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  • Writer's pictureMadhurima Sappatti

Harmonizing Stress through Chanting: A Melodic Stress Management Journey

Stress Management through Chanting
Stress Management through Chanting

Introduction:

In the bustling chaos of daily life, stress can often disrupt our internal and interpersonal harmony. As we embark on the stress management journey, let's explore how chanting becomes a melodic cornerstone for stress management.


Understanding Chanting:

Chanting is essentially repeating a word or phrase, a set number of times using tone and breath. It helps bring our awareness within and increases focus while establishing a rhythm.



The Rhythmic Resonance in Stress Management:

Chanting, with its rhythmic and repetitive nature, becomes a powerful anchor for the mind in stress management. As Bessel van der Kolk in his book 'The Body Keeps The Score' emphasizes, rhythmicity is one of the ways we can create a sense of safety within ourselves. This rhythmic resonance not only grounds us but also provides a stable platform to navigate our stress.


Internal Rhythm in Stress Management:

When stress takes center stage, our internal rhythm can feel out of tune. Chanting, a vital tool in stress management, helps us bring our body to re-establish the internal rhythm. Drawing from van der Kolk's insights, anything that promotes a rhythmic, repetitive motion helps to regulate the body. Through chanting, we can recalibrate our internal orchestra, finding a symphony of balance amidst the chaos of stress.



Interpersonal Connectivity in Stress Management:

Chanting need not be a solo performance in stress management. Group chanting fosters a sense of community and shared purpose, crucial elements in stress management. According to van der Kolk, being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health. Group chanting becomes a collective journey toward mutual support, creating connections that act as pillars against the stressors of life.



Best Tips to Get Started -

Follow along for some best tips on getting started with your Chanting Journey.

  1. Start small. Simply start by listening to some chants online, and find ones that you really resonate with almost instantly.

  2. Get familiar. Spend time simply listening to the chants. Familiarize yourself with the tone and the words.

  3. Get comfortable. When you are getting started on this journey, try not to push yourself too much. Be comfortable and allow your body to relax!

  4. Allow movement. Often when listening to chants you might notice your body start to sway slowly. Allow that to happen. (Remember to keep breathing deeply. You are all right)

  5. Start chanting. Start by slowly chanting along with the singer and allowing your body to move.

  6. Play around with tempo and loudness. You will find a lot of different ways to chant the same word/phrase online. Find ones you align with. You might need different tempos and loudness for different scenarios.

  7. Have a playlist. Create a playlist with your favorite chants for easy access any time you need support with stress management.

  8. Simply follow the singer. While you can definitely chant on your own in silence or with musical instruments, when beginning your journey, it is totally okay to simply follow the singer, especially when stressed. This can help you re-establish your internal rhythm with the help of someone else who is setting the tone!

  9. Experiment. Don't be afraid to experiment. A lot of people love to dance and sway in their spots when listening to chants. Allow any and all movements to happen. This helps re-establish the rhythm quicker!

Here are my favorite chants all in a playlist if you would like to explore some right away!


Conclusion:

In the symphony of stress, chanting emerges as a soothing melody, offering profound benefits for stress management. Embrace the power of chanting, guided by the wisdom of healing frequencies, as a versatile and accessible tool for stress management. Let the harmonious vibrations guide you towards a calmer, more balanced existence.

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