MUSIC FOR A SOUND MIND by Jonna

I hope you’ll take a moment to read and listen to the amazing voice and words of my friend and Finnish singer Jonna. She has an incredible story and message to share. That is why I’m posting her blog here today, for you to get inspired, listen to her music and if you want to, pre-order her album. We all need a SOUND MIND. Thanks Jonna!

Have you ever thought how powerful music can be? How it can bring a smile on your face or give you something to think about?

I am a fairly young woman still (32 years old) but I have had my fair share of challenges and struggles in life…an alcoholic mother with bipolar, parents divorce, my own divorce, my mother’s death and a challenge to keep my depression-prone mind healthy.

We don’t often talk about our mental challenges with other people, but I know that having a sound mind is something that many people struggle with. I wanted to write music that could bring mental health awareness by openly talking about those negative feelings and thoughts that can cloud our happiness.

My first single release “Still Breathing” from the album “Sound Mind” is about depression. How one can feel so helpless with those negative thoughts and emotions. I personally think that being aware of those thoughts is the first step to recovery.

Once I had realized that those negative thoughts were not the same as me, I could either choose to listen to them or throw them out of my mind. I decided to do the latter and wrote the song “Out of My Head” about it.

I noticed that I felt happier when I tried to find things to be grateful for in my everyday life. While sitting in my car in traffic I would stop and try to hear the beautiful silence underneath the traffic hour. Or while walking to the bus, I would keep my eyes open for the beauty around me, such as sun beams shining like diamonds in the snow. Those moments put a smile on my face and I wanted to share them with others in my song “Smile”.

Even if one doesn’t have depression or some other mental illness, having a sound mind is not something we can take for granted. Just like having a healthy body, in order to have a healthy mind, we need to nourish it and exercise our “muscles.” Learning to forgive easily is one of those muscles that help us have a sound mind. Or if we feel like we’re entitled to judge others, we clearly have something to work on in ourselves. Also not being too hard on ourselves is something that can help us acheive greater happiness.

Three songs “Art of Forgiveness”, “In My Shoes” and “Proud of me” all help me think healthy thoughts and have a sound mind.

This album has been my journey through my struggles and I truly believe that it can touch other peoples lives as well. If you want to help me in this cause, you can get your own copy of the album today. You can pre-order it through my crowdfunding campaign.

I started an indiegogo campaign so that I could cover the final costs of the album and release it this spring. The campaign will end on the 21st of February 2015.

Here’s a link to my campaign page:ย  http://igg.me/at/jonna/x/8814822

And you can watch my 2 min video about the campaign here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfMUepy3E4k

 

Thank you so much for reading. Hope these thoughts were helpful and wish you a very happy new year 2015! Remember, luck is an attitude!! Keep thinking healthy thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, Jonna

 

4 Comments on “MUSIC FOR A SOUND MIND by Jonna

  1. Wonderful post. I am pretty darn upbeat. I rarely get down about things, always finding solutions, but those times it happens are frightening. To feel like there is no way out scares the heck out of me. I can only imagine how horrible it would be to have that state of mind status quo every day.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Jonna, you have done a great job going public with these kind of issues that are so prevalent in our world today. Your music and lyrics gives hope and feelings of self worth . sometimes the world we live in feels so harsh and full,of pressures. I’m glad you have created songs and been brave enough to share the problems that affect us all in one way or another. I love listening to your song called SMILE and the song FOREVER. This album is a compilation of all kinds of issues that regular people face each day. Thanks for making this album. It is inspirational, personal, uplifting, and helps to bring out joy and self worth in all of us.
      ๐Ÿ˜ŠAlice

      • Thank you so much Alice!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy to hear that!! As that was my goal!! To give hope and feelings of self worth to people through my music. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Jacqui. It is difficult for people who suffer from depression. Probably your worst day times 100. But I think no matter our state of mind, music can help all of us. I know my day feels better when I put on some of my favorite tunes. Or listen to Smile by Jonna:)

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