CITTA YOGA ON MEDITATION WITH SOUND
In my decade plus yoga practice, one of my most difficult commitments personally was to find some time to meditate. With this being said, just last year, I promised myself to do it every day for 10 min and go up to an one hour every day. Hmmm…..It was a hard one!
Having two kids, running the whole show solo, work, this new design venture that I put my heart and soul in….All these reasons were my excuses why not to do it.
Finally, I made the point to do it no matter what. I came to realization that the true reason behind my discomfort was not the free time I did not have. My true reasoning why not to do it was discomfort of mind and body stillness, but also silence that happened when I meditated.
So, I thought maybe the good start would be meditating with some music.
So being a musician ,I knew that for thousands of years, people have used sound and vibration, including music, to relax, access deeper states of consciousness, and heal their bodies. Vibrations of sounds were also used as a method to make people forget about pain (physical or emotional).
Nikola Tesla said: “ If you want to find the secret of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
Practices like chanting and drumming, or even just Tibetan singing bowls and Chinese meditation gongs, are just a few examples. The sound, which consist of the human voice and classical Indian instruments are used as a path to self-realization, finding the balance of energy channels , as well as, spiritual channels and harmonizing the physical body.
Whether it's chanting mantra or singing along with your favorite sound, music have the power to change your mood, and maybe your health, too. You will find many articles speaking about research and suggestions of research. Instead, I would like to share experience I had.
My younger daughter Sofia was colicky baby. She would cry for a long time being discomfortable. I started playing mantras for her, and she would immediately stop. Both of my daughters, today practice meditation with kirtan. They even know the words of a few mantras. Their favorite one to go to sleep with is Durge mantra, and they are only 4 years and 2 years old. Its amazing experience to wake up and have them chant with you, or fall asleep while you are chanting to them. It also really helps them become more compassionate, caring young individuals. Amazing!!!! Try it and please share your experience!
"The ancient traditions all say that we are sound, we are frequency. “
Modern medicine is adopting the idea that music can have beneficial effect on health, ranging from reducing chronic pain to improving the recovery of stroke victims.
WITH ALL THIS BEING SAID, I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS MANTRA:
“LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU…”
“ MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY AND FREE, AND MAY THE THOUGHTS,WORDS AND ACTIONS OF MY OWN LIFE CONTRIBUTE IN SOME WAY TO THE HAPPINESS AND FREEDOM FOR ALL”.