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Sound: The Power of Vibration- Induced Brainwaves in Reducing Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

Sound: The Power of Vibration- Induced Brainwaves in Reducing Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

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The power of sound is a thing!

 

The history surrounding the use of sound for healing purposes dates back to ancient times in places like Egypt and India. 

 

In this day in age, the practice has evolved and introduced the world to a very unique kind of healer, often referred to as “Sound Healers.” 

 

Sound baths have become very popular as well. I wish to host my own sound bath one day, who knows, maybe you’ll join me. But, first I have to grow my Singing Bowl collection, as I presently only own one. 

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn how to use the benefit of sound in your everyday life to help alleviate certain ailments like anxiety, stress, and even depression?

 

 

For trauma survivors, finding a place of peace and relaxation can prove to be a challenge because we are often in a heightened state; overanalyzing and overthinking almost everything.

 

I’ve been there; can you relate?

 

You may be facing anxiety, stress, and depression on a daily basis. 

 

I’ve been using sound healing for some time now and at the end of the article, I’ll be sure to share how it’s been working out for me personally. I do recommend you give it a try.

 

But for now, let’s get to the good stuff.

 

Table of Content:

  1. A brief explanation of what Brain Waves are and what a Frequency is (not trying to get all sciency with this but I want you to know the basics so that you can better appreciate the process when you try it). 
  2. How sound affects your overall quality of life. 
  3. How to strategically use sound to manifest serenity, success, and abundance. 
  4. Last but not least, what happened to me the first time I tried it, how my practice has evolved, and how I use it now.

So what are Brain Waves?

 

In plain English, it is your brain working on different frequencies. One neuron connects with another and does the tango or the running man, it all depends on what frequency it’s on. What the neurons in your brain do, unbeknownst to you, is amazing and neurons use sound to create memory.

Click here to read an article which explains the different brain waves clearly enough, where the average non-neuroscientist (meaning us) will be able to better understand the different waves.

When you listen to music you can quickly induce a feel-good state of mind; this is the frequency that the music is supplying to your brain. 

Frequency meaning a pattern, that when repeated in a particular order, will cause your conscious mind to fall into a trance- like state. 

The frequency that it’s creating along with the beat itself, is causing a chemical reaction in your brain. 

 

This magical effect can really amp up your visualization exercises, workouts, or just get you out of a bad mood instantly. 

I’m sure you can think of a song that puts you in a good mood when you hear it. 

 

Think about this concept on a more complex level.

Just the other day, I overheard a conversation that two individuals were having on the train, here in New York City. The guy’s accent took me to a certain place and time in my life. 

It was 2003 and I was in Ponce, Puerto Rico; my beautiful native Island. An Island where everybody I spoke to had the same native accent.

Just the sound of this person’s accent made me feel fuzzy inside. It took me to such a good mental space. I vividly remembered my beautiful experience in Puerto Rico. The trip down memory lane happened to me on autopilot when I heard his Puerto Rican accent.

 

Has this ever happened to you? 

The sound of a mother’s voice can calm a crying baby, her humming may put them right to sleep.

The sound of church bells may cause you to think of your spirituality.

The sound of a loud bang can cause you to react impulsively; jump, duck, or even run.

The sound of the Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck can remind you of a summer day in NYC.

 

On a precise level, sound has been proven to provide synchronicity in mood and movement; conformity in thought and perception.

It’s deep stuff!

Neuroscientist and author R. Douglas Fields has conducted several studies on the human brain when certain stimuli (sound) is activated. Check out this very interesting article that further states the discoveries being made about perception in induced rhythmic brain waves. 

 

Here are 3 Ways To Use The Power of Sound 

 

1. Invest in a Singing Bowl

The sound and vibration that emanates from the Singing Bowl has grown popular and is helping heal and condition much of our immune system, amongst many other healing properties.

These sound bowls have been used for centuries in different cultures and very popular in the Himalayas. 

With all of the modern day studies surrounding sound and brain waves, it’s clear to see why they’ve worked in such a big way for such a long time.

You can begin to incorporate a sound bowl (or two , or three) to your meditation practice and allow the vibration to help alleviate tension caused from stress, anxiety, and much more.

As an added plus, there are very attractive and beautiful bowls on the market. They will add a beautiful kick of color and class to your meditation area.

 

2. Download some Binaural Beats and use them during meditation or visualization exercises.

The phenomenon of Binaural Beats in the practice of psychology is really taking Brain Waves and the progression of mental health by storm. I couldn’t wait to share this with you.

These beats are readily available for free on youtube.

You can use them for all purposes. Search for them while keeping a specific goal in mind. 

 

For example, you may enter ‘binaural beats for forgiveness’ or “…for ‘creativity,’ and so on.

You should begin listening to them right before bed, and I highly recommend it as this is the part of your day when your mind enters into an alpha state almost effortlessly. Alpha states allow for information to enter the deep depths of your subconscious, where all of our deep rooted beliefs and habits live.

Added bonus: You have to sleep sometime, so no need to schedule these sessions, just simply do it right before bed (whatever time that may be).

If you can manage to stay awake and meditate for at least 30 minutes before drifting off, then you will have begun a process of change that will begin to manifest itself in your reality in no time.

Shoot for 10 minutes minimum, and feel free to drift off while it’s still going. Your subconscious mind is always working, even while you sleep.

 

3. Download feel-good music; do it strategically!

Make sure that your personal playlist is a powerhouse. 

Every once in a while, you may listen to the occasional love song, but let’s be honest, most of them have a certain melancholy surrounding them. 

Whether or not you decide to tune into that frequency, understand that your brain will do so automatically.

 

For example, who reading this loves “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion? Right.

I don’t know about you, but it instantly reminds me of the movie “Titanic.” It instantly brings me to an emotional state of sadness or longing. It doesn’t mean that I’m sad, obviously, it’s just a song, but either way, considering what these studies prove, I am emanating a vibration. 

Your conscious state of mind has entered a wave that is sending a signal to the subconscious mind; your subconscious mind doesn’t know that it’s just a song.

 

Another example of this is watching a movie and not being aware of the soundtrack in the background. When a suspenseful scene is about to happen, the music intensifies and so does your brain. You become more attentive and excitement brews as you await what will happen.

I always loved this about watching novelas on univision with my mother, they take suspense to the next level. It’s what hooks you unconsciously!

Music can change your mood in a matter of seconds. 

It is used as a motivational tool all of the time. 

Most people who exercise regularly listen to motivational tunes. 

For a more Zen kind of work out like Pilates, or Yoga, soothing music or nature sounds are used to invoke a trans-like state of mind. 

Use this to your advantage and remain aware of your vibration by creating a powerhouse playlist. 

When you’re feeling low, pop your headphones in, or blast those speakers, and let the music change the trajectory of your manifestations.

It’s that simple. I challenge you to go and revamp your entire music playlist now.

 

My First Binaural Encounter!

 

Now, I’d like to share what happened to me the first time that I tried meditating while listening to binaural beats 4 years ago. It’s kind of funny when I think back, but it was so real and an absolute revealing moment in my life!

I had just put my daughter to sleep and her father worked the night shift, so I thought to myself, this is the perfect time to try this new “brain wave” thing I’ve been reading so much about.

I put my headphones in and searched on youtube for Binaural Beats, but I did not SPECIFY what kind.

 

If only I could remember the exact video I stumbled upon, I would’ve definitely shared it with you, but I don’t. What I do remember is that the video emphasized that the binaural beat itself, would help balance my chakras and help activate my “third eye.”

I was a beginner at the time balancing my chakras and working with Healing Crystals. 

I laid flat on my back, placed my sodalite between both of my eyes, slightly above my brows, inserted my headphones, and pressed play.

(Sodalite is a healing crystal that promotes calmness, deepened intuition, and emotional balance, amongst other wonderful things. If you are interested, Click here to view my very first Healing Crystal Set, I’ve since built a pretty lucrative collection of healing crystals. I absolutely love them!)

 

I remember thinking, “this is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to feel more intuitive and enlightened.”

Literally, about 4 minutes into the meditation, I felt spooked! 

I’m almost positive that I had an outer body experience. 

I felt very light, as if I were floating on my bed, and then I felt a presence in the room. Yes, a presence, as if someone else was in the room with me (not anything evil or anything, just a presence).

Right before I opened my eyes, I removed the headphones and for that exact moment, I felt as if I were in a dream.

Until this day, I arguably tell myself that I drifted off to sleep in that short span of time in some form of hypnotic state, and was possibly moving into a full fledged lucid dream (alpha state).

 

However, I jumped out of whatever state of mind I was invoking and within seconds I was fully aware and in full control again. Thinking back, it could have been a very beautiful experience, but I clearly wasn’t ready for it.

I conducted extensive research and began to practice using binaural beats again. Fast forward 3 years later, and I’m able to perform self-hypnosis while meditating using my crystals and beats, without feeling fearful. It’s amazing.

 

What I suggest you do is search for what you need intently, and begin to use binaural beats gradually. Start off with a frequency of about 417HZ, then work your way up from there. 

That’s exactly what I did and now I feel amazing in more ways than one.

Also, use one technique at a time. Don’t try a mantra, or incorporate a programmed healing crystal (like I did), while listening to binaural beats, or anything like that for the beginning stages. 

 

So, that pretty much wraps up this Brainwave 101 Class people! 

 

I really hope you enjoyed that, because I sure got a kick out of writing it for you!

 

Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

Would you like more posts like this one in the future? Drop a comment and let me know!

 

If you found this post helpful please share and feel free to leave comments, spark a conversation, share your experience, or your own mind hacks.  

Overall, remember that happiness is the true path to success, not the other way around.

 

I truly do appreciate you!

Can My Attachment Style Affect My Relationships?

Can My Attachment Style Affect My Relationships?

We all have an attachment style, and it has been since infancy.

 

There are 4 different types that you may have, some good and some bad. 

 

We will explore all 4 to see which one you classify with and if you realize that your adult life is off balance due to your attachment style, we will also explore how you can change it. 

 

Content:

What an attachment style is, an example of the attachment, and the tendencies you may have developed as an adult in each respective attachment category.

 

The 4 attachment styles are as follows:

 

  1. Secure Attachment 
  2. Anxious Ambivalent Attachment
  3. Anxious/ Dismissive- Avoidant Attachment
  4. Disorganized/ Disoriented Attachment

 

I will break each one down into easy to understand terms later on in this article –

 

Attachment Theory in the world of psychology is an ever-changing study, due to differences in culture, and other factors such as your environment, etc. However, studies are able to pinpoint that the forms of attachments that you develop during infancy and early childhood are pretty common, and they’re also the key components of your social and emotional development well into adulthood.

 

I will explain each theory and give some examples, with this you can pretty much choose what kind of attachment style you were exposed to growing up and work on it from its root, which is what Attitude On Ten is all about.

 

Here we go!

Secure Attachments

Having your needs met entirely and receiving the attention that you needed as an infant and child defines Secure Attachments. Feeling secure and having the knowledge that one or both parents (guardian/caretaker) were readily available to cater to your basic needs, would be the basis of forming an early secure attachment. 

 

For example:

 

If you grew up in a household where you were able to receive at the very least, one of your parents’ undivided attention from birth, and into your early childhood years, then more than likely you have a root of secure attachment. 

 

As an adult: You are pretty well rounded when it comes to buiding relationships. You have high regards for your self worth which instills a sense of adventure and risk taking in life when trying new things and going for what you want head on. You have a good level of overall communication skills.

 

Anxious Ambivalent Attachment

The definition of ambivalent shines a light on this form of attachment: 

 

“Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.”

 

In this case, as a child, you may have been confused about your parent’s (guardian/caregiver) role because they lacked consistency in providing the necessary attention and care to form a secure attachment. One day you may have felt cared for, and the next a blur with basic needs not met. As a child, the fear of abandonment is present with this form of attachment.

 

For example:

 

If you grew up in a household where you witnessed constant fighting and arguing, then the next day everything seemed fine; very confusing and unbalanced for a young brain to process (this theory is closely correlated with experiencing any form of child abuse in the household.) 

 

Maybe one day your parent (guardian/caretaker) was very affectionate and attentive, then the next they were standoffish and easily annoyed by you; you may have developed Anxious Ambivalent Attachments.

 

As an Adult: You may seek constant validation in relationships and find it difficult to trust people to persistent (does he or she really love me? Will this really last?). You may experience outbursts of emotional expressions that you later regret (impulsivity), and you tend to over analyze almost everything. Overthinking and feeling fear of losing something or someone, will have you feeling defenseless or often defensive during interactions. 

 

Anxious/ Dismissive- Avoidant Attachment

In this case, as an infant and child, your needs were not met. Experiencing constant rejection for your emotional and basic needs leads to Anxious/ Dismissive- Avoidant Attachment.

 

For example:

 

A crying baby is a way of communication and a “cry for attention,” it warrants the parents (guardian/caretaker) response, when the cue is ignored or rejected time and time again, it sends a dismissive message to the infant. It’s what leads to the anxiousness, because though the basic needs are not met, they are naturally still a necessary process to form secure attachment. Furthermore, an infant becomes dismissive of natural tendencies to become attached to a parent (guardian/caretaker) because they are constantly rejected.

 

As an Adult: You may compensate for the loss of attention and constant rejection by providing this for yourself. You have become overly independent and may even be referred to a a workaholic or plain emotionally unavailable. You find it hard to show deep emotion toward any one individual and would rather save yourself the frustration or possible rejection by keeping to yourself. The relationships you have only scratch the surface, you don’t consider much closeness.

Disorganized/ Disoriented Attachment

This form of attachment can be directly linked to the Anxious Ambivalent and Anxious/ Dismissive- Avoidant Attachment Theories, in the sense that this form of attachment can not draw a definitive conclusion of what causes it, only that it can be due to a variety of neglectful behavior on the part of the parent (guardian/caregiver) that leads the child to fear based characteristics. 

This form of attachment would lead to a mix of behavior from the child, from trying to get attention at times, to trying to avoid the parent (guardian/caretaker) all together. This attachment is very inconclusive. However studies show that a large sum of parents with children in this classification of attachment have suffered some form of trauma and are depressed (the parent that is).

 

For example:

 

If you grew up in a home where a parent (guardian/caregiver) had a substance abuse problem, suffered a traumatic loss, was battling mental health issues, or anything of that nature, then they weren’t readily equipped to provide the necessary tools for you to gain a secure attachment. With this environment in the home, your attachment style may be well between the last two, plus some added characteristics. 

 

As an Adult: You carry characteristics form the last two attachments, tied to resistance. So, at times you may be fearful of relationships, then at other times you feel you want them. Sometimes you feel emotionally stable and ready to independently take the world on, then there are times where you question your abilities and feel you need others due to emotional instability and deep rooted fear. 

 

What you can do to change your style of attachment

 

You must first become acutely aware of it. You can take a trip into your family history by simply asking your elders or trying to recollect your youngest childhood years, well into your teenage years, and there is a high chance that your treatment during your infant years wasn’t too far off.

 

Awareness alone will begin to form changes in your perspective when it comes to your attachment style as an adult, but you must do what I call the “Deep Impact Mind Work” in order to get to the root beliefs that were programmed into your mind during the progression of your attachment style.

 

That includes performing daily exercises that will create new neural activity that will then create new beliefs in your subconscious mind; creating new experiences in your conscious reality.

 

I know that sounds super complicated, but the point I want you to walk away with is that changing your style of attachment is not impossible, just like any long sustaining change that you may be trying to make in your life, it will take some time and effort. 

 

That which took time to learn and build unintentionally, will also take time to unlearn and rebuild intentionally.

Whether it was good or bad for you does not matter, your biological responses just are. Now as an adult, you can sway your results by becoming educated about your biological response system, and purposely create new experiences.

 

Does that resonate with you at all?

 

You can take your time to learn about yourself on a deeper level and get to the root of why you live the life that you do today, and only then can you really change it.

 

I hope that the information herein has helped set you in the direction of enriching your relationships by altering possible toxic attachment styles that were once out of your direct control.

Now that you know, you can begin to make the changes that you really want. 

 

If you found this post helpful please share and feel free to leave comments, spark a conversation, share your experience.  

Overall, remember to always be the best version of yourself and keep your Attitude on Ten!

I truly do appreciate you.