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The sounds of our Environment

The definition of Sound

What is sound? Sound isn’t just something we hear with our ears, sound is a relm of wayveforms that contain a set of particular frequencies amplitudes, that continuously swirl with harmonic resonance, (Adams, C., M.D., Healing with Sound, 2012) These waveforms are important to all living creatures. In order for us to communicate with each other, and receive information about our environment, we must truly listen to the sounds that fill our daily lives.

Listening to the world around us

What sounds do you hear either at work in your office, or at home on the couch. Personally, while sitting at my desk in my bedroom, I hear the sound of the air conditioner humming in the window to my left, I hear the fan at my door cooling the other bedrooms and the hallway, my fingers typing on my bluetooth keyboard, and the builtin screenreader on my iPhone and my computer as they read text I have written for a book I am working on entitled Embracing the Healing Power of Music, and while I am writing this post.
As a blind person, it is important for me to pay special attention to these details, in order for me to become oriented to my surroundings. But I have a question for those of you who are sighted. Can you identify the everyday sounds of your environment? Can you truly filter out the sounds that are pleasant to your ear, or do you simply go about your daily life, letting the sounds wash over you without paying any special attention to them? According to Don Campbell, in his book called Healing at the Speed of Sound with Alex Doman, “Sound is everywhere–it is as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat.” Did you know that sound can be just as beneficial to our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being as the food we eat, and the preventative measures we take, such as deciding not to smoke, getting plenty of sleep, and exercise? The health benefits of sound hadn’t been seriously considered until recently, Campbell explains in the introduction to Healing at the Speed of sound 2011.
On a personal note, I have relied on other senses, (especially my hearing) to compensate for my lack of sight, but I didn’t know about the healing venefits of music or sound in general, until I discovered the healing power of music after being emotionally abused. It is important for us to stop what we’re doing for a moment, close our eyes, and let the sounds of nature, and the music we love to hear resonate through our bodies, so that we may receive the health benefits of something as simple as the sound of a bird singing in the trees.
Wake up with pleasant sounds

The sounds you wake up to each morning, have a profound affect on your overall mood during the day. For example, if you wake up to the beep or buzz of an alarm clock, honking car horns, people shouting outside your open window or in another part of your home etc., these sounds can make you feel grumpy and irritable. However, if you wake up to the sounds of birds singing in a tree outside your window, wind chimes blowing in the breeze as I often do, or a song you have specially chosen to wake you up in the morning, these sounds will make you feel calm and bring a smile to your face.

Questions for Self-reflection or discussion
Here are a couple of questions for you to discuss with a friend. You can also write them in a reflection journey. If you wish, you can share your personal answers to these questions in the comments below. Do you wake up to these pleasant sounds, or the busy humdrum of the city? How do the sounds of your environment effect your daily life? When you take a brief moment to truly listen to the sounds that surround you, what have you discovered about your world?

Resources

Adams, Case, PH.D.
Healing With sound,
LOGICAL BOOKS,2012
Campbell, Don/Doman, Alex
Healing at the Speed of Sound
HUDSON STREET PRESS, 2011

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An author update

Hello everyone, I don’t remember if I told you this or not, but I have started working on a book entitled Embracing The Healing Power of Music: Seven Steps for Finding your way out of the darkness and into the light with God’s Gift of Song. In this book I will share my story of how I found comfort in music as a child, and into my adulthood, and how I discovered the healing power of music. I will show you how you too can embrace music for more than mere entertainment. Please help me get my book published by visiting soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/embracing-healing-power-music-seven-steps-finding-way-darkness-light-gods-gift-song-ann-harrison and cast your vote today

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How to embrace God’s Healing Power through Music

Hello fello bloggers,

I am here with you once again, but with a different topic in mind. I’m talking about God’s devine healing through something as simple as a piece of music.  God gave us music, and he has planned for us to use it for good, however it can be used for evil if you aren’t careful. Today I am going to show you how to use music for good.  How do do you do that?  Well, in the next paragraphs, and by uploading a few soothing pieces I find a comfort to me, I can show you how not only to listen to music with your ears as a source of entertainment, but alI will show you how to listen to the music with your heart and soul.  By listening to music with your heart, I’m talking about being able to feel the music.

First of all, let me tell you a little about how I found music as a source of healing.  I have been through an emotionally abusive marriage relationship.  Although I have a wonderful daughter, who is a true gift from God, I had to leave that emotionally trying situation.  I will not explain exactly what happened here, because this isn’t about the negatives in my life.  I tell you this tidbit of information about me, to demonstrait my point.  When I came back to live with my parents, I seriously asked God to help me, because I was at my wits end, and through my constant ly listening to music, and devine experiences, that I cannot explain, God has taught me how to feel the music, and dig deeper into it’s meaning. I have begun to teach myself how to play the piano, with God’s devine help, and the help of some music courses from the Nationally Library for the Blind and Phisically handicapped.  Well, to tell you an interesting story, I was standing at a keyboard that my aunt gave me, before she passed away, and I was playing a simple piece that I had learned from the sample piano pieces on this 61 key keyboard.  Here’s the interesting part, I remember playing the beginning, and I remember playing the end, but I don’t remember playing the middle portion of the piece, because I had gotten so lost in the music, I just let it take me wherever it wanted to.  It was by Sheer devine providence that I was able to stand there and keep playing that piece.  This is an example of how powerful music can be; therefore, if you are feeling down and out, or if there are some aspects of your life, that have become heavy burdens in your life, and you are a music lover like myself, By God’s amazing grace, you too can learn how to let music take you on an undescribable journey all it’s own.

Now, here is what I do if I really want to let a piece of music, whether classical or popular music, communicate it’s meaning to me, I just close my eyes, relax my body, and let the music speak to me.  So, what you want to do, is find a time and place where you will not be disturbed for a few moments, put on a piece of your favorite music, sit or lie back in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and let the music flow through your entire being.  Once you have done this, take a moment to ponder what the music is telling you, and/or how it makes you feel.  I will upload a few of the pieces that I find healing and/or comfortinging when I am feeling out of sourts.  Feel free to use these pieces, or others that you enjoy, as these are just examples of music that is soothing and often times healing for me.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the same result tas I explained above, because this process works differently for each individual person.  After trying to feel the music, please feel free to share your thoughts if you wish.

Happy listening,

Ann