It’s a time of the year when we turn our attention to our heart. The Heart and Stroke Foundation reminds us to keep our heart healthy. Valentine’s Day reminds us how important love and connection is to our wellbeing.
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, sound is food for your nervous system. Your heart is part of your nervous system.
So let’s have some fun with sounds that feed your heart.
3 Tips to Nourish Your Heart
1. Slow Down with a Slow Beat
When you are feeling stressed, your heart beats faster increasing blood pressure. If you continue to feel stressed over the long term, this creates a tremendous load on your heart and leads to all kinds of health issues.
Few people know that when you walk into the grocery store, where there is always music playing, it takes only MINUTES for your heartbeat to match the beat of the music. You have no off switch to this response. It works even if you are paying no attention to the music.
When the music changes your heartbeat, this also affects your breathing and brainwave rhythms. These three systems are intimately connected. When you change one of them, you change all three.
Use this natural tendency of your heart to follow the beat of music to help it to slow down. A relaxed heartbeat falls between 50 and 70 beats per minute.
Check your music collection for music that has a beat that falls within this range. Even if the music is just played in the background, your heart will match the beat within a few minutes. Your breathing and brainwave state will follow along and your body will move into a relaxed state.
2. Back to Nature
Nature sounds, like birdsong, gently bubbling water, waves or wind are sounds that create a healthy response. Most people feel relaxed, calm, focused and peaceful.
Gentle bubbling sounds of a water fountain or stream calms you down. The crashing of waves is a wonderful way to distract the chattering mind.
Wind can relax you with the gentle rustling of leaves in a summer breeze, delightful wind chimes or even just listening to your own breath.
Listening to birdsong creates a feeling of safely. Our ancestors knew that when the birds were singing, it was safe. When the birds stopped singing, there may be danger near.
3. Super Sound for Your Heart
Have you ever noticed how deeply touching it is when someone sings to you? Just you? It might have been special people singing happy birthday or a best friend or lover singing a special song to you. It touches your heart like nothing else can.
There is a sound, that you can sing, that will touch your heart and nourish it deeply. That is super sound!
- Bring your awareness to your heart, or heart chakra.
- Sing a soft and gentle ahhhh as you continue to focus on your heart.
- Notice if there is a response from your heart.
- Adjust the sound, higher or lower, until you feel a tingling or warmth there.
- Continue to sing this sound to your heart, for 5 to 20 minutes.
- Notice your response.
You may also want to journal, draw or write about your response. Nourishing your heart with the sound of your own voice is a wonderful way to support not only your physical health, but your emotional health as well.