The Music All Around Us
Our sense of hearing is simply wonderful. It enables us to notice the alarm going off in the morning, signaling the time to wake up and start the day. It lets us hear the birds sing right outside our window as we fumble out of bed. It lets us listen to what other people have to say to us, sending those signals into our brain in order to make sure we interpret their meaning correctly.
Hearing allows us to enjoy our favorite music or the welcoming bark of our dog when we arrive home from work. It lets us know when the water is boiling and ready for tea, and can leave us in a boisterous burst of laughter when someone cracks up a hilarious joke.
Our ears can catch sounds ranging from a very shrill cry to the bass chords of a melancholic song. As a sense that we rely so much on to communicate, we don’t really pay much attention to it. But this life-saving sense can easily alert us in case of any danger, reaching beyond its usual power to ‘keep an eye’ out for you, detecting every single sound, no matter how small. In other words, our sense of hearing almost instinctively becomes sharper than usual when we’re faced with dire situations.
Scientifically, our sense of hearing allows us to recognize stimulus coming from any point or angle near us. While our sense of sight is limited to what’s in our field of vision that is within a range of approximately 180°, hearing can cover a much broader area. You can hear the whistle of a train blowing miles away as well as a soft whisper right behind you.
Our ears are the instruments that connect us to the music all around, from the tapping of raindrops on the windshield to an orchestra symphony playing on the radio. The sounds in a certain environment create an atmosphere that is hard to replicate with any other sense. There are also sounds we consciously or subconsciously associate with the important people in our lives and that often make us feel nostalgic when we hear them. For instance, you might walk into a house one day where the door squeaks in a way that sends you back to your grandmother’s house, where the door made that same exact sound. Perhaps you didn’t even really pay attention to it back then but the sound experience somehow engraved itself into your memory. This displays the power of sound and the significance of the sense of hearing in our lives, not just considering our physical safety but also our mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.
Try taking a moment from the daily chaos and sit back somewhere, close your eyes and listen. If you take the time to listen to what’s around you – perhaps the foreign accents of people walking by, the steam released by an engine train, or even the guy singing softly out of tune on his way home — you can learn to appreciate the musical beauty in it.