Rhythm and rhythmic movement are critical to the basics of life: almost all of our regulatory functions keep some sort of a beat, from the heart to the breath.
The first sounds that a fetus in mom’s belly hears are rhythmic in nature. Mother’s heartbeat pulses through amniotic fluid, which also carries the vibrations from her body movements. In time, the baby grows to hear cadences of her voice and those of other friends and family members.
If you think about sounds you hear in daily life, the most meaningful ones have some sort of rhythm, whether slow, fast or changing. Even the easiest sounds to get used to, white noise, are based on some sort of steady rhythm. To get attention, car alarms often have a varied pattern of sounds, each with a different rhythm.
Rhythm is important to our making sense of the sounds we hear around us. We often notice it more when it is missing than we do when it is there in a steady way.
However, adding rhythm to a challenging task can make that task easier and more enjoyable! Try listening to instrumental music the next time you are engaged with something repetitive. Does it help? Write me a note to let me know!
Music is rhythm. Language is rhythm. Play is rhythm. When we improve rhythm, we make other areas of life easier and more enjoyable.
Elisabeth C. Swim
Playful Mindful Music Guide