Resonating All The Way
3 min –
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the way…
This song, this sound, are cheerful reminders of the holiday season. They’re also examples of how we resonate, both physically and emotionally, with the energies around us. To resonate is to vibrate with and so, reflecting more deeply, we recognize that we, too, are like bells, creating resonance in others and the world around us. The signals we send, the people we touch, and the ideas we manifest add up to the difference we make.
“Bells on bob tail ring,
making spirits bright…”
Imagine for a moment if those bells on the bob tail were stuffed with cotton balls. They would not ring and they would not be making spirits bright. That is the condition we find ourselves in when we’re stuffed with tension, trauma, or a restless, pre-occupied mind. Our ability to ring our true note is dampened, as is any positive effect we can have in the world. Since our stuffing is ever-present and unconsciously accumulates, we get used to it and may not even know there’s a better way to live and work and do our life’s work.
But there is.
It arrives through practices that relax, tame, and unify our mind-body system – practices that get the cotton balls out. As an example of how these practices work, try this experiment: let out a sigh of relief. Feel what happens to your face muscles, shoulders, or belly. Now let out two more sighs of relief with each one being twice the length of the one before it. How is this state different than even a minute ago? You probably didn’t regard yourself as holding tension or restlessness when you started reading this article, and yet something fell away. This feeling of dropping away, calming down and sensing more clearly increases through psycho-physical practices and reflections that support us in becoming our clearest kind of bell. If this intrigues you, the Resonate course takes you deeper.
Simplistic as it may seem, being your best kind of instrument is the key to living your most significant life. For resonance is the unifying principle behind:
- How your senses work – how you take in energy and the meaning you make of it;
- How your relationships work – whether you can get on the same wavelength with others;
- How your ideas manifest, and whether you’re able to sense and work with larger forces to make big things happen;
- How you feel – from depressed or angry to joyful and enthusiastic – and the impact you have on others.
“…What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight.”
A great deal is at stake in recovering your own greatest resonance. For unlike jingling bells, you’re capable of making profound and creative music. Year round.
Ginny Whitelaw, Author & CEO, Institute for Zen Leadership
A biophysicist and former senior manager for integrating NASA’s International Space Station, Dr. Whitelaw has trained leaders on the path of making a difference for more than 25 years, working with mind, body, energy and resonance through the Institute for Zen Leadership. Learn more »
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