Friday, March 9, 2012

Practice It--Morning Music Meditation

Music Meditation

If you choose to have your day go smoothly, then start your day with music, not the morning news (unless you wish to pray all day for what you hear in the news).  Now, that you have kept a music journal and you have an idea of how music affects your moods, it's time to set aside 20 to 30 minutes each morning for deep music listening.  You can listen to music through headphones if you don't want to wake others up, but keep the volume low so you don't suffer from hearing loss--ringing in the ears is not fun.

Follow these steps:

1). Tune into your emotions and choose the appropriate music for releasing unwanted emotions or enhancing desired feelings.

2). You can choose different songs from different recordings or play consequitive tracks off of a single CD.  You can even listen to music you store on your computer or other devices.

3). Sit or lay down quietly with this music, removing all distractions.

4). Similar to sitting or walking meditation, watch your breath and also your heart rhythms as you listen to this music.  Follow your breath and heartbeat as it entrains to the music.

5). If your mind tends to wander and you feel like daydreaming, keep your daydreams positive, imagining what you want in your life, not what you don't want.

6). If your thoughts are strongly negative and your emotions too strong, then stop the music, and do a few rounds of Emotional Freedom Technique or something similar.  Then return to the music listening.

7). Once you complete your meditation you might wish to continue listening to music for yoga or dance purposes.  This is fine, but take a pause in between the music so that you can digest the previous music. It's like when your mother tells you to leave room for dessert.  Leave a space in between music, especially different kinds of music. If you don't do this you might end up with a strange collage of music stuck in your thoughts for the remainder of the day.

8). End with expressing gratitude for the music, the musicians, and the intimate time you had with both.

Feel free to share your music meditation experiences. You can leave a comment or contact me directly.  I think you need to follow the blog to contact me.

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