How can I be more intentional about the use of music in my life? Music is a drug. I feel its capacity to alter my conscious state. I suspect it has the capacity to alter my subconscious state (although I do not believe in a clear delineation between these two).
Still, music brings a special sort of inverse attention to the present tense connectedness of my life. I can allow it to play in the background and feel some of its effects, but if I step outside of myself and look at my living, while the music is playing, I experience a sort of cinematic awakening.
Music highlights the texture of my life. If existence is as precious as it seems to me, then every moment is of unique value. Music enables me to maximize the value of my present tense experience.