoughts for different results in life.

Let me know what play list you have going.




Rick Burris


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