December: Relaxing with Sound
In order to believe, trust, and hope, we need some sense of safety and calm with little to no anxiety. During the end of year and holiday hustle and bustle, a sense of calm and little to no anxiety might be hard to come by, but a quick way to drop into this more relaxed state can be through music and sound - whether listening to music, signing or humming along to the music, or exhaling with a long sigh.
Music can bring on a whole host of emotions, but no matter what music can be healing and relaxing. Listening to music can take us back to a time or place, it can help us disconnect or reconnect, it can get us moving or singing, and it can make us laugh or cry. As John Lennon said, “Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream,” and as Maya Angelou said, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” Music is full of deeper meaning; we use music to soothe babies, to celebrate holidays and major life events, to make our daily commute or day more enjoyable, and even to mourn death. So turn on the music, sing or hum along, and notice if you’re more relaxed and happier afterwards.
Even a simple long, sighing exhale can provide a relaxing sound for our mind and body. Picture yourself after a long day, sitting into a comfy chair, and letting out a sigh of relief; or imagine a dog settling in to lay down and the sigh given out. Our body responds on a deep level to vibration and sound and just a simple sigh can provide relief and relaxation.
Use the healing power of sound and music this week to bring some more calm into your life to boost up your levels of belief, trust, and hope.