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.
- What’s the most noticeable change you’ve seen in yourself since integrating the practice of meditation into your life?
- Is there a trick to meditating without falling asleep?
- Which kind of meditation is the most helpful for you?
- Do you prefer guided meditation or sitting in silence?
- 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
- How often/long do you meditate?
- How do you keep meditating and focused?
- At what point in your routine do you meditate: if morning, before/after breakfast; if at night, early/later on in routine?
- Do you meditate in the morning or at night?
- Is it normal for thoughts during meditation to be kind of loud and busy?
- Which meditation do you practice on a daily basis?
- I prefer to meditate at midday. Why does Fabulous insist in meditating in the morning?
- What audio do you use to meditate? If you use any.
- Does it really matter if I do it in the afternoon because I have no time in the morning?
- Do you prefer meditating alone or with a group and why?