When we think of a music festival, we think of an adult playground where everything that’s bad for us is all abound. Vices take control and we let loose at the expense of our own health. While this is fulfilling in the moment and can be one of the best experiences of our lives, there is something missing in the festival circuit that caters to our well-being.
To counter the traditional festival experience, Jeff Bausemer created East Meets West festival. This new type of music and lifestyle festival combines wellness and wisdom and covers topics on everything from music, art, technology, and innovation.
I had a chance to attend the festival this year in NYC and not only got to learn about topics ranging from Buddhism to marketing to acupuncture, but also experienced things like reiki therapy and meditation — very different than my typical festival experience.
One of the topics at the festival that stood out to me most was sound therapy, and how it can affect our health and wellness. We know all too well that music can lift our mood, soft sounds can help us sleep and lack of sounds or complete silence is where we find peace. But what about when we want to use sounds and music as a form of therapy? Whether you’re fighting depression, need help with a sleeping disorder or want to manage your stress, sound therapy has endless healing powers:
1. Use therapeutic sounds as a tool to disconnect from your typical busy thoughts.
Many wellness techniques and practices like yoga and meditation focus on bringing our thoughts back to ourselves in order to dive deeper into our own minds. To quiet those erratic and often random thoughts, we can actually use music and sounds to increase focus and decrease stress levels.
2. Focus on meaningful music instead of using it as background noise.
So often we put our ear buds in to drown out the world. It’s become such a habit that we don’t even realize we’re listening to music. Instead, try finding music that brings you peace or has lyrics that are meaningful to you and really focus on the sounds, lyrics and rhythms.
3. Use chanting and toning techniques.
Chanting and toning refers to the act of using your own voice to activate your body. The techniques fundamentally use vibrations created by the body while singing to affect different areas of the body. The resonating of these vibrations has been found to be healing and calming.
4. Dance it out.
You don’t need to make music and sound therapy complicated. Even dancing to your favorite song can increase your endorphin output and switch up the way you normally listen to music.
5. Write a song.
Many stress management methods and remedies for depression will encourage you to step outside of yourself and away from busy and damaging thoughts. Writing is a great way to temporarily escape your mind and focus on one thing. Writing a song is even more fun and promotes the creative process at the same time.