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Music for Meditation   Leave a comment

After to listening to hours and hours of Pandora nature sounds music I’ve come up with some suggestions for music during meditation.

                         

Sacred Earth Drums                                                   Spiritlands                                             

Sacred Earth Drums                                                       Spiritlands     

                                              

Spiritual Healing                                                  Sea & Silence

   Spiritual Healing                                                        Sea & Silence

    

Sounds of Nature                                            Appalachian Mountain Suite                                                                    

Sounds of Nature                                                  Appalachian Mt Suite        

     

Windsong                                           Heart of the Wind: Music for Native American Flute & Drums               

       Windsong                                                       Heart of the Wind

                                             

Dan Gibson's Solitudes: Exploring Nature With Music: The Classics                                       Dreams from the Grandfather

Dan Gibson’s Solitudes                          Dreams from the Grandfather      

              

Garden of Serenity                                       Music for Meditation: Inner Stillness

Garden of Serenity                                              Inner Stillness

Posted March 6, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Meditation

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More on Meditation for Beginners: Silence, Quiet & Solitude   Leave a comment

I am a thinker.  I think more than I talk.  My mind is going all the time,   ideas,  dreams, fantasies, conversations,  thoughts, thoughts and more thoughts.  Not thinking has  never appealed to me. I’ve always wished I had more time to think.  I never dreamed I would enjoy just sitting, focusing my attention on God and not paying any attention to my thoughts.  Meditation is that to me.  A time to be still, silent, alone with God.  Let him have his time with me uninterrupted by my constant stream of thoughts.  It’s a discipline like any other and it takes practice. 

I have different ways of meditating.  Sometimes in the shower, I call it my water meditation.  Sometimes in the car, driving meditation, candle meditation, where I stare at the flame on a candle,  and then other times just sitting.  I make myself a receptacle.   If I’m sitting I start by putting an essential oil in my palm, breathing it in and taking a few seconds to bring attention to my breathing.  I take 3 very slow, deep breath with a pause in between.  I feel myself relax.  Then allow my mind to go blank, no thoughts.  All the while I’m listening to relaxing music.  I find that this helps me to keep my mind from wandering.  Sometimes  I do visualization and sometimes just a clear mind. In a crazy mixed up world,  meditation is a wonderful way to keep me sane.

Go placidly amid

the noise and haste,

and remember what peace

there may be in silence.

                          Desiderata

Posted February 23, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Meditation, Spirituality

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Meditation for Beginners   Leave a comment

I am a beginner in meditation.  My quest began in 2009 by  reading about it.  In 2010 I made a decision to try it out. So far it has been one of the highlights of my spiritual journey. 

 Just mentioning meditation,  the 1st thought to comes to mind is someone sitting  indian style with their index finger and thumb touching in a circle, humming “om” over and over again.  That’s more associated with eastern meditation by Buddhists and Hindus although more and more westerners practice meditation this way.

For me meditation is a call to be silent, listening for God’s still voice.  It’s different from prayer when I’m doing more talking and much less listening.  Meditation is a time of discipline, to just sit, be still and listen.  I imagine that God and I are either sitting or walking hand in hand.  We smile at each other.   I have his full attention.  I feel happy, loved, peaceful  and secure.   I’m in his presence.

I start by putting a few drops of an essential oil in my palms, rub together, cup my hands together and breathe in slowly three times. I sit,  sometimes with palms open (receiving position).  I don’t chant a mantra or say a phrase over and over again in my mind, just sit in  silence. I listen to relaxing music which keeps my mind from wondering all over the place.  I like to do it 1st thing in the morning and before going to bed as a way to start and end my day. 

Two books that have been the most influential are Christian Meditation by James Finley and Centering Prayer by M. Basil Pennington.  I continue to read them over and over again for inspiration. My newest book is a book of prayers that I read before I start meditating,  Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata.  It took a while to find a way what works for me.  I still working on lengthening the time I meditate and keeping my mind centered.  It’s a challenge but so very worth it.

More on meditation in blogs to come…….

 

Posted February 18, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Meditation, Spirituality

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