A Sound Life

Tweet! 6″ x 6″ encaustic by Courtney Putnam

“We often speak of desiring ‘sound’ lives without realizing how telling the phrase is. By focusing on the sound of my life, I can alter and improve my life. What is the tone of my voice? What is the tone of my environment? As I focus on the ‘pitch’ of my life, I can create harmony. My voice, the music I choose, even the tone of my prayers–all these factors contribute to my life’s being ‘sound.'”

– Julia Cameron, Transitions

I don’t know about you, but the coming of spring alerts my ears first. Yes, the days are getting longer (thank goodness for light!), but the birds are emerging from their hiding places–their little wintry nooks–and they’re talking!

Spring seems to be arriving early this year in Seattle and I can hear it coming. With this awareness of bird sounds, I’ve also become more aware of all the sounds in my life. For instance, I’ve been hearing my own voice a lot more lately now that I am teaching a college writing class. This is new for me. I’m not a “talker” and here I am listening to myself say things that I usually reserve for writing. Last night, I returned from teaching with a hoarse voice. I actually liked feeling that hoarseness. I’ve spent most of my life holding back speech, reserving it for creative expression, and hoarding it away for fear of being “wrong” in some way. That hoarseness is a sign that I am taking risks. I like the sound of that.

I also like the sound of music with a bit more of a light beat to it. This fall and winter I listened to a chakra chants album over and over. My partner would politely ask me to turn down the volume at bedtime when I wanted to listen to those deep, almost Gregorian chanting sounds. He’d say, “Doesn’t that feel a little intense?” At the time, no it didn’t feel intense, but now, now that spring is coming, those chants feel too deep and heavy. I am searching for light sounds — music that makes me think of the flapping of birds’ wings.

And I think I’m wanting to feel lighter in general. I want to surround myself with light and lightness. Let me fly. Let me hear the wind spiral in my ears.

What sounds are you drawn to right now and what sounds are you ready to return to the depths of fall and winter for their own hibernation? How do you want your life to sound? And are you finding ways to make it so?


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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3 Responses to A Sound Life

  1. Madison says:

    I love this, I love this, darling.
    Your blog is so glorious. I stumbled across it and found myself captivated. Please visit my personal blog sometime;

    Afternoon Tea:

  2. I will most certainly visit your blog, Madison!

    And yes, GREEN!


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