You may have heard it once before. Everything is silent yet a noise still persists. The longer you listen, the more you realize it isn’t noise. Tinnitus? No, this doesn’t “feel” like it’s originating in your ears. There is no mistake that you ARE in fact hearing something. I have a lengthy relationship with this sound and thought that this would be a good time to share my own personal experience with what is known as the “Anahata Nada”.
I remember being a young boy visiting my grandparent’s house at around the age of 7 (ish). It was incredibly quiet as it always was around there. In the middle of a wooded area, the trees really dampened any sound that could possibly reach the house. As I lay there in bed in silence, I began to hear a silent ringing noise. It was very low it’s something that I hadn’t noticed before. It startled me enough that I sat up in bed and the sound went away. The more I would focus on the sound the louder it gets. It would get so loud that it was deafening and would completely drown out the background house sounds. That was the beginning of my journey with the sound. I never really noticed it during the day, it was always around nightfall when things were mostly quiet. Mostly I would focus on this sound just to see how loud I could make it. The more I would focus the more the sound would transform from a high-pitched ringing to a deep droning sound that would occupy the entire space between my ears. This really didn’t seem like anything more than a party trick. describing this to my family would have made me seem crazy. Or at least that is what I felt in my young mind.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Anahata Nada! Also known as “unstruck sound,” Anahata Nada is a term used in yoga and meditation to describe the subtle, inner sound that is believed to be present within all of us. It’s often described as a humming, buzzing, or ringing sound, and is thought to be the sound of the universe itself.
So, what is Anahata Nada and how can it be accessed? First of all, it’s important to understand that Anahata Nada is not a physical sound that can be heard with the ears. Instead, it’s a subtle, inner sound that can only be perceived by the mind. It’s said to be the sound of the soul and is believed to be a source of great peace and enlightenment.
To access Anahata Nada, it’s best to start with a regular meditation practice. This can be any type of meditation that feels comfortable for you – whether it’s sitting meditation, walking meditation, or something else. The key is to find a practice that helps you to relax and focus your mind.
Once you have a regular meditation practice in place, you can start to explore the possibility of accessing Anahata Nada. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down, and take a few deep breaths to relax.
- Close your eyes and focus your attention on the area of your heart. You might find it helpful to place your hand on your chest to help you stay focused.
- As you focus on the area of your heart, try to listen for any subtle sounds or vibrations. It might take some time to tune in to Anahata Nada, so be patient and keep your mind open.
- If you do hear a sound, try to follow it and see where it leads. Some people describe Anahata Nada as a humming, buzzing, or ringing sound, while others describe it as a more subtle vibration.
- As you explore Anahata Nada, try to let go of any expectations or preconceptions about what it should sound like. The key is to stay open and receptive, and allow yourself to experience whatever arises.
It’s important to keep in mind that accessing Anahata Nada is not something that can be forced or rushed. It’s a subtle, inner experience that requires patience and a quiet mind. If you’re having trouble tuning in to Anahata Nada, try not to get frustrated – just keep coming back to your meditation practice and try again. With time and practice, you may find that you are able to access Anahata Nada more easily.
So, why bother with Anahata Nada in the first place? Well, for starters, it can be a deeply soothing and calming experience. Many people find that listening to Anahata Nada helps them to feel more grounded and centered, and can even bring about a sense of inner peace and joy. It’s also said to be a source of great enlightenment, and some people believe that it can help to connect us to a higher consciousness or divine source.
Overall, Anahata Nada is a fascinating and mysterious aspect of meditation and yoga. Whether you’re just starting out on your spiritual journey or you’re a seasoned practitioner, it’s definitely worth exploring. So why not give it a try and see where it takes you? Who knows – you might just discover a whole new world of inner peace and enlightenment!