Updated: Feb 12
There's a moment, right before an orchestra performs, that an oboist plays an A note, which vibrates at 440 hertz, or 440 times per second.
The oboe's steady sound gives the other instruments a reliable tuning source, and as the instruments adjust their frequency to the note, the sound becomes one strong swelling of musical vibration, all perfectly tuned.
Like the instruments, we're tuning ourselves to vibrations all the time. We tune to our spouse's bad mood or our teenager's eye-rolling. We tune to our co-workers' gossip and our friend's attitude. We're all over the board vibrationally, and our emotions go up-and-down all day.
But what if we found an "oboe" in our life, something we could tune to, keeping us consistent in our energy? Well, guess what?? You can tune your energy to a higher vibration easily. Just doing ONE of these practices will help get your energy buzzing, lifting you out of sadness, fear, or doubt. Just like playing the oboe, the more your practice, the better you get.
Find something beautiful. It could be a tree, a painting, a smile, a mountain, a flower, or your puppy. Looking at beautiful objects makes you feel better.
Be grateful for something. Maybe your soft pillow, maybe your favorite breakfast - whatever it is, feel sincere appreciation to feel your energy rise.
Laugh. You can laugh at yourself, your favorite Tik Tok video, or life in general. Your vibration can't stay low when you're genuinely laughing. (Sarcastic laughter doesn't count.)
Eat and drink consciously. Around 3 p.m. when you start nibbling everything within range, you'll feel your energy drop. Take the time to have a healthy treat or drink and pay attention as you eat it. You'll feel lighter because won't eat your weight in sugar cookies.
Go for a walk. If you can walk outside, even better. Breathe deep, move your body, maybe listen to some music or a favorite podcast. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to feel the benefits.
Meditate. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, listen to your heartbeat, feel your chest lift and lower, and follow the flow of your breath. Quieting the mind is an automatic way to supercharge your vibration. Extra points if you stop worrying about doing it right. You're doing it right.
Do something kind. Pay for the person behind you in the Starbucks line, purchase some flowers for your friend, write your significant other a love letter. Spontaneous kindness is so much fun - and fun makes you feel good!
As you practice tuning to higher vibrations, you'll find more consistency. The note doesn't waver so much and soon you're in line with all the good feelings and soaring emotions you've been waiting for. Raise the baton!
Peri Kinder is the owner of Life & Laughter Coaching. She's a happiness coach, yoga and meditation instructor, and award-winning freelance writer.