A New and Improved Form of Brainwashing
Our brains become polluted throughout the day. We may start the day in a good mood, but then we live life.
The kids won’t eat what you made for breakfast. The traffic is horrible. Maybe there’s not enough money to pay the bills. The list goes on with things that disturb the peace.
Our brains and our minds start to feel clogged from trying to deal with an overload of stress. It becomes more difficult to cope as the day wears on.
If we add the 24/7 news feed to this cycle we might start to feel overwhelmed by stress. War. Pandemic. Deaths. Crime. Illness. Suffering. All over the world. It’s relentless.
By the time I’ve figured out what to make for dinner, cooked, served and eaten it, I feel like my brain is fried.
I stumbled upon a way to wash, rinse and repeat the crud that accumulates in my brain. I call it brainwashing, but it’s not torture.
This is the traditional definition of brainwashing:
Brainwashing (also known as mind control, menticide, coercive persuasion, thought control, thought reform, and…
All you need is music. Using headphones seems to result in a deeper clean.
I started riding a stationary bicycle in the basement after the gyms were closed due to the global pandemic. I put my AirPods in my ears, and shuffle the music in my library.
I sing at the top of my lungs even though I know it sounds horrible. I’m in the basement, so I don’t care.
The music seems to seep into my bones through my ears.
Dave Matthews. Sheryl Crow. Bill Withers. Pink Floyd. Bruce Springsteen. They all sing to me. We sing together.
When I finish pedaling for 10–30 minutes, I leave the music in my ears. I get off the bike, do some stretches and standing exercises, maybe dance a little depending on the song.
I am still listening as I walk upstairs, change into my slippers, and clean the kitchen.
I continue to sing and dance because I don’t care who sees and it feels good.
“Music is the medicine of the mind.” John A. Logan
This is how I wash my brain. Try it. We are living in times of unprecedented stress.