Day 50 of #LiveWell2017
I had a big “ah-ha” moment this week when I felt myself getting a little stressed and fuzzy-minded over not completing tasks well. This morning it occurred to me that I have skipped my meditation time for a few days and have been less mindful in my tasks and movements. I was too focused on getting stuff done and let my work on my self slide. I’m still trying to find the balance.
Meditation is a path to mindfulness, and I’ve found that it helps me settle my mind and open space for me to be more generous and more creative. I don’t have to spend hours sitting in lotus position in a monastery to meditate. I just need to practice for a few minutes each day, consistently, to make a big difference in my life.
Sometimes it’s easy. I usually focus on breath and light. Other times there are distractions – noises and movement around me. I’m not very keen on the humming of “oohhmmm” during meditation (though it is a fine technique), so having some music in the background sometimes helps me to meditate. What kind of music is good for meditation? It depends on who you ask.
Here are some of my favorite meditation music resources:
- “Probably the Best Music for Relaxation and Meditation” by Binaural (on Amazon) – this is a 30-minute long atmospheric song. (free streaming)
- If you have a paid Pandora account (so you don’t get interrupted with ads every 3 songs), try the Atmospheric station or Japanese Sunrise station.
- Moby has released 4 hours of FREE music specifically for meditation and sleep. You can download it here.
Do you use music to meditate or relax? What is your favorite?
How do you make meditation a habit?