3 Reasons why to use audio with meditation
The single hardest thing to avoid while concentrating on anything. While working, reading, eating and while meditating. This is one of the reasons I use sounds and guides about 50% of the times that I meditate.
As a beginner, I found this was a crucial point in just sitting still for longer and not getting frustrated with external factors. You can close your eyes very easily, but you can’t close your ears.
Beginners that use audible guides or relaxation sounds during their first 10 days of meditation are 5 times more likely to continue a meditation practice for the next year as they are not detoured from their focus.
The big debate with using audible distraction blockers is that the purist meditator notes the importance of accepting all the sounds (distractions) around you, without judgement. I agree with this and believe this is a skill that needs to be developed with experience.
Until you build this skill, you still need get through the sometimes, loud distractions such as noisy buses, crying kids or screaming neighbours which are some of my common disturbances in my home.
We would all love to be sitting in nature, in a quiet reserve or on an ocean cliff every day to meditate, but with full schedule life and living in a busy city, this becomes difficult for many of us.
Using audio and visualization to take you to higher places is a powerful tool for stress relief and going into a deep state of meditation. Some audio tracks have been designed to trick the mind into these blissful states even when all external odds are against you.
Using audio to change mental conditioning has been used way before the times of loud traffic and low flying aeroplanes. Tibetan’s tradition goes all the way back to 500 B.C. Here they used singing bowls to produce sounds that induce deep states of relaxation by ringing sweet resonance throughout your mind.
People underestimate the power of specific formulated audio to elevate consciousness and raise awareness of their spiritual location.
Visualization is also a powerful tool to attracting good into your life and achieving goals. This combined with meditation will clear your focus to reach where you need to go in life.
Check out this Guided visualization mediation for The Honest Guys.
The third reason to use audio is learn different types and techniques with guided meditation. Using guides is a great way to let go and let someone else lead you to your own awareness. This is beautiful thing when done correctly and is also another way to relax the mind.
Guided meditations come in many forms like body scans, breathing guides, loving kindness, targeted awareness and general forms of mindfulness.
These are also the best way for beginners to figure out which style of meditation best suits them.
If you are looking for premium sounds and happy to pay a little, you should check out Gaia meditation. They offer a great range of meditation tracks for you to download and you can test most of them out for free before you purchase.
I found some of my favorite got to tracks which are loaded onto my phone for quick easy access when I need them.