[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]editation has been practiced for thousands of years and has proven to provide many benefits to the mind and body. When meditating, you attempt to minimize negative thoughts about the past and future, and intentionally focus on the present moment. Distractions and thoughts will inevitably arise; notice when they do and come back to your anchor. Meditation is an exercise of the mind that requires practice to master.
A few benefits of meditation include increased concentration and relaxation, stress relief, and improved physical health. While meditation has various forms, it is often practiced in a quiet location with minimal distractions.
For some, however, silence can be difficult. A quiet environment may be more distracting, as one’s mind can wander and not be able to focus on the present moment. That’s okay; it’s a natural part of the practice.
If you find yourself struggling to meditate in a quiet environment, sound meditation might be for you. Studies have shown that sound can alter the state of the mind, as the vibrations produced by sound create a peaceful sensation that disrupts the natural state of the mind.
Through rhythm and frequency, sound facilitates shifts in our brainwave state by providing a stable frequency that our brainwaves can attune to. This allows us to shift from a waking consciousness to a state of relaxed consciousness and eventually a meditative state.
It is important to consider the sounds that we take in from our everyday environments as well. When living in a busy city, the cacophony tends to elevate stress levels and create imbalance in our nervous system. By utilizing sound meditation, however, we can become more aware of the sounds we take in and focus our mind to remain in a balanced state of being.
Now, there are many different types of sound meditation, including mantra repetition, drumming, gong, singing bowls and so on. At recharj, we provide a couple classes that incorporate sound meditation to allow for you to drop into a state of relaxation. Check out our reSONATE and reFOCUS classes to find the sound meditation practice that best suits you!