Pace Your Day With Music


by Kara Johnstad

Music can often make or break your day.

Everything around has a pulse, a rhythm. Not only music. Our words have a rhythm and tone. The music we listen to has a rhythm and tone. Our heart has a rhythm and tone. The earth has a rhythm and tone; … the weather patterns; … the cycles of nature. Our circulatory system is pulsating – surge and release. We are rhythmical beings.

Athletes have known for many years the effects of using the proper music to pace them in running long distances. They use music consciously in training. They use music to pace distances and interestingly enough in high pressure situations. Take for example the final 3 minutes of a soccer game. The score is tied. There is a foul and the referee calls for a free shot. Studies have shown that recalling a positive upbeat rhythmic melody line and mentally singing it, a song such as “always look at the bright side of life, improves greatly  the chance of staying calm and focused  and making the shot.


Young Lady enjoying music

 Simply by connecting with a positive rhythmical melody line,  

relaxes us when under pressure
and can improve our overall  performance.

Which means if you are slipping into overwhelm after a tiring rehearsal or meeting, standing in traffic, can you recall a positive upbeat tune you love and change your mood? Or perhaps you need some slow drones and rhythmical mantras to take the tension out and put the love intention back into the room.

When the phone rings off the hook and you are not sure how to get everything done in time, can playing some simple Bach Prelude in the background help  bring you back into the moment and slow down and go from overwhelm and scattered to a clear focused mind?

Can we learn from top professional athletes and use music as a tool to help set the tone not only for giving a top performance, but also throughout the entire day?

Music can help us pace the day so that we can arrive in the evening at the finishing line having accomplished what we need to do in a healthy and balanced state of mind.

Voice Your Essence Podcast by Kara Johnstad
click image & listen to podcast
How can we create a playlist 
that keeps us from choking under pressure  
and helps us to pace our day?  

Soothing music is known to decrease stress and decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol. And yet upbeat music can also relieve fatigue and boost our energy.

Man listening to music
Although we do not become entirely synchronised by merely listening to music, it still has an influence on how we move throughout the day, how we talk, and how we communicate.

Very closely associated with the type of pulse of music is the pace.

For example, why do we feel that time moves more slowly in the countryside; that we can relax more and “calm down” a bit?

The reason that the feeling of time moves quicker in the big city has greatly to do with the pulsating rhythms of the metropol. Take away the audible sounds and sirens and moving traffic and machinery and replace it with the sound of chirping crickets and time will seem like it is standing still.

Many things affect us. We can not close off our ears easily. The music or pulsations and frequencies that we hear do have an effect on us.

While listening to other’s stories listen for the beat. The words, the melody. Listen in to the pace that is happening around you. And see if you can create the pace you need by consciously pacing and spacing your words as you join in conversations and using music in your environment to stay in tune.

You as the listener and creator of your life determine the final impact that the music will have on your system. How much you allow yourself to participate consciously in the power that music has to transform our days into perfectly balanced gems.

Your music library gives you unprecedented control how you set the pace and organize the rhythm of your day. Most likely the music you play on a lazy Sunday morning is very different than the music you play on a long run. The music you listen to while cooking maybe different than the music you listen to while trying to get packed and out the door to catch a flight.

By paying close attention to your inner voice and the pulse, pace, and patterns of the music you are listening to and the spacing and tone of your words in a conversation, you can create a sonic diet plan. 

Young lady listening to music with closed eyes
If you are prone to anxiety and stress, you now have another tool to use for staying in balance.

It is easy to pace your day and stay energized, refreshed and always relaxed if you listen to your inner voice and allow the music within and without  to pace your day.

Much love,



P.S. Share with us your experience, and feel free to join the Voice Your Essence™ Community over on Facebook: I’m really excited to hear what you have to say.

Thank you, as always, for tuning in, reading and contributing.


Voice Your Essence Podcast by Kara Johnstad
Please do! Just be sure to include this complete blurb with it.
Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, founder of the Voice Your Essence Community  and creator of the Voice Your Essence™  and Voice Your Biz™ Program, She is also a regular contributor  to THE DAILY SISTERHOOD BLOG. If you are ready to take your voice and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription of her weekly eZine, at     

Image: “Young Lady Enjoying Music” by imagerymajestic /

Image: “Side View Of Man Listening Music” by imagerymajestic /

Image: “Woman Listening To Music With Closed Eyes” by imagerymajestic /
This entry was posted in Emotions, Kara Johnstad, Spirit, Women and tagged , , , by karajohnstad. Bookmark the permalink.

About karajohnstad

Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, creator of The Essence Radio Show™, and founder of the Voice Your Essence™ Mastery Program. Leading change agents, healers, personal development speakers and others recognize her as being a unique source of powerful truth and wisdom. As a top voice expert she has helped thousands with her "break-through" voice techniques and shares with us the secrets behind this powerful instrument and the role the human voice plays in fine tuning our Mind-Body-Spirit systems. Kara connects each and every week with subscribers from around the world via her Voice Your Essence™ eZine. Enjoy listening to Kara's soulful music as part of your daily ritual of reconnecting to source or jump onto the next level and experience personally the power of your true authentic voice with Kara Johnstad's VoiceYour Essence™ Mastery Program

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s