Good Vibrations

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was right about “pickn’ up good vibrations.” He never even met the girl, but he knew she was right by the colors of her clothes, the sunlight in her hair, and the smell of her perfume. She piqued his energy and attention. 

According to science, everything is energy, including you. Your body is composed of energy-producing particles, each of which is vibrating and creating energy. 

The energy level, or frequency at which your body vibrates can vary. A higher frequency is associated with greater motivation and feelings of ease. Someone at a lower frequency may feel tired or even depressed. Has your doctor ever told you that you were healthy because your body resonates at a frequency of 62-70 hertz units per minute?  Probably not, but according to the experts that is a healthy frequency. 

Scientists who study sound say that everything in our existence is part of an interconnected web of electromagnetic vibrations. Some refer to this as “life force.” We may refer to this as a good mood, a bad mood, or feeling low energy depending upon our vibrations (and of course, other health factors which also have an effect).  

When I visited a friend last year at her new home, I immediately felt a “good vibe” from being in her home, in other words, I felt welcome, relaxed, and comfortable. Was that her energy, mine, the music playing or something else in her home? Probably a combination.  

Sound healing therapists use sound that vibrates at different frequencies to help patients achieve a more relaxed state. The patient may meditate to voiced instruction that involves chanting or repeating phrases. Some use music to improve physical and emotional health by listening to different sounds. 

The bottom line is that sounds can have a positive effect on our brain and induce the same mental state as a meditation practice, shifting the brain waves to an alpha or even a theta state. Ninety five percent of the time we are in our beta brain wave state which is a state of arousal that keeps us alive, alert, and able to reason and think logically, although sometimes can keep us stuck in overthinking and anxiety.  

Meditation is the practice of calming the mind and tuning down the number of random thoughts that pass through it. This means changing the brain state, too. In an alpha state you are relaxed, alert and may feel a flow state of mind that can be achieved during quiet times- like a walk on the beach, gardening, or resting after completing a task.  

A regular meditation practice has been shown to induce a theta brain wave state, allowing us to experience deeper relaxation, reduced anxiety, openness, creativity, and calm.  

Teachers of yoga and meditation often use a singing bowl- which is simply a metal bowl played with a wooden dowel- one end is wood and the other is wrapped in a thin layer of suede to soften the sound. This technique uses sound vibrations to relax the body and the mind. When vibrations travel through the body, they promote circulation, energy flow, and rejuvenation. The frequency of the sound synchronizes with brainwaves and activates the relaxation response.  

Keep your ears open for sounds that resonate with you- sometimes just let yourself go and dance to music in your living room to shift your state of mind; other times a soothing sound may be the frequency that helps you to relax and heal. If you need a little help from technology, try youtube and type key words, meditation music or sound healing. There are two below. 

In the meantime, pay attention and notice energy and vibrations around you. Spend more time doing the things and being with people that enhance yours. You’ll know it when you feel it.  

Meditation Music for Anxiety and Stress 

Purple Electric Waves (4-7 HZ)