Of course when I was younger I would love the thrill of boisterous, thumping, rock music! I was an avid ‘stayer’, forever being the last one to leave a party as my fingers sought the volume dial to find the loudest sound possible! Back then, loud music felt good to me. Back then, the sole purpose of music was to drown out my senses.
Not so long ago I decided the chatter of talk back radio was negative and depressing and searched for alternatives. In doing so, I rediscovered the relationship between me and the hum of the road, the songs of the birds, rumbling of the train, whatever was around that I could tune into. A sense of peace began to creep into my life. I even stumbled across a radio station that honoured its’ operatic music. Opera proved a godsend on the occasions when I was upset. The uplifting sounds of the instruments seemed to have their own language that would resonate with the unrest within me and set forth to life my mood. More recently, I feel a wise being within has awakened as I tune into the amplified glory of listening to gentle, soothing sounds.
Consider also the sounds of running water, fire crackling or chimes ringing. Powerful!
We are all aware of the physiological changes that occur in brain waves, heart rate and respiration when we tune into different sounds. A fast beat, for example, can cause the heartbeat, respiration and brain waves to speed-up. If you slow down the beat, it will slow brain wave activity and create shifts in heartbeat and respiration. This knowledge is particularly timely in our world of worry, anxiety and stress.
A few years ago I read of a council that was considering installing speakers into laneways and playing operatic music with the idea of discouraging groups of youths from hanging out there. I thought it was a wildly bright idea. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the project went ahead.
Can you imagine what it would be like to hear crystal clear joyful music coming from the speakers of your local primary school? What sort of mood might these school children shift into? Perhaps bullying and aggression would dissolve to become a problem of the past. We can only imagine until someone takes the initiative and gives these new ideas and visions a go.
Driven by the frustration of boisterous and agitated behaviours, I tried my newfound relaxation music on my family! I know without a doubt that when calm music is dispersed in my home, noise dissipates, everyone is calmer. They’re pretty much oblivious to what’s going on behind the scenes! I feel magical, like I’m engaging a sound shield!
If you are like me and sensitive to sound, could you be open to rediscovering the sounds that feel good to you so you can introduce a sense of ease and peace into your day. There are numerous different types of sounds out there – try googling music such as opera, meditation, blues, baroque, gospel, whatever takes your fancy!
The use of sound as a healing tool dates back thousands of years. Now, that the field of sound healing is gaining considerable attention, why not re embrace this methodology and use it to your advantage in our present world.
What sounds is your soul longing to hear?