25 Songs To Rock You Back To Balance This Season

Chara Caruthers
25 Songs To Rock You Back To Balance This Season

I've got a question for ya -- what's your favorite song? So now my question is ...Why?

Chances are it has something to do with how it makes you feel, am I right? And that's because sounds have an amazing power to influence our mental, emotional and physical experience of living. So it's really no surprise that music is one of the most powerful mood enhancers out there.

Music as Medicine

Shabda chikitsa (or sound therapy) is one of the healing modalities of Ayurveda, the ancient science of living. It recognizes that sound has a profound impact on our thoughts and moods, just as much as any food, herb or exercise. And whether you're feeling anxious, angry, foggy, irritated or depressed, there's a song (or twenty five) out there that can bring you back to center and help you find your joy. Just ask anyone who's ever made or listened to a mix tape!

What Does Balance ‘Sound’ Like?

Ayurvedic therapies focus on addressing imbalances of the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) whose influences rise and fall with the changing seasons. Summer season is associated with pitta dosha. It's hot, sharp, acidic, and intense, and can leave us feeling that way too! Creating summertime harmony (inside and out) is a matter of balancing these qualities with foods, activities and information that are calm and cooling (i.e. hot + cold = Balance).

The musical prescription to balance the intensity and heat of summer is a playlist of cool jams that slow you down without putting you to sleep…something that'll keep things at a calm and comfortable simmer while you relax poolside.

Here's my summertime pitta playlist. A musical “antacid” if you will. Enjoy!

  1. Commodores – Easy
  2. Otis Redding – [!sittin!] The Dock Of The Bay
  3. John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change
  4. Ben Harper – She's Only Happy In The Sun
  5. Norah Jones – Don't Know Why
  6. Stan Getz – The Girl from Ipanema
  7. Emiliana Torrini – Sunny Road
  8. Ray LaMontagne – Be Here Now
  9. Stan Getz – Corcovado - Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
  10. Al Green – Let's Stay Together
  11. Harry Nilsson – Everybody's Talkin'
  12. Zero 7 – In the Waiting Line
  13.  Al Green – Love And Happiness
  14. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
  15. Bebel Gilberto – Samba Da Bencao
  16. Eagles – Hotel California
  17. Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
  18. Jack Johnson – Imagine
  19. Sade – Flow
  20. Jill Scott – A Long Walk
  21. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
  22. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  23. Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
  24. Cowboy Junkies – Blue Moon Revisited
  25. Morcheeba – The Sea

Oh, and I haven't forgotten the southern hemisphere dwellers (especially since I fall into that category). Down here we're mid-winter coming up against the heavy, dull and cold influence of Kapha dosha.

The musical prescription for winter is something that should get you up outta your seat and keep you moving and shaking around the room, and songs that will brighten your mood and warm your heart. So here's another 25 songs to keep you light, bright and connected this winter season. (Excuse me while I bust a move!)

  1. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
  2. Labrinth – Express Yourself
  3. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  4. The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  5. Journey – Don't Stop Believin'
  6. The Isley Brothers – Shout
  7. Will Smith – Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can't Hold Us - feat. Ray Dalton
  9. Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  10. Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
  11. Beyoncé – Crazy in Love
  12. Pink – Get The Party Started
  13. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  14. MC Hammer – U Can't Touch This
  15. Destiny's Child – Bootylicious
  16. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  17. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  18. Kool & The Gang – Celebration
  19. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
  20. The Black Eyed Peas – Let's Get It Started
  21. Tag Team – Whoop! (There It Is)
  22. Owl City – When Can I See You Again?
  23. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Pump It Up
  24. OutKast – Hey Ya!
  25. Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations

Did I say twenty-five? Oh well, here's a couple of bonus tracks just to keep the party going...and going....

  1. Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Sound Of Sunshine
  2. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Got a favorite cool jam or dance track? Share the love in the comments! I'll add it to my playlists! (or feel free to send me a mix tape :-) )