Soothing the Savage Beast

In 1697, William Congreve wrote a play “The Mourning Bride.”  The line, “Music has charms to soothe the savage beast,” came from this. Over the centuries, even though William Congreve has been forgotten, his memorable line continues to live on.

My vet recently said she plays soothing classical instrumental music when they are performing surgery on the animals. She said all the animals are very peaceful before, during and after surgery. If the music is changed, the animals become anxious.

My puppy is proof of this. When I had to leave him alone in the house, he grew anxious and desperate. In an effort to help him calm down, I set up a play list of soothing Celtic hymns. It works like a charm. When I return a few hours later, he peacefully greets me with a big wagging tail.

So does this also work for children? My wise friend Cammie volunteered in the church nursery, where some babies were especially fussy. She brought a small i-pod full of peaceful classical music. She set the volume so all the babies could hear it softly playing. Within a few minutes, all the fussing stopped. The babies sat peacefully playing, or sleeping. From that time on we called her, “The baby whisperer.”

Yes, it works for babies, but does it work for older children? I knew my own kids needed a quiet place to get their schoolwork done. I selected several types of instrumental classical CDs for them to use. Some were piano concertos, classical guitar, movie sound tracks and great symphonies. They were able to focus on their homework, and finished with greater accuracy. Whenever a child was first to complete the Math homework, he had the honor of choosing the next CD. Needless to say, they were all motivated to complete their homework as fast as possible.

When in your busy daily routine, does your child need a peaceful break? Whenever you see your child is stressing, you could take a stress-break by playing some soothing music.

In our busy lifestyle, our kids can get stressed by running from event to event. If you play classical music as you rush off to the next event, it will help your child to calm down as he emotionally transitions from one activity to another.

If your child has trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, try playing a soothing album on repeat throughout the night. (Be sure to eliminate any songs that are too loud or jarring, they could wake him up!)

This doesn’t just work for kids, it also works for teens and adults.

Please reply to share your success stories.




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