You are actually bathing in sound right now. We are constantly bombarded with sounds from our appliances, like fridges; our devices that ring and beep, traffic sounds, construction noise, airplanes overhead or boats passing by. If we tune inwards, we can hear our heart beating and even thoughts thinking.
All of these sounds are vibrations, energy moving at various frequencies. Some are audible and all are affecting our energy in some way.
You may also be responding to your moods and preferences by choosing to listen to some music to uplift your spirits or to calm and relax you in the evening. When you go to a music concert, you could say you are entering a sound bath as you walk into the concert hall (the container) and immerse yourself in music. The concert program may take you through several different emotions. You may feel happy and uplifted or inspired after this experience.
You can change your tone of voice to help someone else calm down. When a child hurts him or herself, you may put your arms around them and speak soothing words to help them through it.
When you laugh or cry, you may feel the vibrations of the sounds in your body, and also feel a release of tension as you express the emotion with your voice. When you go to a sports event you may be immersed in sounds from the crowd and may also participate with your own sounds. Emotions run high, as does the volume of the audible sounds.
It can be very helpful to start noticing how different sounds feel in your body and becoming aware of where you feel them and what effects they have. If you practice this in a mindful and non-judgmental way, you may find that you hear more sounds and are aware of a greater variety of sounds. Get curious about what you hear and feel. Then you can make more conscious choices about what sounds contribute to feeling good and that you want to fill your environment with.
A bath is immersing yourself into a container of water to cleanse and relax.
A sound bath is immersing yourself into a field of sound to relax and allow the body to heal itself on all levels: mind, body, spirit. It can be given by a sound healing practitioner or by yourself. You can do it individually or in a group.
Sound is energy vibrating at different frequencies. We, too, are energy, vibrating at different frequencies. We hear sounds and we feel the vibrations. Our bodies react and respond to vibrations, whether or not we can hear or feel them. Think of Ultrasound, which can be used to see into a woman’s womb and show us how the fetus is developing. Then think of the sound of an airplane flying overhead. We may or may not pay attention to the noise, but our body still reacts. We may cover our ears if it is really loud, or we may choose to tune it out.
Jonathan Goldman has coined the phrase: Sound plus intention equals healing. A sound bath can be offered with a specific healing intention. The sound amplifies the intention and as you relax with the sounds, your body is freed to do its natural work of bringing you back into harmony and balance. This works on an emotional level, too. You may take a hot bath after a stressful day at work. If you suffer from chronic stress, you may take a sound bath with an intention to release stress and tension. You may begin to feel more vitality and strength and start changing your life to reduce the causes of the stress.