How to listen to music mindfully – A step by step guide
What is mindfulness?
"paying attention in a particular way
on purpose in the present moment,
non-judgmentally. ( Kabat-Zinn. ) "
When we listen to music we can follow 3 aspects to help us deepen our listening experience and appreciate our music more fully.
Firstly – we need to consider these 2 principles:
1. A Beginners Mind
Be open to new experiences and explore, let go of any judgement or expectation.
Be curious. Be intrigued. When you listen with a beginners mind you are in the moment.
2. The Monkey Mind
Acknowledge the monkey mind – it is when our mind wonders and jumps from thought to thought and feels restless. Gently bring your mind back to the music and present moment.
Here are the Benefits of music and mindfulness
* Reverse fight and flight response
* Train your brain to stay in the present
* Improve regulation of emotions
Change at a cellular level can occur with sound. Healing with sound dates back to Ancient Greece
Alpha is our resting state.
We can change our brainwaves by focusing on the music we are listening to
Exploring the Music :
* Dynamics and feelings
Music consists of a variety of sounds, this is called dynamics. It can be helpful to try and name what you hear – this will aim to help you remain mindful. Some describing words can be: fast, slow, loud, soft, sweet, quiet, smooth, bright, dull, detached.
Have a go at putting a name to what you hear and in addition, think about how those dynamics make you feel..
Discover the positive qualities the music makes you feel and the mood you experience while listening
* Being Creative : Colour is a Language
As you listen, explore what you see in your mind’s eye such as colours, shapes and images.
Colour - Colour is a language and different colours can mean different things.
Yellow can mean sunshine
Green could mean growth
Blue could mean calm
Take time to discover any colours that come to mind and that you associate with while listening
* Shapes and Images
Explore what comes to mind as you listen – perhaps begin with a simple shapes
or more complex shapes and images. Try drawing on your ipad or notebook as you listen.
Drawing slows is down.
Pair the music you listen to with a daily activity
You could explore what time of day you would like to listen to music:
while driving, studying, while doing house work or for relaxation and downtime
Following these steps can deepen your music appreciation, and your overall relaxation
These aspects and more are all covered in my digital workbook, available soon
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