There is something unique about you, a signature at the core of your being. This ‘something’ shapes the quality of your presence, and the feelings your presence invokes in others. It’s represented in the rhythm of your actions as well as the cadence of your being. It influences the content of your thoughts and emotions, as well as how you perceive the world around you.
This thing is your ‘Tone of Life’, and it is the sum total expression of who you are. And yet, it’s also a simple thing, a tangible thing. It governs your health and quality of life as well as your everyday experience. Furthermore, this ‘tone’ is something you already know about, intuitively.
Let’s first talk about the ways in which you’re probably familiar with tone, an then we’ll get into what it has to do with your health and why you should care.
For instance, what is it that we mean when we refer to one’s tone of voice, or the tone of a conversation? Invariably, we’re referring to the general mood or attitude of the ones who are speaking, as we see it, hear it, or feel it within ourselves.
If I asked you to think about the process you go through in determining the tone of a conversation, what would you say? My guess is that you’d find you don’t think about it at all, but that it's something you simply know. It’s almost as if it’s built into your brain function!
And that’s no joke, the ability to sense the tone, mood or atmosphere around us is not only programmed into our nervous systems, it’s an inherent ability, an instinct, shared amongst every cell in our bodies. This is not simply a social phenomenon, but a survival strategy, as well.
If you HAVE taken the time and attention to study how people express themselves through tone of voice, then you’ve already developed a deep appreciation for the level of subtly and influence this has on how you interact with and interpret others. You’ve probably also noticed that changes in tone are not limited to voice, but are present in the written word, as well as sound and music, color and light.
Think for a moment about how certain colors or sounds, particularly in the form of art, music or in nature, have had profound effects on you. Have you ever experienced joy after hearing a particular song, felt sadness after reading a passage from a book, had a sense of peace wash over you while appreciating beautiful scenery, or been struck with curiosity and intrigue while listening to someone speak? Consider the event even more closely. Can you notice how it impacted your body and the way you felt at the time? Perhaps even reliving the memory, or imagining the event happening in the future, is enough to replicate the experience in the present moment.
This is not your imagination, nor is it an accident. Our experience of ‘tone’ as we perceive it in the world around us is inextricably linked to the reality of ‘tone’ within our own bodies. When referring to the functioning of your physical body, your physiology, the word has just as many meanings. It means your muscles and other body tissues have a healthy and normal amount of tension, that your nervous system is experiencing proper and well-adjusted responsiveness to internal and external stimuli, and that your mind and body are resilient and well-integrated. Or, as Merriam-Webster puts it, ‘tone’ is ‘the state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.’
If we pursued the concept one step deeper, we would start to see that these two main concepts of tone, including both our external senses as well as our internal function, are actually one and the same, affecting our lives on every level, all the way down to our DNA. For sanity’s sake, however, let’s save that discussion for another time.
What’s important for now is to realize that our ‘tone’, or the quality of vibration being expressed within our own bodies and our ability to interact with the world around us, has everything to do with the level of health we are able to express and the meaning we are able to give to the world.
The bad news here is that our abilities to experience proper, healthy tone can be interfered with and becomes hampered as we accumulate stresses, insults and injuries throughout life. This leads to a degradation of health and wellbeing, resulting in things like pain, sickness and disease.
The good news is that, through proper care and attention, we can not only overcome that which has hampered us in the past but can grow from our struggles to express better and better levels of health, no matter our age, condition or circumstance.
The BEST news is that each one of us has our own perfect ‘tone’ born within us, untainted and waiting to be expressed. To help you express this unique health signature, your 'Tone of Life,’ is our mission.