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Wind Chimes & Other Psychological Triggers

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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?

See you next week!

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12 Responses to "Wind Chimes & Other Psychological Triggers"

  1. Comment by Pat Wahler
    October 4, 2017 at 11:17 am  

    Sound is indeed powerful. Both my aunt and mother-in-law in late states of dementia responded to music when they did not respond to anything else.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2017 at 9:46 am  

      Music is definitely an amazing gift and resource, Pat. I’m glad music helped your loved ones.

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm  

    Such beautiful words you write! Alas, my sister’s Internet speed is barely better than dial-up. I helped her look for a better deal and her new FAST service will be installed Saturday. I’ll have to check your links out after that.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2017 at 9:48 am  

      Have fun with your sister! 🙂

  3. Comment by Adela
    October 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm  

    Smell brings so many many memories to me. The smell of roses makes me think of my friend Nancy. Fall leaves = Dad; bay leaves = Mom; melting chocolate = Leota. I read somewhere that the brains memory center and that of smell are very close together. A flood of memory can actually make you smell an associated scent and a scent can bring back a memory.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2017 at 10:00 am  

      You’re so right, Adela. Scent is one of the strongest emotional triggers. So many memories are associated with different smells!

  4. Comment by Kris
    October 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm  

    A friends husband died this week after being unwell for a long period of time barely able to speak. On a boat with them this past year, I started singing show tunes…to everyone’s surprize ( and delight), Bud started singing with me…note for note, tune after tune. So yes, music is very powerful.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2017 at 10:00 am  

      Kris, I LOVE that story. You gave Bud wonderful gift that day . . . and you know I’m going to have to use that in a book. 🙂

  5. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    October 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm  

    Wind chimes hang on my front porch, and a neighbor has a large one on her back porch, which abuts our backyard. So, I’m surrounded by them if I’m out back or out front. I enjoy listening to them, but not everyone in my family feels the same way.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2017 at 10:05 am  

      As far as I know, my wind chimes are the only ones nearby. Knowing that opinions regarding wind chimes are so subjective, I’ve wondered if I’ll get complaints about them at some point, but so far that hasn’t happened.

  6. Comment by Karen Lange
    October 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm  

    It is interesting what things can trigger our senses and memories. I heard a song just this evening that took me back about two years to a church we visited. It was a challenging time, but full of growth and good things too.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm  

      It’s wonderful how songs do that, Karen. 🙂

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