Most people have some sound, natural or man-made, that they know can grab their minds and en-trance it. Gentle rainfall, a fan, crickets chirping, a train passing, a rocking chair.
The common features of these en-trancing found sounds is a fairly steady rhythm that is seduces our mind and emotions into following it. Just following. No need to be critical of anything. How can you be critical of ocean waves, hmm of a hair dryer, or a car moving down the highway on a long trip? First we follow the sound and then we allow ourselves to let the sound lead us as we turn off our evaluative minds. Our larger world drops away as the sound covers over other competing sounds that might distract us or at least keep us vigilant, listening for trouble.
Making the transition between being very active and being very internalized and deep can be hard but here is a method to make that journey. Use a favorite found sound is an easy, direct, usually highly effective way to ease into deeper relaxation.
Sounds to Try – Entrancing Found Sounds:
Water – rainfall (on many different types of surfaces)
Water – waterfall
Water – stream
Water – waves
Fire – bonfire, fireplace
Jumbled human voices (i.e. cafe sounds)
Motorboat on waves
Passing traffic on a city street
How to Find Them
Some of these are easy to find or setup such as floor fan, wind chimes, or ticking clock. If we can set them all we need to do then is position ourselves to hear them. Another way is use recordings via phone apps, desk computers, or mp3 files
See these sources for computer based found sounds:
Search your phone’s app store for: white sound; relaxation; and stress apps
Look through audio recordings at any large bookstore (online and bricks and mortar) or speciality seller of relaxation tunes.