In the business realm, humans are pushed to their limits - long hours, meetings, brief periods to connect with their own being, timed breaks to eat and digest and nourish the body and mind. Deadlines, pitches, sales reports, achieving and advancing- All of these tasks can easily lead a human into a low-drum-constant state of stress and anxiety. It’s only natural to eventually inhabit a system that is out-of-tune with your real self.
A new wave of understanding Mindfulness Practices has emerged and humans are cluing on about it’s wonders- on the personal level, but also in the world of interpersonal relating in a business sense.
I’d love to note also- Therapy does not always have to be about ‘healing’ something. Employing forward thinking strategies to maintain a level of JOY and peace is the ultimate goal. Waiting until you’re stressed and reaching for aid is a widely accepted way to live- however, imagine waking up everyday saying HEY how can I aid my day to be supported to my best levels of clarity, fun, understanding, creativity. Within an Office space, guiding the individual energies of each human and connecting these upbeat or consciously crafted energies together to form one container of connectedness is the real deal.
How does sound work?
Sound works wonders in aiding a human or a team into homeostasis, balance, calm, efficient functioning of the nervous system, cognitive functions, sustainability of positive thought-patterns, deeper sleep states, improved creativity (which leads to improved states of joy!)
So- you may be thinking- how does sound do all this?
Sound works via RESONANCE-
Your body is not simply a fixed blob of matter- rather a range of vibrations at certain frequencies- when your body is inter-vibrating in harmony (think of the roles of the instruments within an orchestra) every part is tuned, working harmoniously and creating a beautiful symphony!
However, say an organ, or the string section is effected by poor sleep, joy-compacting pressures, stress - the system becomes detuned from the norm and out of key/ or out of tune! For the short term you wouldn’t be able to pick up the queues- however when more than one part of the whole becomes detuned horrible things follow!
Think about the office space- you’re one type of person, with particular ways of doing this, particular roles and jobs and likes and dislikes- an Individual! You could say that the wonderful aspects that make you, you create a certain key that you play your life in! However- in the Orchestra of the Office space- there are many individuals- individuals playing in their own certain key. You might naturally flow in the key of A Major and another in D minor (excuse the music theory basis) - you’re both correct in your own flow, however when played together there can be clashing notes, discord, unsettling sounds.
This is okay! This is a part of life. However, fighting this individuality and saying to the other “hey! We’re playing in this key, this specific set of notes” is naturally going to result in upset. One powerful way to view interactions with another is simply to remain in your own song, making sure your notes are being played in tune, strong, confidently and respecting the other to do the same.
One can easily and consciously direct specific tones, moods of sound, timbres, vibes into their body- a little like eating food for nutrients- you can absorb sound as a certain nutrient for the physical and mental and emotional self. Calming and stable tones (like that of a woodwind instrument) create a stable and calm vibration throughout the whole system. The nervous system can be simply affected by these stable tones from a state of high peaks and troughs to long, slow, smooth waves of operation.
Activating tones, music, beats, rhythms- think gongs, sharper sounds… hey, even Beyonce’s music.. they get you up and moving, create a specific pattern or shape of your bodies internal vibrations..
The more natural the source of the instrument, the purer the vibration- if you’re using instruments made out of plastic you’ll achieve a certain quality of work- if you’re using stronger materials like that from the earth you’re going to achieve a more natural and powerful result.
Your body employs resonance - where one stable vibration entrains another - a stronger and higher vibration will entrain the weaker.
Therefore- if you’re in a state of stress and anxiety, worry, over-worked, sleep-deprived- a pure stable tone, like that of a tuning fork, can vibrate through the systems of the body and literally raise the vibration of the cells to premium functionality.
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
— Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York.
“Make no mistake about it: stress kills. It’s associated with a variety of harmful medical conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and psychological conditions like depression and anxiety. Numerous surveys demonstrate that people feel more stressed at work in recent years than they ever have before.
The practice of mindfulness can reverse and reduce the impact of stress on your body.Studies have shown that mindfulness contributes to psychological well-being, improves brain and immune system functions, and even makes people more empathetic toward others. It’s also associated with lower medical costs and decreased absenteeism.”