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One thing I've been thinking about lately is what a relief it is to read music. That activity occupies a part of my brain that is normally busy busy busy, and I find making music so useful for turning that part of my mind off for a little while. When I sing the mental chatter dies down, and that silence of mind lets other, deeper, and more communal experience in.

I'm so appreciative of you sharing your experiences here. I think the urge to join in song is a deep part of our humanness - I know it nourishes me - and I love to hear about how communal music-making feeds your spirits.