Whether we are conscious of it or not, sound surrounds us virtually every moment of the day. There are good sounds – ones that soothe, calm, heal, energize or simply make us smile – and those which have the opposite effect, stressing both body and mind – think sirens, jackhammers, lawnmowers and so on. With its power to create both positive and negative responses throughout the body, it’s important to be conscious of the types of sound we’re exposing ourselves to every day.
Growing up white in Apartheid South Africa in the 50’s and 60’s, my exposure to African culture was through my maid and I was lucky enough to be introduced to the beautiful music and rhythms which are integral to African culture. Music was blaring from her radio all day and this instilled in me a love for the rhythm and beats of African music. I became an avid lover of music, in particular world music, and music and rhythm became an essential part of my life. But it was only in the last 10 years, after I had already been practicing medicine for 20 years, that I realized the importance of rhythm to health.
What does it mean to be connected to your body, to be able to listen to it at a visceral level and how does that happen? In my experience feeling into your body is a matter of intention. When I awaken I set the stage for my day by awakening my body through movement. Although… Read more »
Your body contains an autonomic mechanism that synchs you up with strong, external rhythms, pulses or beats, a phenomenon known as entrainment. Actually we entrain to the rhythms around us all the time, although we are not aware of it most of the time. Relationship between external rhythms and your inner rhythms The relationship between… Read more »
Humans as a microcosm of the universe: As opposed to Western Medicine, other cultural medicines view humans as a microcosm of the universe, postulating that the human body behaves according to the same natural laws that govern all living process. One of the core theories of Chinese philosophy and Chinese Medicine is that we humans… Read more »