Sound Advice

Are You Listening?

Do you hear the noise of the TV, the car radio, the sounds of people talking on their cell phones as you pass by?   Are you at a point in this day and age of technology and over-stimulation where your brain and ears tune out most of the sounds around you as a means to defend your mental and emotional homeostasis?

Then maybe it is time to take a step back and slow down your pace so that you can restore a sense of beauty and serenity into your life.   I recently became aware of the International Listening Association, which is an organization entirely dedicated to advancing the practice, teaching, and research of listening throughout the world.

There was a research article mentioned about how listening to music that is positive and caring in its thematic manner, will in fact foster altruistic and helping behaviors in those who were exposed to this style and genre of music.  Not that this is a big surprise, but it is always good to be reminded of it. It is also important to promote this healthy practice to others.

Practicing active listening skills also helps us to make choices about what is important to hear.  What sounds are healthy and help us to heal, feel less anxious, keep us centered and bring a sense of balance into our daily living?  Here is my top 5 list:

  1. Music that elicits a strong emotional connection
  2. Nature sounds
  3. A baby’s laugh
  4. The sound of many voices singing together
  5. Relaxing music that encourages a slower heartbeat and intentional breathing

Sound Beginning encourages you to actively tune in to the sounds and music that bring enrichment and a sense of well being into your life this week.  Make your own list and seek to hear beyond the noise.

“The first duty of love is to listen” – Paul Tillich