Sound is present all around us. It enhances the experience of life by connecting us to one another It allows us to communicate, collaborate and live together. Sound can regenerate old memories, invoke different layers of emotion and bring us into present awareness. Sound is something that is with us in every moment of each day yet so often we negate its existence and importance.
Sound, just as it has different levels of volume also has different layers of density. Not all sounds that we experience are audible. To make sense of this easier lets break sound done a little more. Sound has been shown to be in its simplest form a vibration. Vibration essentially is energy in its singular form moving through matter. As waves of energy disturb particles of matter these particles begin to move, going up and down like a wave. Imagine floating balls on a water’s surface moving with swell and waves. This wave moves with the force of air which takes the vibration of the matter (an object) and cause them to travel. When this wave of vibration makes it to our eardrums it embarks on a bio-acoustic process in which it is transformed into a chemical form, then electrical impulses as it travels through our brain.
So in short, a sound always occurs when there is a vibration. There are tangible, audible sounds and then sounds that fly under and over the radar of what our ears can interpret.
Humans can only hear sounds generated by vibrations between 15Hz and 20,000 Hz. These are called audible sounds. Majority of adults will only be able to hear sounds up to about 16,000 Hz due to exposure to loud sounds throughout our lives. Sounds below our range of hearing are referred to as infra-sounds whilst those above are ultrasound.
It has been shown that everything is in a state of vibration. Even the most subtle of occurrences emits vibration. The planets moving through space, an ant walking across the ground, even the cells that make up our body emit vibrations.
How often do we try to de-sensitise ourselves from pain or hurt?
We experience an emotion, maybe it is referred to as negative and we seek for a way out of it. A way to forget about it, mute it or even dull its expression.
For me, in the past when I experienced overwhelm, hurt or sadness, I naturally looked for something that could numb the experience. Music, exercise, alcohol or even marijuana would be a suitable vice. I would immediately seek refuge in the numbed experience as opposed to allowing myself the journey of the flowing cycle. When I experienced loss or separation, I embodied a mindset of “I am better than this.” I would become proactive and make myself immensely busy to prove I am something. But what is that? I would tell myself that I am strong and successful, and my actions and ambitions would seek to prove that to the people around me. Deep down I was just seeking approval and if I couldn’t receive it from one person then I would look for it in another person and so on until it was fulfilled.
The cycles of emotions aren’t bad. The flux of ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ is normal. It is the law of polarity. We cannot experience one without the other.
However, I am now practicing my ability to sit in my emotions. In the fullest, most raw and vulnerable way that I can; without the assistance of any outer influences or substances. Just me, sitting and crying, or yelling and screaming.
I realise then that this emotion is only an indication of something from my past that is seeking assistance. A part of me calling out to be seen and loved from a time where self-awareness wasn’t in my field of vision. Now I can see it. Now I can feel it. Now I can love that part of me and it makes the present moment worth experiencing.
When we can become the observer of our own thoughts, feelings are reactions we allow ourselves the opportunity of authentic analysis. To analyse ones self isn’t an invitation to pass judgements yet it is a moment to assess if there is anything we (from a centred, grounded place) could have done better in a particular situation. This is a practice but a powerful one especially for our kids. To take responsibility for one’s actions – and still remaining in a state of love no matter the result is truly embodying the role of a conscious observer.
How often or in what situations do you find your mind wandering? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – unless we are wanting to focus on something directly. At times a wandering mind can lead us down a spiral of fear, anxiety, judgement. We can become detached from our present surroundings and situations. This is where a wandering mind can be detrimental to our over-all well-being.
This is a very common difficulty people experience when trying to meditate - the “monkey mind.”
A study done within the Neuroscience sector found that when we catch ourselves within a distraction or lost within thought and we are able to successfully bring our awareness back to our point of focus, a new neural pathway is created in the brain. A new pattern within our electrical system is established allowing the brain to function at a higher capacity.
This is a very important study for those trying to meditate and for anyone really. Instead of scolding ourselves with disappointment or being harsh towards ourselves for being distracted; we can now see this as an opportunity for brain development which you just completed the first phase of.
Ritualistic practices are revered in ancient and eastern cultures. If you have been through Asia you have most likely witnessed offering being made to the divine. Woven baskets filled with gifts, incense and rice littered the streets or placed in front of statues. But how often do we take the time out of our western lives to honour something outside of ourselves? We are not specifically talking about religion yet the simple act of showing gratitude and reverence for the life we live, for the blessings present in our everyday, for the good and loving people around us.
As little as 2 minutes of devotion or honouring a day can have a profound effect on our mental and emotional states of being. It also allows us to feel like we belong to something greater, more intricate and profound then the perpetual cycle of our individual lives. We would love to hear about your ritualistic practices. What do you do to connect and show reverence to something outside of yourself?
If you haven’t considered this before give it a go and let us know your experience.