Well according to the Cambridge Dictionary,
to meditate, is "the act of giving your attention
to only one thing, either as a religious activity
or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed".
The dictionary goes on to describe Transcendental
Meditation as "a method of calming the mind and
becoming relaxed by silently repeating a special word
or series of words many times". For the purposes of
what we are trying to achieve here, you will need to
embrace something from both of those definitions.
So having established what it is, you may be asking
why you would want to do it. That answer is somewhat
more difficult and long winded. Does it really relax the
mind? Well yes it does. But it does a lot more than that.
However, managing to meditate successfully is not easy.
But it's free, it's a pleasant sensation, it's beneficial to
your health (physically and mentally) and you don't really
even need to have music playing to do it. Although many
find it helpful to do so and that's where we come in.
Meditation is most often attempted in silence, but it's quite difficult to accomplish and therefore some people use music as an aid to concentration. In order for music to be helpful in this way it should be very ambient in nature with no discernable rhythym to follow. It is best utilised by attempting to visualise the music as you sit with your eyes closed. Try to imagine shapes of energy forming and moving from the music. For more details on this visualization method and an explanation of why it's a good way to meditate, take a look at our editorial Meditation. An In Depth Explanation.
Don't give up if you can't manage it at first. Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished easily. Continued attempts at meditation will eventually bring rewards and those rewards go far beyond mere words.
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