Mindful Listening

Close your eyes, and put on headphones if you have them. Don’t consider the genre or the artist, for this isn’t important. Instead, allow yourself to get lost in the journey of sound for the duration of the song. Allow yourself to explore the intricacies of the music. Let your awareness climb inside the track and dance among the sound waves.

The idea is to just listen and allow yourself to become fully entwined with what is being played or sung, without preconception or judgment of the genre, artist, lyrics or instrumentation.

If you don’t have any music to hand that you’ve never listened to before, turn on the radio and twist the dial until something catches your interest.

If you don’t have a radio, then take a moment to simply listen to the sounds in your environment. Don’t try and determine the origin or type of sounds you hear, just listen and absorb the experience and let it resonate with your being. If you recognise the sound, then label it with what you know it to be and move on, allowing your ears to latch onto new sounds that come into your awareness.

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