Have you heard?

Have you heard the birds?

It’s spring migration time for most birds and also mating time (hey baby!).

Listen to them! Science tells us that birdsong can reduces stress, promote positivity, and improve our observational skills. It can also be good for our productivity. Who knew?

My sound therapist friend, Michael Reiley, shared this excerpt with me:

“Human ears are built to hear birdsong . . . our bodies evolved not for party conversation but rather to harvest sounds from wild creatures . . . the aural signals on which our species’ success depended.

Kathleen Dean MooreEarth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

Birds sing when they feel safe. In turn, birdsong sends a primal message to our nervous systems that we are safe. 

So open those windows! Or go on a nature walk. Listen to the birds and tune into the nature frequency. See if you sense a settling, a relaxing, a softening. This is your nervous system in action, downshifting to the parasympathetic zone (the calm part of your autonomic nervous system). This downshifting is a dialogue between your mind and body, essentially saying, all is well, I’m safe, I can chill out.

So chill out with the birds!

Happy Spring,

Published by Michelle

Michelle Stortz, C-IAYT, ERYT500, MFA, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in yoga for cancer and chronic illness. She teaches in numerous medical settings throughout the Philadelphia area. Michelle also teaches mindful meditation. She has been studying in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition for the past 15 years and has also trained in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum. She leads retreats and group classes and works with individuals in private sessions. www.MichelleStortz.com

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