Sound can have an incredible impact on our emotions. For instance, an old song playing on the radio can that bring back a flood of memories and put a big grin on your face or make us feel all melancholy or sad.
The sound of a bubbling brook may produce a calming effect, or the blaring of a siren may induce panic. What sounds make you feel calm? What sounds inspire and uplift you?
I like to go for a walk in the early morning as the sun begins to rise and the birds begin to awake. It is a time when I can reflect and set my intention for the day. Listening to the sounds of nature as I walk along a river gives me a sense of peace and gratitude. Being surrounded by nature and a multitude of bird life is something I am particularly grateful for.
Below is a recording of a parcel of bushland that I pass on my morning walk. It is a roosting place for a multitude of birds, mainly parrots – sulfur crested cockatoos, corellas, and rainbow lorikeets. The squawking and screeching as I approach is quite distinct and watching the parrots perform aerial acrobatics or hang upside on flimsy branches is fun to watch.
I call this time of the day that the birds are about to fly off in search of food the ‘beak hour’ as their noisy goings on for the surrounding neighbours lets them know what time of the day it is!
It is important to surround yourself with sounds that make you feel good.
Whether you like listening to classical music to calm or uplift you, or modern music to energise you, music is a great place to start with the sounds that you surround yourself with.
Spending time in family situations that bring harmony and joy is another way to surround yourself with good vibrations. Family banter can bring out the joy within us.
Positive light-hearted friends are great as they can make you laugh with their antics.
A great joke or even watching a comedian can change our mood instantly.
Make sure that you surround yourself with people who are positive and uplifting – people who encourage and support you.
Nature is also a great healer. Walking along the shore or sitting by a waterfall or bubbling brook can create a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
Not only is the sounds we are receiving important, but also the sounds that we are making.
Refrain from talking ill of others or criticising. For the words we speak are having an impact on others.
Always speak kindly of others. Give encouragement, for in the giving we can create great joy for others and ourselves.
The greatest bit of sound advice that I can give you is to simply listen.
Whether it is simply listening to others so that they feel ‘heard’ or being present in every moment to the sounds in your environment.
Happiness is about being present rather than being lost in our thoughts. Our ears are a great channel to connect us to the present moment.
Our ears are also a tool for us to access the happiness that is always there if we simply take the time to hear it.
That is where listening leads to ‘blissening’.