Sunday, 8 February 2009

A Voice for Good Feelings

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet.

In today's post I'll tell you a sound way for switching from bad feelings to those bubbling, soothing good ones. This will develop in the next post, so keep reading.

Various peoples' voices have been described as 'diamonds dipped in caramel', 'the velvet fog' and 'a thousand tingling bells.'

I heard someone on the radio say that where ever a thought goes, a chemical goes too. This had me thinking more about what I say to myself (inner dialogue) and the way I say it. What I say creates feelings in my body that are simplistically put, pleasant or not. I know this because I'm hearing and feeling the experience everyday.

Using your Voice for a Change
To clarify this you can do a simple exercise. Only progress so far with this, as you feel comfortable in doing. If at any point it's less than good for you, get up, do something else. You can always return to it again.
  • Remember a time when someone said something to you that made you feel 'bad'. I wont bother giving any examples, as you can probably find some from your schooldays or other institutional gatherings.
  • Now as you remember that time concentrate on the sound of the voice.
  • Notice what happens when you hear this voice. What feelings are you experiencing?
  • What does it sound like? How loud is it? What speed is it spoken? What direction is it moving in?
  • Change the voice to a different one - a voice that immediately sounds ridiculous. For example, it can be slobbering and incoherent or a voice from a ridiculous cartoon character - and there's plenty to choose from.
  • Now reduce the speed of the voice and decrease the volume so its barely a whisper.
  • Now move the voice far away from you, in the direction you feel is best. Move it as far as you want, so it is difficult if not impossible to hear. Maybe it's disappeared.
  • What improvements are you noticing in your feelings?
Read on to Create Even More....
  • Remember something a person said to you that made you feel good or wonderful. Alternatively, say something to yourself that has the same positive response.
  • What does it sounds like? How loud is it? What speed is it spoken? What direction is it moving in?
  • When you hear this voice what happens? What feelings are you experiencing?
  • Play with the volume of this voice. Increase or decrease it, to spread those good feelings.
  • Change the direction of the voice if it helps you experience good feelings more intensely.
  • If it's really good, imagine what you can feel wrapped inside the voice.
  • Repeat the word or phrase and remember, how good it feels to speak to yourself in this kind of voice.
Read my next post, to hear even more imaginative ways to use your voice for relaxing experiences.

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