On Sunday evening I took Noah, my 3 year old, to the carol service at church. He was such a good boy and hummed along to the music. Half way through there was a musical interlude and he sat on my knee. Before I knew it he was fast asleep! He snored through the rest of the service and through the mulled wine at the end.
It really got me thinking about how relaxing music can be.
Of course music takes so many different forms and it can be listened to in so many different ways. If you walk or run whilst listening to music on headphones it can energise and spur you on. You might listen to music when you are focussing on a job and in that situation you might actually pay very little attention to the music itself, it might just be background noise.
Sometimes a sing along is fun, Martyn and I were wrapping christmas presents last night and had some Christmas classics to sing along to. That kept me in the moment!
Just like mindfulness, music is so adaptable and there are so many different ways we can let it influence our life.
If you take the opportunity to stop and sit and listen to a piece of music it can actually be a great meditation. By using music in a certain way it really can relax you, calm your mind, and even train your brain. Give this a try…
1) Sit up straight in a chair, your back nice and upright, your feet flat on the floor, hands on your lap.
2) Play a piece of music that you like. Commit to sitting there for the whole of the piece.
3) Focus on the music completely, letting the sounds come in and out of your awareness.
4) Each time your mind wanders from the music, and you notice, return your attention to the music.
Each time your attention wanders and you redirect your attention, you are training your brain to focus as you direct it. Each time you notice your mind has wandered you are mindful, you are present in the moment. Amazing. Such a lovely thing to do and such a great way to give your mind a well needed break.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could get more out of your meditations. There are so many ways to be mindful and new ideas are always great to inspire you and to keep you committed. Commitment is definitely what is needed to get the most out of meditation.