Wind Chimes & Other Psychological Triggers
Our little corner of Florida is breezy today with full-bodied zephyrs that ebb and flow, encouraging comfortable drowsiness as addicting as any opiate. In short, a perfect day for snoozing on a blanket at the park or the beach. I’m doing neither, as I’ve writing to do. This blustery loveliness is rippling the water, ruffling the lily pads, and swaying trees in what resembles a pre-storm dance, but the sky is an endless blue and the sun bright. The only cloud in sight is frothy as a breaking wave. I’ve been outdoors now and again to enjoy the sensual breath of autumn, but for the most part I’m observing from the desk in my sun room today.
My mother’s wind chimes love the continuous flow of breezes and have serenaded me all morning. They hang in a small garden area just outside the kitchen window of our new home.
Technically, they aren’t my mother’s wind chimes. She purchased them as a gift for me before she died, but in my mind they are hers. “Think of me whenever you hear them,” she said, and I do. Their sound is rich, not tinny or clanking as so many wind chimes tend to be. To my ears, the music they make is both sweet and melancholy, but I don’t know if this is accurate or just in tune with the tender ache inside whenever I miss my mother in a particularly resonant way. Wind chimes always bring thoughts of her now, no matter where I hear them or how pleasant they may or may not be.
Sounds, like scents, are psychological triggers, and my curiosity about this brought me to an interesting link and article titled The Psychology of Sound:
Included on that page are two short videos, one that discusses music as therapy for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients and one discussing the ways in which humans are affected by different sounds. Both are worth watching.
As I Googled and visited other sites I found this article regarding how our brains transform sounds into emotion:
As wind chimes are an emotional trigger for me, I was interested to read that wind chimes make a lot of people feel restless. I would never have thought that, but I can see how it is possible. Wind chimes have been used in movies more than once to evoke that certain feeling of something imminent. Interestingly, when I perused YouTube for wind chimes, I found them used as a relaxation tool, which is in direct opposition to the article’s assertion of restlessness.
Why don’t you decide? Here’s a YouTube link to the sound of wind chimes in the rain. Close your eyes and listen for a few minutes. Does this make you feel restless or at ease? Personally, I love it.
How do wind chimes make you feel? What other sounds act as psychological triggers for you? What is the strongest one, and why?
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