Vancouver is a beautiful and bustling city. The natural beauty there is astonishing, offering you so many ways to replenish body, mind and spirit.
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However, a big and bustling city is noisy. Our Vancouver family lives beside one of the busiest streets downtown. The last time I visited there, with windows open all day and night, I was woken up at night several times from excessive noise – noisy mufflers, ambulances, trucks and, at times, loud conversation from the patio of the 24 hour coffee shop across the street.
Noise stimulates the release of stress hormones. And I could feel this happening in myself. There wasn’t much I could do about the noise, but there are all kinds of things I can do to decrease the effect of stress hormones running rampant. One of my favorites is nature sounds.
The healthiest sounds for the human being are water, birdsong and wind.
The human family evolved with the sounds of water – showing us where to find this essential sustenance.
We evolved with the songs of the birds letting us know when it was safe in the forest – or a signal of possible danger when the birds suddenly stopped singing.
We evolved with the phenomenal range of sounds of the wind that gave us gentle, cool relief on a hot day or sent us to shelter with a deafening roar or helped us with our sense of direction.
From tens of thousands of years of having these sounds in our environment, our bodies and nervous systems respond with health.
But over the past few hundred years, that environment has changed dramatically. Especially for those of us who live and work in cities.
Here, there is a sound scape that we did not evolve with. Our nervous systems have no reference point for how to deal with these sounds.
So what happens is – stress hormones are released by our nervous systems.
Is that healthy? No, especially over the long term.
The European Union has begun to study the effects of traffic noise on people in member countries. Here are some of the things they found:
- Traffic noise is associated with between 200,000 and 250,000 cases of heart disease every year. Of those, 50,000 die.
- 16 million people can’t sleep.
- Noise is impacting the health of 125 Million people within the European Union – That’s 4 times the population of Canada!
As you can see, noise is creating a significant health problem for those who live in cities. One you may not even be aware of.
And we are deficient in the healthy sounds of wind, water and birds – like being deficient in Vitamin D in the winter months in the northern hemisphere.
Nature sounds are a wonderful way to encourage your body, mind and spirit to respond with natural health.
Because of this, I am offering you a given a gift of an MP3 download of my CD “Woodland Song.” It is a blissful hour of the sounds of soft bubbling water to relax your body and birdsong to keep you focused while you work, or to even help you sleep.
Click below to visit the download page.