Ready to change your life?Start Now! Contact Us

Awareness of Sound Exercise

July 5, 2017

By Linda Smith, PA, MS

Description of Sound Awareness

Sound awareness connects us to the present moment while also cultivating our awareness of the various sounds that repeatedly arise around us. Rather than trying to ignore them, we intentionally pay attention to the sounds surrounding and coming through us. By doing so, it can help to not only keep us present but also stabilize the mind, refine our sense of hearing and strengthen our skill of deep listening.

Impact and Support

Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness has beneficial effects on physical and mental health, on health behavior choices such as substance use, eating and sleeping as well as on healthy, adaptive responses to difficult emotions and stressful life situations.

Practice Considerations

Sound Awareness practice can be completed seated, lying down, or standing although a seated posture with a straight spine is preferable. Sounds awareness can be practiced both formally and informally by increasing our attention to everyday activities.

Click on the following link to download a transcript of this recording: Awareness of Sound Transcript.


Integrative Health Coaching: An Art and a Science

By Janet Stolp, RN, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach Last month I was asked to give a talk on health coaching to the Duke – Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. As I spent hours and hours crafting my talk and slides, I found it to be entirely too long. I ...


Summer’s Fresh Bounty Makes for Quick and Easy Meals

By Joanne Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN and Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH Once we have settled into our mid-summer routines, it is common to lose touch with our good intentions to lighten up and eat well. With the abundance of activities, family gatherings, and social outings,  we can ...


How Debbie Got Her Groove Back: A Health Coach’s Journey

By Deborah Lee, PhD, RN I thought I was just going to learn coaching skills and process: I found that, and I also found myself. My Midlife Opportunity Do you ever ask yourself, “I know what I should be doing, but why can’t I just do it?”  Me too!  ...