Why would we do that? If we are singing…..what compels us to bring our voice outside of the shower curtain where we were doing fine with all the wrong lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody. But chanting is call and response. …It is cooperative and generous. By combining sound, breath, rhythm, mantra meditation expressed as chant channels the flow of energy adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances. All this contributes to a natural release of fear and sorrow. Chanting helps to balance the endocrine system, normalize hormone production, improve our overall sense of well-being.
We chant to stimulate the hypothalamus. That’s right. I said that word. But it is basically the director’s chair organizing communication between the nervous system and the endocrine system, taking in information from the entire body, before transmitting outward again, via chemical messengers. These couriers, such as serotonin and dopamine, are key to our sense of happiness. Keeping this exchange healthy might be the most important link in the mind-body connection. So we chant. We call and respond. On the most basic level the expression of these lyrical phrases is feeding our happiness. Take your song on the road. Bring on the serotonin served up with a side of harmonium.