Music and a little dancing make good medicine

I love the way this performance brought people together- the musicians, dancers, visitors, hospital staff and patients. You can feel the joy they created in a place that always needs it.

A surprise flashmob

Social media created the concept of  “flash mobs” although I haven’t seen as many of them posted lately. This one from 2013 is still my favorite.

I guess surprise is characteristic of a  flashmob, but this one  happened in an unexpected place-a hospital-and illustrates what this blog is all about-exploring and promoting the heart of health.

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Who was Hadassah?

The Hadassah Hospital  in Jerusalem is named for an Old Testament Bible character, Hadassah, whose name was later changed to Esther. Among the 66 books in the Bible,  Esther is one of only two books named for women; the other is Ruth.

The story of Esther is one of the epic dramas of the Bible, full of intrigue, conflict, conspiracy, danger,risk, betrayal, discrimination and ultimate justice. As the Queen of Persia, Esther faced the choice of risking her life to save others.  The story is so engaging that it has been dramatized in movies. (There is even a Veggie Tales version.)

You can read the whole story here- The Book of Esther 

Who was Tchaikovsky?

The music in the video is  The Waltz of the Flowers  by famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky . If you’ve ever attended a performance of The Nutcracker during the Christmas season, you will recognize it. 

I love the way this performance brought  people together- the musicians, dancers, visitors, hospital staff and  patients. You can feel the joy they created in a place that always needs it.

You can tell that some of the patients here are seriously ill. Perhaps they felt a sense of hope and peace and for a few moments forgot the reason they were there. Music can be therapeutic and I believe it was that day.

Learn about Music as medicine from the American Psychological Association

sharing the HEART of health in music

Dr Aletha

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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