Generally I meditate in silence, to limit distractions and be primarily with my the breath and body, letting thoughts come and go. That said, anything can be part of the meditation, any noises that arise are like a thought arising and then you let it go. It’s possible to just be with the music and then this becomes the primary focus. But this can be tricky, it’s easy to get caught up in the music and have attachments Or aversions that make things more complicated. So starting with being with the breath is simpler. And if it’s easier for you to start with a guided meditation that has music, that’s ok too. Or something very simple, or some people find listening to gongs or bells for awakening.
- Should you meditate everyday and for how long? Also how many days should you and how long. Or doesn’t me even matter at all how you plan it out.
- How valuable do you think it is to meditate for, say, only 3 minutes?
- Do you know whether meditating can help someone heal and recover from a concussion?
- I am very curious about the positioning of hands during various forms of meditation or even Integrative EMDR, using the Marcus Method. What is the current school of thought toward why certain hand positions appear to be or are more effective than others?
- How do you meditate with sounds, quiet, darkness or something other than what I mentioned?
I am new to meditation so I use guided meditations. I have used the ones included in Fabulous app as well as other guided meditations from Youtube. Once I become comfortable with meditation I will probably use music, bells or nature sounds.
I prefer to have a relaxing music in the background. It helps me focusing and avoid my mind wondering. Ludovico Einaudi is good try. 🙂
I’ve never tried meditating with music before, but I think I’ll give that a try! I have trouble meditating in silence because of all my thoughts.
Not in silence, but not with music. I’ll have some bells or light sounds in the background. It helps me concentrate more
Usually in silence because I can't avoid paying attention to the music, and it distracts me from the breathing. However, if there is a lot of noise you can't control (like traffic) music can help you focus
Bother actually…..it really depends on what I am meditating on or for that sways weither I meditate in silence or while listening to music.
Both I definitely try to focus on something and often use guided meditations at the very least a timer so I can relax into the moment not checking to see how long I’ve been “sitting”
I usually listen to guided meditations. Mostly they are just voice but sometimes I listen to a session with music – it depends on the music. Too much or too intrusive doesn’t work for me. But occasionally I just listen to music selected for meditating which can make a nice change.
I use guided meditation so there's first someone speaking in a calm tone and then it's followed by sounds of waves and wind and eventually silence
I meditate with soft ambient music in the background. If it’s too quiet I find it even harder to relax and my mind wanders!
I have meditated both in silence and with music. Sometimes meditating with music helps to relax me, but meditating in silence can be less distracting because then I can focus on what I am doing rather than whatever music I am listening to. If you meditate with music it is best to choose music without lyrics.
I meditate with this app where I can put a timer and melody and bells. The music is really relaxing and just sets the mood for meditation
- What do you think about when you meditate?
- I just have such a hard time not letting my thoughts get in the way, any suggestions?
- What do people “get “out of meditation?
- Is there a position in which you feel more easy to concentrate?
- What time is needed for meditation? Should it be different in the morning and in the evening? If you sometimes fall asleep during meditation, what should you do?
- In meditation. Is your mind supposed to be clear or can you meditate on something positive (or both)?
- How do you sit straight but relaxed?
- When meditating are there easier ways to focus instead of visualizing my breath? I have a hard time concentrating and keeping my mind from wandering when meditating. Does this get better with practice? And what are tips to get better?
- Sometime, while meditating I feel the urge to open my eyes. It’s better to open them or trying to focus harder?
- How do you know when you’re comfortable enough to start meditating without a guided meditation?