Music – listen to the sound of the Earth
Students online meeting in Latvia
Following modern technologies we become busier and busier, we do not have time to hear, to see and to discern. Therefore, we wanted to pay attention to that – our new generation must be thought to be closer to nature. But life itself tends to make adjustments. With Covid – 19, our planned mobility took place remotely.
Although we had planned to be closer to nature, to learn to move away from modern technologies, we needed them vitally this time.
Pupils and educators learned in depth the benefits of modern technology for remote online work.
Pupils learned to create mandalas, which will be combined into a common book, which will be both digital and printed.
Designing and colouring mandalas can help you focus your attention. That’s why they’re a great exercise for calming down when you’re stressed and waking up your mind. Here are some benefits of mandalas:
- They help with balance.
- They bring peace and tranquillity.
- Looking at them will give you a feeling of calmness.
- They help with concentration.
- They make it easier to be mindful.
- Another thing they do is push aside thoughts and let your creativity flow.
- The way all the shapes and designs are laid out brings a feeling of balance.
Mandalas are designed to help you become free from your worries. This is because they make it easier to focus on the present moment. It’s also why they’re such a powerful relaxation tool.
Mandalas are also a kind of meditation that can help you focus your attention. They bring harmony, because energies flow through all their shapes and colours. These energies can transform negative things into positive ones, and bring balance to your life.
You should also remember that mandalas go from the centre and outwards. This is what will help you connect with yourself, free yourself, rebuild yourself, and create a relationship with yourself. All this happens thanks to the different colours and shapes you choose for the mandala.
To be able to purify our minds and to be able to concentrate, we must also be addicted to what we hear around us on a daily basis. Often noise or loud music interferes with concentration. Students recorded the sounds around them, the sounds they hear around them on a daily basis.
We need to understand how sound affects our health and how we can turn unwanted sound into meditative music.
The students watched the educational video as sound arose, and later made a sound-guiding model to understand the basics of physics.
A meditative recording was created with the sounds that students hear around them on a daily basis, which helps to concentrate and calms the mind.
In the practical workshop, everyone had the opportunity to make a musical instrument, from materials that are available to everyone at home. It is not always necessary to have large resources to create things. Sometimes it only takes imagination to create musical instruments from the things around you. Different types of tools were created. Children need to develop creative thinking so that they can cope better with the various problem situations they face on a daily basis.
How sound affects us?
The first is physiologically. Sound affects our bodies. Your body is 70% water. Sound travels well in water, so we’re very good conductors of sound. It’s not surprising that sound has a powerful effect on us. Hearing is your primary warning sense, just like every animal on the planet.
The second way sound affects us is psychologically. It changes our emotions and our moods. Music will do that, of course. I’m sure you can think of a song that will make you happy. So music changes our mood. However, it’s not the only sound that does that. There are plenty of sounds in nature that do. Bird song for example makes us feel relaxed and reassured, because we’ve learned over hundreds of thousands of years again that when the birds are singing we’re normally pretty safe. Sound can affect our emotional state quite deeply.
Thirdly sound affects us cognitively. How well you work is very dependent on the sound around you. Your kids may tell you that they do their homework much better with loud music playing. It’s not true unfortunately. The loud music is probably taking up critical audio bandwidth and they’re not able to hear that internal voice so well. They may do their homework for longer so you may get a better result, but they’re not doing more work per minute. The most distracting sound of all is the human voice. If somebody’s speaking next to you, it’s very difficult to block out that sound. We have no earlids and distracting human conversation hugely impedes your productivity.
The final way sound affects us is behaviourally. We will tend to move away from unpleasant sound if we can and even gravitate towards pleasant sounds. Sound can cause stress us and make us behave negatively. It makes us less sociable, less helpful and less approachable if we’re in a noisy setting.
So sound changes us in four powerful ways and those four ways are running all the time. It’s important to know this because if you start to listen consciously to the sound around you, you could start to design your environment so that those effects are not working against you.
To be able to gather your thoughts and emotions, you need to be able to concentrate. Meditation is one of the ways to work with your mind and body together. Both teachers and students had the opportunity to learn the basics of meditation thanks to the project coordinator Joanna Charczun.
The project’s short-term student exchange program took place in a way that was unusual for everyone. However, thanks to the support of the teachers and the dedication of the students, all the planned work was completed. It only proves that good teamwork can do a lot.