When Sound Becomes Noise

Our lives are typically filled with sound. There are sounds from the outside world that we cannot control like the fire truck racing by or an airplane overhead, and there are the sounds we allow into our lives like the tv in the background or the music playing in our earbuds. These sounds become noise when the seemingly innocuous sources (like a shower radio) allow us to avoid dealing with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. In this way using sound as a distraction numbs us to what may be internally bubbling up to the surface — what our attention is calling for us to notice and heal. 

Sound as a distraction can affect us in many ways. It can help us stay numb to emotions that we don't want to feel, allow us to avoid dealing with decision-making, distract us from having to process, and make it easier for us to escape reality. But drowning out the thoughts and emotions we find uncomfortable or overwhelming prolongs the emotions, requiring them to speak louder to be heard.

By tuning out noise and relishing silence, we can create the space to experience and express what is happening. Then that self-exploration can begin in earnest; It becomes easier to let our strongest feelings come forth, deal with them, and find new ways of resolving our hearts & minds. Free of the need for noise, we can accept our pain, anger, frustration and regret as they come up and turn them into opportunities to evolve. Essentially, when we go within without the veil of noise to shield us from ourselves, we're able to figure out what we need to heal. 

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.