Wednesday, May 5, 2010


How many times has it happened to us? Music, played even at the most inopportune time, can make you want to get up and dance! There is something about the vibrations that sets the body a tingling. It must be the sound waves!
Loud Rock/Jazz can increase the heart rate and soothing notes can be a stress buster. Heal with music and attain tranquility in times of intense mind cacophony. There are times when your mind goes off all alone on a bullet train trip! Bring it back to you by listening to some music.
Listen to this and this
Mind and Music: Any sound, be it the music of a violin or the rhythmic pattern of rain on the rooftop is composed of vibrations of the air that surrounds us. Our outer ear behaves like an antenna, receives, captures and funnels these sound waves into the middle ear. The captured waves vibrate the eardrum and tiny bones of the middle ear to amplify and pass the sound to the inner ear. The inner ear's cochlea, a fluid-filled coil lined with neurons, converts the mechanical energy of these vibrations into electrical energy and transmits it to the brain. As the transformed sound waves move through the brain, they generate motor responses, emotions, hormone release and higher order processes; recognition and memory recall. In other words, the brain guides the body's response, physiological, emotional and biochemical depending on the sound pattern. For example, a loud noise may frighten us, while the sound of ocean waves may calm us. Source
Mantra and Man: Mantras are considered to be divine rhymes composed by the ancient Vedic Rishis/saints in Sanskrit. They are energy-based sounds and are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that instill one-pointed concentration in the devotee. Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies etc. They are a combination of magical/mystical words and sound waves and  are recited to relax the mind. Source
Sound therapySound in any of its forms is a source of energy. As an energy source, it can be used as a tool for a change of consciousness and wellbeing.  Sound therapy is based on the theory that all of life vibrates, including people's bodies. When a person's healthy resonant frequency is out of balance, physical and emotional health is affected.  In sound therapy the sound vibrations create a “molecular” massage, stimulating each cell toward its proper resonating frequency. When our cells, tissues, organs and glands are all resonating in harmony, profound healing can occurfrom 'Sacred Sounds' by Ted Andrews

Music and the Species: Newborn babies enter the world kicking, screaming and already able to feel the beat.

They exhibit the same pattern of brain activity as adults listening to an unexpectedly disrupted rhythm, which could be a clue to the nature of the human relationship to music. Source .... Thank you, 'The', for the link.

Music is a balm, the soul it modulates,
Its harmony vibrates, every cell within us.

As esoteric siren, the mind it enchants.
Sets all hearts asinging, in tune and chorus.

All feet tap, in pure delight
And all fingers snap, as in music we merge.

Every part of us throbs, in concert trill,
Breaking into a dance, at the drop of a note.

A high that enlivens, sending up a thrill,
Love floats in the air, that vibrates with music.

Sweet music engulfs, as in a trance I float,
And strings of the heart, vibes of ache create.

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Shri Ram Ayyangar said...

A good soul stirring Music to ear is a divine feeling which gives immense peace to the heart & mind.

Tulika said...

Reverberating indeed. Soothed something deep within.

Nice verse :)

Viyoma said...

Very true!! As i read thru..i went back to the time when i actually exprerienced every written word of urs!!

Nice to come across ur blog, added my self as the 100th follower!!

Rajlakshmi said...

the feeling that music gives is described so well...
music is the best therapy we can indulge into :)

Nalini Hebbar said...

@ Ayyangar...indeed peace away from the madding crowd.

Nalini Hebbar said...

@Tulika...Thanks:)...Happy it stirs the within

Nalini Hebbar said...

@Vyo...Welcome to my blog...hope you visit often...and thanks for following...and we feel alike about music...;)

@ Rajalakshmi...thanks:)

Unknown said...

I watched a documentary about new research showing that humans are born with an innate response to music. You might find this article interesting.

Neha Anand said...

:) can totally relate to your article..good music touches the soul within

Rajendra Raikwar said...

I will surely come back For more.