2017年11月13日 星期一

喜樂充滿你

Joy Of Happiness

這首歌的誕生,沿由於2015年南區支持小組音樂治療工作坊的舉行。那一連數次的工作坊展現了病人無窮的創作力,及他們對生命的抱負和執著。當天工作坊的情形仍歷歷在目。

我們是次工作坊的主題是"快樂"。我們先聽過與快樂相關的歌曲,也彼此分享。在創作當中- 我們分享到甚麼事情會讓我們覺得"快樂"。討論期間病人分享能享受一息空氣,清晨陽光的美麗已是"快樂",有義工分享和家人相聚的珍貴。。。奇怪的是,許多參與者不約而同的認為最快樂就是透過康恩認識主耶穌,這是好得無比的禮物。其他病人不單未有反感,反而問及主耶穌和信仰的問題。。。他們說道,我們豈不都有從神而來的"喜樂"嗎? 我們擁有的"快樂"已超越快樂,成為永恆的"喜樂"了!

不久之後,一些義工和病人相聚傾談歌詞,認真的作出修訂,過程中也分享到自己對生命和信仰的點滴。他們提到,他們看到彼此支持鼓勵的重要性,更從詩歌創作中對生命有新的感受。

詩歌創作後,病人和義工勇敢地在康恩的晚會裡獻唱,當中有病人已數年來沒有晚上駕車外出活動,亦有病人感動流淚。。。當晚會眾,醫生,義工們都一起唱頌這首歌,場面感動。現在此曲彷彿成為支持小組的主題曲,一再在支持小(組),開放日,各聚會中反覆唱詠。

病人告訴我,他從未想過自己會這麼喜歡音樂,更從未想過能將自己最希望傳遞的訊息以一首歌送給親朋。現在他會更積極面對人生,傳遞福音。

現在從詩歌創作,修訂,錄影,獻唱,直至現在詩歌的錄製,都看到病人對詩歌中訊息的重視。
病人和義工們借此詩歌告(訴)大家他們最珍貴的禮物- 天父主耶穌- 盼望你也能明白他們的心聲。

願喜樂也一樣充滿你!
共勉之

註冊音樂治療師
Hanna Tsoi

Reflections

Reflections 

Its been quite a few years since I've started my work at Oncology and palliative care alongside with other work. I could still remember the calling of working in this field during my masters study, with the voice saying, "be with them, it will be much needed". I simply followed it and never expected it to be such an amazing journey.


It has never been easy. Yes, the work is not just about rainbows and butterflies. Singing and playing music at bedside with the patients and families, or having time together was just an intervention. From seeing patients at home to being at hospital, there were many moments that I recall families with desperate faces, in need of support right in the moment. After work at my volunteer work CanCare, there were many urgent moments of people calling and seeking for help...



Nevertheless, in hopelessness and desperation, it is very rewarding to be a company. To walk together. It is most rewarding seeing families recall the moments- yet still rejoicing in the time of suffering. There were numerous families expressing the need of support with those few lines of music. It is most important seeing families grasping what's important, remembering and believing. I myself have also been moved by music as an expression.

With the circumstances I've been through, It really reminds me how to truly walk in light. How to make your life count. How to truly live a life that He lives. Do things that matters to you. Live every moment well.
Thanks my great friend...it's been a year. It was one of the toughest years I've been through... seeing you go through so many treatments. However, you've taught me so much and I'll continue to remember the way you have walked the tough journey. You were so strong in faith despite of the circumstances. You had such positivity and joy. Most importantly, you consider others' faith and eternity more than anything else. We will continue the way you loved others. Words cannot express more, but I love you so much 
Even though it's a tough journey, it has been a very rewarding life journey. I cannot thank more of my families and friends, as well as the very special someone walking alongside with me.

"I will rejoice. In every season
I have a reason to sing,
I have a reason to worship."
- Desert Song

May music continue to speak the melody of life for many.
Keep rejoicing. 2017 
Many blessings ahead.

Mental Health and Music Therapy

Dear all,

It's been a while! I just want to note the benefits of music therapy and mental health!
Music is essential for mental health , knowing music is accessible anytime, anywhere.
It could connect souls and minds at mind for many times.

- Australian Music Therapy association

Please have a look below for more information: 
https://au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-use-music-for-mental-health

2016年12月18日 星期日

Rest and Balancing :)



These few months it's been hecticly busy, with new work and new clients! However, I have come to realise the importance of balancing my life with work. Doing something you like as work can be so satisfying and tempting to constantly think about work and make it constantly on my mind. I have set a few things for myself, hope it's helpful for yourself as well!

1. Make time - you can't produce time, but you can make time. Spare time to do certain things
2. Prioritize - First things first, one thing at a time. Things can all happen at the same time but you can do them one by one as well!
3. Do something not related to work - something completely out of it - it can produce different energies in your mind!
4. Rest - Rest as much as you need, you don't realise how much rest you need! Rest somewhere without any distractions - a bubble bath, a jog, a walk in the bushes/ nature, somewhere out of the crowds....
5. Well-Being - Have a balanced lifestyle of well being - think about what you need to do

Cancare news


5 Things You Need to Know About Music Therapy

5 Things You Need to Know About Music Therapy

from music bridges
http://www.musicalbridgesmt.com/2014/02/10/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-music-therapy/ 

never heard of it before.” If you are one of the people who are unaware of what music therapy is, here are 5 things you need to know which will help answer that question! Music therapy has been gaining much more publicity with social media so why not add another source to the list 🙂
So here is the scoop…

1. Music Therapy is an Accredited Health Care Profession
Music therapy has been an accredited profession since the 1950s, however most people are not aware of this. When most people think of therapists their minds go to the classic Freudian psychologist, speech therapists, occupational therapists or physical therapists. Music therapists should also be considered in this list as we are similar to the other therapies in that we work towards non-musical goals, provide documentation towards progress, are well educated in the areas of music and psychology, accredited and certified to practice, and often times we can co-treat alongside other therapies to help you achieve quicker and better results. Currently, there are around 5,000 board certified music therapists working in the United States. Each one has completed at least an undergraduate degree in music therapy, has completed a required 1,040 hour internship and passed the national board certification exam required by our professional organization in order to practice. In addition to this, our profession requires continuing education to keep this certification, so we are constantly improving ourselves to benefit you! So remember, if your music therapist doesn’t have the credentials of MT-BC (Music Therapist, Board Certified) then they are not a true music therapist.
 2. You DON’T Have to Be a Musician to Benefit!
I have had countless participants express to me at the beginning of a session, “I’m not a musician so I don’t know how good I’ll be”, or “I can only play the radio”.  The truth of the matter is, music therapists strive to make sessions non-musician proof, meaning that we want you to have a successful musical experience and be fully involved even if you have no idea how to play a note. More often than not we are actually working with people who do not consider themselves musicians. If you are one of these people I encourage you to consider that you actually ARE a musician! Everyone has an inherent rhythm which is our living, breathing, physical body. Every part of you is made up of millions of tiny rhythms all working together, from our hearts all the way down to our cells. In music therapy the therapist works with you to successfully create music and be a part of a powerful musical experience even if you have never had any formal musical training.
 3. Music Therapy Can Benefit ALL Populations (Even Healthy People!)
One of my favorite observations is when I work in the hospital treating cancer patients while they receive chemotherapy. I enter the room and it is mostly quiet with only the sounds of beeping and televisions buzzing from the patients barricading themselves off from their surroundings. How quickly the atmosphere changes once music is introduced! Before you know it everyone in the room is focusing on the music, interacting with those around them, smiling, relaxing and even the staff gets involved by singing along and participating in discussions. Not only am I treating the patients, but their loved ones and the staff are receiving benefits as well. That is one of the unique characteristics of music therapy… everyone around is effected and can benefit, even if they are not the targeted patient being treated. Music has the power to express when words cannot be found, guide when there is no sight, uplift when the spirit is broken, teach when one struggles to be taught and so much more. I have yet to find a population that music therapy cannot aid in treating.
 4. Music is a Whole Brain Process
The crazy thing with music and the brain is that no one area of the brain processes music alone. There are so many different aspects of music that even if half of your brain is removed you will still respond and be able to decipher it to some extent because both hemispheres play a part in musical processing. This is why music therapy is so effective with victims of brain injuries. Music very often can bypass where the injury is and lead to new connections aiding in recovery or relearning. In addition, memories of music are also stored throughout your brain, not just one localized section. Have you ever witnessed someone with dementia finish an entire chorus of a song with just a few notes reintroduced? I do almost every day! Try it on yourself! Just by hearing a few notes of a song you haven’t heard in years you will be surprised how much of the song you can continue to sing. Long story short, our brains are heavily influenced by music and there are connections to music throughout them making it a great therapy especially when a neurological impairment has occurred.
5. Music Therapy is Very Effective… We Have Research!
There are countless publications in the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives the two largest periodical collections put forth by our organization, AMTA (The American Music Therapy Association). You can find numerous studies and abstracts simply by searching Google or visiting the AMTA website (click the link to access bibliographies for specific populations). So why is music therapy so effective? There are many reasons, in fact too many to get into in this post, but consider #4 as mentioned above, the fact that nearly everyone on the planet enjoys music to some extent, music is fun and non-invasive which always helps with motivation, and it has the ability to affect us physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. The best part is that music therapy can affect all of these things at the same time!