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Music, Meditation and True Serenity

rsz_meditation_quoteMeditation can transform your life in a powerful way. Many people, however, find it difficult to meditate, especially in the beginning. For me, music really makes a difference. Playing soft, low music helps me to get and stay in a more peaceful and connected state. Here are seven songs I use regularly when meditating (all of them are available on iTunes):

Song: Ong So Hung
Album: The Guru Singh Experience, Vol. One

Song: A Call of Compassion to Humanity
Artist: Nawang Khechog
Album: Music as Medicine

Song: Sacred River
Artist: Gandalf
Album: Sacred River

Song: Quietude
Artist: Peter Kater & Carlos Nakai
Album: Migration

Song: The Island
Artist: Meditation Orchestra
Album: Relaxing Lounge

Song: Celestine
Artist: Peter Kater
Album: Elements Series (Earth)

Song: Teach Me To Whisper
Artist: Liquid Mind
Album: Liquid Mind VI (Spirit)

Why meditate?  You connect to who you are and what you need at a much deeper level. You master the art of letting go (this includes things like worry, anger, resentments and relationships that don’t serve you well).  You learn to experience and maintain inner peace and serenity (even when there is chaos around you).

How to:  There are many different ways to meditate.  I myself, sit cross-legged in a comfortable place with my back fairly straight (some call it a “dignified position”). Sitting in a chair with my feet on the floor is another option. I focus primarily on my breath (moving in and moving out) and as thoughts arrive, I let them pass, like clouds in the sky. Sometimes I count from 1 to 10 with each out-breath. Sometimes I make an “om” sound with each out-breath. Sometimes I visualize waves rolling up on the sand with each in-breath and waves rolling out to sea with each out-breath. I always finish by putting my hand on my heart and saying some affirmations that are right for me. Experiment and see what works best for you.

A few other tips: Meditation should be done daily. I like to start and end my day with it (even if it’s only for a short while). I generally meditate for at least 15 to 20 minutes at a time and often longer in the morning. I highly recommend meditating with your partner or spouse. It can be a wonderful experience that brings you closer together.

Lessons Learned:
Meditation can powerfully transform your life. Music helps. Focus on your breath. Let go of your thoughts. Do it daily. Enjoy!

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