People always say music has no language because it speaks to the heart. Music has a way of tugging at our heart strings and transports us across time and space.
But do you know why music makes you feel this way? Sound has a direct connection to our psyche and can literally change the movement of energy in every cell. There’s a difference in the way you feel when you listen to rock music versus classical music, right?
In yogic teachings, the Shabd Guru is a technology of sound which changes our consciousness through sound vibrations. It literally means “Sound Teacher.” The yogis knew that sound, vibrations, music, and chanting all have the ability to cut through the ego that attaches us to things and objects. When we chant, sing, or listen to music at a certain frequency, we are removing layers of ourselves that get in the way of our truth. There is a reason why you don’t do yoga to heavy metal music.
Here are some tips to help you be conscious about what you are feeding your ears:
WHAT IS ON THE RADIO?
If you’re stuck in traffic, you probably have a lot of time to listen to the radio. What are you listening to? Are you listening to music that will make you feel tense the rest of the day? Are you listening to music with lyrics that perpetuate negativity? Be conscious about what you are listening to on the radio because it will directly affect your mood and how you interact with people once you get out of your car.
WATCH YOUR BODY’S RESPONSE
Music is a huge part of my life and I grew up listening to every genre of music you can imagine. As I look back, I can see how the music I listened to influenced my behavior. I listened to a lot of alternative/rock music in high school, which is probably why I was hyper aggressive at that time. Then I listened to a lot of EDM music which made me feel levels of joy and connection that I never felt before. Watch how your body responds to certain types of music and make a conscious decision about how you want to be influenced. Do you want to be deflated or do you want to be elevated?
KIRTAN & MANTRA
If you find yourself in a kundalini yoga class, chances are you’ll be listening to mantra music. Mantra is used as a tool to aid in meditation. Chanting one word, or a series of words over and over again keeps the mind on a tight leash. On a scientific level, you are stimulating the hypothalamus and pituitary gland that sit on the opposite side of your upper palate that balance hormonal and glandular functions. On a practical level, mantra music just makes us feel good.
Go to my playlist page for some mantra music! I post a new song every week for New Tunes Tuesday.
We all sing when we’re alone in our car but lose our inner diva once we’re surrounded by people. (That is probably a good thing if you weren’t blessed with perfect pitch.) But you don’t need to sing to feel good– just start humming! Humming is less offensive to people even when you’re off key. It gives off the energy that you’re in a good mood, and that energy will change everyone else’s energy around you. If you’re having a bad day or a stream of bad thoughts, use the sound of your voice to bring you back into present awareness.
(Photo Cred: Spirit Voyage)