While attending a book club zoom meet on last Thurs Day arranged by growth express, a Bangalore based passionate folks, believer of possibility thinking, I was amazed while going through a sound meditation session conducted by Advait Danke , Spiritual Catalyst, Sound Alchemist & Meditation Teacher.
It struck a chord in me, and it encouraged me to embark on a journey through the world of sound meditation.
Meditation is, as we all know, a trendy topic these days.
There is a lot of buzz about meditation, and the book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma has made it quite popular in the Western world. You can read the audio version of the same book by clicking here.
But what about sound meditation?
It’s shocking to me that I’ve never heard of it before.
Sound meditation is a sort of meditation that focuses on concentrated awareness.
Sound baths, which include Tibetan singing bowls, quartz bowls, and bells to assist the listener, are one type that has grown in popularity.
These practices focus on how sound can be experienced not only via hearing but also through physical vibrations and frequencies.
Many of us are aware that music has the ability to lift our spirits and alleviate stress.
It is underlined for your awareness that sound has an old relation with meditation and healing.
Sound healing has long been practised in civilizations around the world, from Australian aboriginal tribes that have been using the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years to Tibetan or Himalayan singing bowl spiritual rites.
However, a recent scientific explanation of sound healing as a form of meditation takes it to a level you can’t even conceive.
The current state of sound healing research is encouraging.
An analysis of 400 published scientific studies on music as medicine showed substantial evidence that music improves mood and reduces stress in both mental and physical health.
In fact, rhythm (as opposed to melody) can help to relieve physical pain.
Different components of sound are used in sound healing to improve your mental and physical well-being.
The method utilised determines how it operates.
The majority of music therapy sessions are one-on-one with a properly trained professional.
An hour of sound meditation helped people lower tension, anger, weariness, and anxiety, according to a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine.
But how effective is sound as a therapeutic tool?
There are a variety of ideas that try to explain why sound experiences are associated with profound relaxation and pain relief.
Sound, according to one idea, acts by causing vibrating tactile sensations throughout the body.
Sound has the potential to excite touch fibres, which can alter pain perception.
One research of persons with fibromyalgia revealed that 10 treatments of low-frequency sound stimulation (done twice a week for five weeks) improved sleep and reduced pain, allowing nearly three-quarters of participants to stop taking pain medication.
Another idea about sound’s benefits is “binaural beats” or “brain entrainment,” which claims that listening to specific frequencies can synchronise and change one’s brainwaves.
Brainwaves, or rhythmic, repeated frequencies, are the result of electrical activity in the brain.
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a device that may be used to measure these rhythms (EEG).
There are four types of brainwaves, ranging from frequencies that occur with the most activity (beta) to frequencies that occur during the least activity (delta) .
Brainwave frequencies fluctuate depending on the level of attentiveness and consciousness in different sections of the brain.
- When the brain is busy and engaged mentally, beta waves are the quickest type of brainwave.
- Alpha waves are produced when the brain is in a non-arousal state, such as when a person has completed a task and is resting or meditating.
- Daydreaming and the rapid eye movement (REM) dreaming phase of sleep are both connected with theta brainwaves.
- When you’re driving on the freeway or running for a long time, you’ll experience theta brainwaves. This state is frequently associated with periods of high creativity and innovation.
- The slowest brainwaves are deltas, which are linked to a deep dreamless sleep.
Binaural beats work on the premise that the brain synchronises its brainwave frequency to the difference in hertz between tones played in each ear, which can lead to states of deep relaxation associated with beta waves or meditative trance-like theta waves, depending on the frequency.
Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes the sound to have healing properties, but sound in the form of vibrational therapy or meditation has the potential to provide therapeutic advantages with few to no side effects.
The following are some of the different instruments used in music therapy, in addition to the voice:
- bowls that sing
- forks for tuning
- the pan flute
Some approaches combine multiple instruments in a single session, such as a guitar, piano, or other instrument.
Once you’ve learned about the benefits of sound healing, I’m sure you’ll want to schedule a session, just like I did.
I) It is quite calming.
The most universal benefit of sound therapy is deep relaxation.
The noises seem to pervade our system, bringing it back into balance.
With our hectic lives, we may benefit from the positive feelings, as relaxation is always worthwhile.
II) Mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being support system
Sound healing works on the mental and emotional levels to help people heal.
Stress, anxiety, and sadness are all reduced by sound healing.
A revitalised sense of purpose, well-being, tranquilly, and happiness results from balancing and cleaning the mind.
III) Finding relief from frequent aches and pains
Many modern-day disorders are stress-related, and sound therapy can help to alleviate these symptoms.
Stress is linked to issues such as high blood pressure, stomach ache, depression, and joint difficulties.
The sounds create a healing atmosphere in which the body and mind work together to heal.
IV) There are fewer headaches.
Chronic headaches and migraines can be relieved with sound therapy.
It tackles underlying causes of headaches like stress and high blood pressure in several ways.
Adults suffering from migraines see improvement in their symptoms after two weeks of treatment.
V) An increase in energy
Do you feel connected to the brain’s messages that travel throughout your body?
The ears are one of the key organs that affect stress levels in a stressed body, and they are one of the main organs that affect stress levels.
Sound therapy provides stimulating sounds to the brain, encouraging it to release any stored energy.
VI) It improves one’s health.
Better sleep, less chronic pain and blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and a lower chance of heart disease are just a few of the advantages.
Make an appointment with a licenced medical practitioner for professional assistance with these problems.
VII) Promotes the removal of energetic obstructions
The sound therapy session opens, clears, and balances the chakras, as well as releases any trapped energy.
Consider it to be similar to an energetic deep tissue massage that leaves you feeling refreshed and defeated.
Physical sensations such as tingling in the hands or a feeling of being hot or cold are common.
It’s about breathing into such experiences without being attached to them and letting them pass.
VIII) Increases the amount of focus in the room
Sound therapy might assist you in regaining your life’s focus.
This is accomplished by reducing the brain wave frequency to aid concentration.
This can surely aid in coping with day-to-day activities; sound treatment, for example, can be utilised to improve sports performance.
IX) Improved interpersonal ties
Too much stress is a primary contributor to interpersonal, family, and job problems, as well as any other situation where we engage with others.
The ability to focus on strengthening relationships is noted as stress levels begin to decrease.
X) Assists in clearer thinking
Sound therapy helps people think more clearly and avoid the urge to rely on self-destructive and addictive behaviours by re-balancing brain activity using precise frequencies.
A healthy mind promotes a healthy body, and breaking the loop of negative thinking and habits allows you to live a lot more tranquil and focused life.
XI) Confidence boosts
Sound therapy can help to create new and good patterns in the brain, which can enhance confidence.
It is feasible to take on new tasks and to have the confidence to make required life changes.
XII) Improving your organisational abilities
Because the brain is focused and has ‘less going on,’ it is able to take control of daily duties on a whole new level.
A sound therapy course can help you improve your organisational skills, which can aid you at work and at home. Click here.
Everyone can benefit from sound healing, and it is also free to practise on its own.
It’s possible to combine it with humming, chanting, or even singing.
In fact, it is recommended that you try humming for two minutes and see how your mood changes.
To hum clear and balance the individual energy centres in the body, choose precise frequencies.
Listening to pre-recorded sessions is another way to get a taste of the enchantment.
Investing in instruments and playing them for oneself is recommended to take one’s practice to the next level.
Otherwise, you can schedule a private sound healing session with a skilled practitioner who will play instruments like Tibetan singing bowls and allow you to “bathe” in the sounds.
You may discover a plethora of them on YouTube.
The most crucial thing is that you have to believe that sound meditation can help you heal.
After all, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi.