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Often people not familiar with meditation or yoga think that it would be very difficult to try to learn how to meditate. Perhaps they are put off by images of cross-legged bearded old men or supple middle class house wives in leotards performing seemingly impossible bodily postures down at the local church hall every Wednesday evening. The good news however is that this is not the case and meditation music is a great way to create the appropriate mood. Meditation can be easily practiced without the need of bending your body at the right angle while reciting mantras and filling your house with incense.
Yoga is a sanskrit word that simply means union or, in plain English, is a vehicle for connection of the body to spirit. There are many different kinds of yoga that stem from the various schools of hinduism and buddism. Some yogas, like hatha yoga, are predominantly physical in nature, whilst others like raja yoga, are focused on the mind as the vehicle for union or connection of mind and spirit. So, it is the case that many of the images and conceptions that newcomers associate with meditation and yoga, are part of a wide and varied pantheon of spiritual practices that can take many years to master, though simple meditational practices can be achieved without any formal training, studying under a guru or bending your body backwards much to your own discomfort. The golden rule is: if any yoga or meditation techniques makes you uncomfortable or is too difficult, then leave it and try something much more simple.
One of the easiest ways to achieve a meditational or highly relaxed state is by listening to relaxing music or new age music. New age music is the most common genre of music used to aid meditation and often comes in the form of a meditation music download. The music itself can range from minimalist ambient textures to colorful, rhythmical, and often ethnic compositions. I suggest that for the beginner music that is atmospheric but not too busy, should be used as a meditation tool. This is because it is difficult to still the mind if one is not used to it, therefore music that has fewer distractions but yet provides a calm focus for the mind to be still so that it may enter a relaxed state for your first yoga practice.
Once you try several cycles of this breathing and the focusing of the mind, you will find that supplemented by the atmospheric and relaxing music, you will indeed, drift off into a deeply relaxed and meditative state. Try practicing this method whenever you feel the need. It is not difficult, you do not have to attend classes and the only teacher that you need is yourself. Meditation does not have to be a spiritual or a religious activity, simply relaxing with music or relaxing in a quite place is considered a form of meditation. It all depends on yourself and how you are able to focus your body, mind and soul to release negative energy and create a positive flow of energy throughout your body and mind.
Meditation with music, or just listening to relaxing music can help calm your thoughts and elevate your meditation and concentration. This can also help relief stress and other common problems. Yoga teaches us to practice breathing techniques combined with physical movements to create a positive flow within our bodies, relaxing music can have the same effect on our bodies by stimulating both our mental and physical wellness.
Find a calm place to practice simple meditating techniques, like breathing correctly using your nose to inhale and exhale from your mouth slowly, you can do this now. Create a relaxing environment with calm and soothing music, even if you at the office put on your I-Pod and take your lunch outside. Do not underestimate the power of meditation and relaxation, it can recharge your energy and give you a heightened sense of wellness and understanding of your body.
There are many choices of relaxing music available today, ranging from nature based melodies to metallic toned music suitable for meditation. But while a general preference for stress relief and relaxation would be the use of soft music and nature based sounds with soothing melodies, each individual can have his or her own preference for relaxing music. For example, some nature sounds, like rainfall, ocean waves or thunderclaps, can induce tension to some listeners while it can be the choice of calming music for others. It will all depend on how your body and mind will respond to the music’s stimulation. In fact, even if your music does not sound relaxing at all, like rock or pop songs, as long as you are enjoying what you’re listening to, the tone will still bring positive effects to your body.
To conclude, setting aside time to listen to your favorite calming music is a good habit to have. All you will need is your sound system or portable player and an environment where you can sit or lie down comfortably, and soon you’ll start to feel the effects of stress relief and relaxation that will eventually lead you to better health and a more positive outlook in life.
Meditation comes in all forms, create your own form of meditation and routine to fit your lifestyle, start of with some music and try to relax and calm your thoughts. Relaxation is the first step to meditation, in fact its a form of meditation itself. As a personal development coach who uses a mixture of brainwave frequency technology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, hypnosis, visualization, and guided imagery to get results, I really believe the best approach is that of the maverick. Try it all and create your own path.