Presence with Music and Vibration
Music has always been an important part of my life personally and professionally. Music comes in many forms such as, the song of a bird in the early morning, the beating of my drum in our drum circle, my voice singing as I walk in nature, the musical piece I play for a therapeutic session, or the sound of my breathe. Sounds are heard and the vibrations are felt in the mechanism of our inner ears. We collect sounds, vibrate, and then our amazing body system processes this sensory input into present awareness. As I hear the bird singing, I am not thinking about my grocery list or what I am to do later. At that moment, I am being with the bird song, smiling and feeling my feet on the ground. I am embodying the bird song with conscious present moment awareness.
You may ask, “Why is this important to know?”
There has been many studies of sound and vibration and how this can affect us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a manual therapist for many years, I have noticed changes in clients during a session depending on what musical piece I choose for that session. Someone can arrive at my office with a very busy mind and thoughts whirling with shoulda, coulda, and wouldas. If their intention is to journey within and explore healing and peace, it would probably not be beneficial for me to play loud rock and roll music. My musical choice for that client’s intention would be flute with soft drumming, ethereal floaty sounds, or soft piano. When I need to encourage some “fire” into my day, some “get up and go”, I listen to music with fast rhythms and lively beats. I hear the lively music, feel it in my body, and I want to move.
You may ask, “Yes, how does this happen? How does sound and music have the capacity to bring about change?”
Simply stated, the sounds we hear are vibrations. The vibration of those sounds blend with the vibration of our cells and bring the possibility of change to the physical cellular structure. Science has studied this for a long time. Dr. Hans Jenny(1904-1972) pioneered Cymatics- the study of wave phenomena and vibration. Cymatics is a process of visualizing sound by vibrating a medium such as water or matter to observe any changes. Evan Grant has an interesting, short Ted Talk called, “Making Sound Visible Through Cymatics”. It is like a looking glass into a hidden world of sound. A current application of cymatics is observing sonar beams made when dolphins speak. Hopefully, this will help us to understand their language.
You may ask, “What does this have to do with Living the Present Moment?”
I believe our senses; taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell play an important role. Awareness of my sensory input brings me into the present moment. When I observe a bird floating on the air currents, I am in the present moment feeling the peace of floating. When I suck the juice of a lemon, I am definitely in the present moment of its lemony taste. When I hold a newborn in my arms, I feel the presence of love all around and within me. As I sit in my pine woods, listen to the sounds of nature, and feel the soft pine needles under my feet, I feel my nervous system slow down. Music and sound can be a valuable tool to facilitate changes physically and emotionally. Heightened awareness of my sensory input is one way to BE IN the present moment.