By Yin Nwe Ko
In The tapestry of life, there are moments when our hearts find their rhythm, resonating in perfect harmony with something external. It could be a piece of music that moves us to tears, a book that grips us from the first page, or a hobby that becomes a lifelong passion. These are the moments when we experience a profound connection, and here, let’s explore the fascinating phenomenon of how and why our hearts go well with something.
The Dance of Emotions
Emotions are the threads that weave the fabric of our existence. They colour our experiences, from the joyful highs of love and laughter to the melancholic lows of sorrow and loss. When we encounter something that resonates deeply with our emotions, it sparks a unique dance within our hearts.
Consider the last time you listened to a piece of music that touched your soul. As the notes filled the air, you might have felt a rush of emotions — nostalgia, happiness, or perhaps even sadness. This emotional connection to music is a testament to the power of art and its ability to evoke feelings that often lie dormant within us.
The Power of Art and Expression
Art, in all its forms, serves as a universal language that transcends barriers of culture, language, and time. Whether it’s a masterpiece hanging in a museum or a street performer’s heartfelt melody, art has the power to move us profoundly.
Visual art, for example, can speak to our souls through colours, shapes, and textures. A painting might transport us to a distant landscape, evoke memories of a loved one, or awaken our sense of wonder and curiosity. The canvas becomes a portal through which we connect with the artist’s vision and, in turn, with our own emotions.
Similarly, literature has a unique ability to transport us to different worlds and eras, to inhabit the minds of characters, and to explore the intricacies of human nature. When we read a novel that resonates with us, we form an intimate bond with the author and the story’s characters, sharing their triumphs and tribulations.
The Science of Connection
But why do some pieces of art, music, or literature resonate so deeply with us while others leave us indifferent? The answer lies in the intricate workings of our brains.
Neuroscience has unveiled the fascinating mechanisms that underlie our emotional responses to art and the world around us. When we encounter something that resonates with our emotions, our brains release neurotransmitters like dopamine, which are associated with pleasure and reward. This neurochemical response reinforces our connection to the object of our affection, creating a sense of joy and fulfilment.
Moreover, our brains are hardwired to seek patterns and meaning in the world. When we encounter a piece of art or music that resonates with us, it often aligns with our existing beliefs, values, or experiences. This alignment fosters a sense of validation and connection, reinforcing our emotional response.
The Impact of Personal Experience
Personal experiences play a pivotal role in shaping our preferences and emotional responses. A song that reminds us of a cherished childhood memory or a place we once visited can evoke a profound sense of nostalgia and happiness. Similarly, a book that reflects our own life experiences and challenges can feel like a lifeline, offering solace and understanding.
Our backgrounds, cultural heritage, and life journeys influence our perceptions of art and what resonates with us. What touches the heart of one person might leave another cold. This diversity of experiences enriches our collective tapestry of human expression and reminds us of the beauty of subjectivity.
Finding Connection in Hobbies and Passions
Beyond the realm of traditional art forms, our daily lives are enriched by hobbies and passions that ignite our souls. These pursuits provide a unique avenue for self-expression and connection with like-minded individuals.
Consider the avid gardener who meticulously tends to their plants, nurturing life and witnessing the ever-changing beauty of nature. Gardening becomes a profound source of joy and connection with the natural world.
Similarly, the world of sports offers a space where enthusiasts can channel their energy and passion. Whether it’s the thrill of scoring a goal, the camaraderie of a team, or the discipline of solo training, sports provide a deep sense of fulfilment and connection for many.
The Transformative Power of Connection
When our hearts go well with something, it’s more than a fleeting moment of pleasure; it’s a transformative experience. These connections have the power to shape our identities, values, and even our life paths.
Consider the aspiring musician who discovers their love for playing the guitar. As they pour hours into practice and creative exploration, they find not only a source of joy but also a profound sense of purpose. This connection to music becomes a driving force in their life, leading to opportunities for self-expression and personal growth.
Likewise, the avid reader who devours books with insatiable curiosity may find themselves inspired to become a writer, sharing their own stories and perspectives with the world. The connection they forged with literature becomes a catalyst for their creative journey.
Nurturing Connection and Passion
So, how can we nurture and cultivate these moments when our hearts go well with something? It begins with curiosity and openness. Be willing to explore various forms of art, literature, and hobbies. Attend concerts, visit museums, read widely, and try new activities.
Additionally, it’s essential to pay attention to your emotional responses. Take note of the music that makes you feel alive, the books that resonate with your soul, and the activities that fill you with joy. These are the clues that lead you to your sources of connection and passion.
Moreover, seek out communities and individuals who share your interests. Engaging with like-minded people can deepen your connection and provide a sense of belonging. Whether it’s joining a book club, attending a painting class, or participating in a sports league, the bonds formed with others who share your passion can be profoundly enriching.
The Closest Example and Experience In Myanmar
Recently, a remarkable event unfolded in the YouTube world, captivating millions’ attention. A young artist, known simply as “Anonimus”, not to be confused with “Anonymous”, achieved a staggering 11 million views on one of his videos. His meteoric rise has sent shockwaves through Myanmar’s art scene. What makes this even more extraordinary is that Anonimus is just a 9th-grade student residing alongside his mother in Hlinethaya Township, Yangon Region.
Despite his humble background as an ordinary worker with a passion for music, Anonimus defied the odds. He lacked the financial means to produce a song of his own, a costly endeavour by any measure. However, his creation, titled “Leave it” or “ထားလိုက်ပါ” in Myanmar, unexpectedly became a sensation. This song, although deceptively simple, defied categorization. It wasn’t hip-hop, jazz, rap, heavy metal, R&B, rock, country, or pop — yet it resonated deeply with audiences.
Myanmar has seen its fair share of famous singers and idols, but none has managed to capture the international music and video platform of YouTube like this young man. The question arises: What sets Anonimus apart? Finding a definitive answer to this query proves elusive. Initially, I, too, was puzzled. However, I later realized that Anonimus was an ordinary young man who managed to deliver what music enthusiasts worldwide had been craving for quite some time. In essence, he met the hunger for artistic creation that transcended conventional genres like hip-hop, jazz, rap, and the rest. Anonimus had tapped into a universal yearning for music that speaks to the hearts of the masses.
The remarkable journey of Anonimus serves as a valuable lesson for our local musicians and singers. While some may raise eyebrows at this suggestion, I welcome any differing opinions. The debate on whether art is a personal expression of feelings or meant to touch the hearts of others is an ongoing one. Yet, it is undeniable that when there’s a deep resonance between what we create and what others feel, the results can be nothing short of extraordinary and awe-inspiring.
In the tapestry of life, those moments when our hearts go well with something are the threads that create the most vibrant and beautiful patterns. They remind us of the profound power of emotions, art, and connection in shaping our experiences and identities.
As we continue on our life journeys, let us remain open to the world’s rich tapestry of art and expression. Let us seek those moments when our hearts resonate in harmony with something beautiful, for it is in those moments that we discover the true essence of our souls. Whether through the stroke of a brush, the notes of a song, or the pages of a book, let us cherish the connections that light up our lives and make each day more extraordinary.
Reference: Based on my own experience