While reading about the Vibrations of Consonants and Vowels on the Body, I pondered: How Do Sound Vibrations Affect Us? Insights from Purdue University’s Prof. Hong Z Tan’s Research Purdue University research by Prof Hong Z Tan, set me thinking.
There must be a reason why some speakers ignite passions, some songs make you sad, or some quotes are world-famous. I now wonder if they all create a similar symphony of vibrations that your body tends to react to.
The Power of Sound: How It Can Affect Your Body and Mind
Have you ever observed that your words garner different reactions from different people? The same joke can be obnoxious to some and funny to others. Same abuses have a raging reaction by some and indifference by others. Sometimes it is just the words and sometimes the tone. Some have harsher pitches and some softer leading to different effects for the same argument. In fact, as per Vipassana – Sound creates vibrations. Our brain decodes these vibrations by matching them with the stored database. And, this stored information guides our reactions as per pre-emphasized meaning.
In Hindu mythology, there are different sounds (mantras) for different desires. Even the devotional songs have different reverberations like Hanuman Chalisa wards off fear, Tandava Stotram, or Devi Stotrams create energy shield. Similarly in western classical, there are Bach, Brahams, or Beethoven’s pieces which resolve maladies, from depression to Insomnia to even Dementia.
The Hidden Impact of Sound on Your Health: Are You Aware of the Consequences?
And this brings me to my final point that the vibrations have far-reaching repercussions. More importantly, do we pay attention to the sounds we have let into our lives? Do we realize, playing television non-stop in the background is creating a cacophony of vibrations? A noisy ambiance tends to stress and tire us more. While listening to positive sounds regularly tends to improve our physical and mental health.
Balancing Sound in Your Life: Tips for a Healthier Body and Mind
Positive, calm, soothing, or melodious sounds are a healthy diet. Moreover, listening daily to classical music, hymns, or shlokas tends to positive well-being. Some sounds relax us while some generate aggressive thoughts. Rock music is most preferred by youth because of its energetic vibrations. But, in a continual loop, this kind of music creates high energy that needs dissipation.
Making Sound Choices: How to Optimize Your Relationship with Sound for Better Well-Being
I make it a point to not let noise into my life, and whenever unavoidable I counter it with soothing music or meditation. In addition, I do not prefer lengthy phone conversations and attend only critical conference calls. Also, I either watch television or shut it down, never let it play in the background. I choose to keep noise away. I now know which song has what effect on my body and use it to my advantage.
Every culture in the world has well-known musical pieces for mind, body & soul. We just need to use it effectively. I am attuned to the music from my culture. To cheer me up I listen to my favorite Bollywood songs, and to avoid fatigue I listen to Tandav Stotram or Aigiri Nandini. From time to time I listen to Hanuman Chalisa which sustains my independent spirit. & at times I listen to meditation sounds for treating my insomnia.
But the one sound which is most effective and hard to get used to is silence. Whenever I feel stressed out, I give myself a dose of silence, and lo behold! I am cured. 😎