Yumiko Sato Music Therapy

Journey Into Wholeness

Reflection on 2017

This year brought so many changes to my life. Moving back to the U.S was a big change, and getting used to a new life in Nebraska has not been easy.

My dog, Mutsu, has been an inspiration to me. He left Aomori, where he was born, flew on an airplane and crossed the country from Washington state to Nebraska by car. Yet, he doesn’t seem stressed at all. He is only concerned about how to get attention and treats.

Next year I’ll start a new podcast, Bliss. On this show I’ll invite guests from healthcare and social welfare communities to discuss various topics ranging from music therapy to spirituality. In order to fund the project I’ve started a crowdfunding campaign and so far reached 100% of my goal.


Also, I’m getting ready for a seminar in Tokyo in Feb. Over the years I’ve received many questions about how to incorporate music in healthcare from people who are not music therapists. My hope is to share the benefits and challenges of utilizing recorded/live music as well as musician volunteers in such a setting.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful year. Wishing you a peaceful holiday season!

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.

― Joseph Campbell

3 comments on “Reflection on 2017

  1. Kay
    December 18, 2017

    Welcome to America, specifically the Midwest! I have been following you for a while as I, too, am in healthcare- Hospice as a spiritual care advisor. My friend and colleague is a music therapist in our Hospice and she is one of very few MT’s and we are so fortunate to have her. Occasionally, I’ll share your news with her. Thank you for all that you do and share, Yumiko!

    • Yumi
      December 19, 2017

      Hi Kay! Thank you for your message and following my blog. Are you in the Midwest? I worked at hospice in Ohio for 10 years, but Nebraska is quite different from Ohio. I’m glad to hear your hospice has a music therapist. So you’re a chaplain? I’m interested in learning more about spiritual care.

      • Kay
        December 21, 2017

        Yes, I’m in Illinois outside of Chicago in a rural community. I’ve been with my Hospice for about 11 years and enjoy my work. Please email me at any time. Perhaps we will meet someday?

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