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How To Create A Meditation Music Routine That Works For You

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How To Create A Meditation Music Routine

How to plan your listening routine with meditation music:

I get a lot of emails from people interested in beginning a regular meditation practice with the aid of meditation music but are having difficulty finding the drive to create a daily habit.

Working meditation into one's daily schedule is not always easy, but it is worth the effort. There is no magic bullet, but shifting one's perspective could be helpful.

Advice On The Setting Up A Routine

  • Determine when in the day you will listen, considering the energy you have and the objectives you have set for yourself.
  • When meditative, ask yourself what might prevent you from maintaining a regular pattern.
  • Commit to listening consistently for a set period of time, say two weeks, and then analyze your routine and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Make several near-term objectives for your training, and evaluate how well you meet them.
  • Make use of a diary to track your daily activities and your objectives.

The Secret to Setting Powerful Intentions

If you think setting intentions is limited to yoga classes and meditation retreats, think again. These guiding principles are just as useful for parenting, working, and anything else you do daily. Think about what matters to you and how you want to live.

When you set intentions, you keep the essential things in your mind and make integrating them into your routines easier. Start by using this checklist to form your intentions for today.

Benefits of Setting Intentions:

1. Know yourself. The process of creating intentions encourages you to turn your attention inwards. You discover what's on your mind deeper than paying bills and keeping appointments.

2. Increase your motivation. Putting forth effort is easier when you're doing something you genuinely believe in. You're more likely to persevere until you see results, which creates even more incentives to keep going.

3. Live more meaningfully. Imagine devoting your time and talents to the projects you feel passionate about. You can live deliberately and choose your legacy instead of letting events happen to you.

How to Set Your Intentions:

1. Find a quiet space. Start by clearing away distractions. Sit down in a comfortable position and focus on your breath. Calm your mind with prayer and meditation.

2. Consider your values. Identify your core values and beliefs. Ask yourself what happiness and success mean to you. Think about how you feel when your actions align with your values, and you use them to guide your decisions.

3. Speak your language. Your affirmations need to resonate with you. Maybe you like to keep them simple or prefer a more poetic message. Maybe you accomplish more when looking at the big picture or need more structure and detail.

4. Think positive. Whatever shape your intentions take, focus on positive statements. Think about what you want instead of what you are trying to avoid.

5. Add a timeline. If being compassionate or mindful for the rest of your life sounds a little too challenging, break things down into a single day or hour at a time. Set yourself up for success.

How to Implement Your Intentions:

1. Write them down. Just the act of putting your intentions into writing can make them seem more concrete and attainable. You'll strengthen your sense of commitment and make it easier to visualize your destination. As you clarify your intentions, you may also notice any obstacles you must address.

2. Create triggers. Develop reminders that prevent you from losing sight of your intentions when dealing with daily responsibilities. You may want to revisit them each morning while you meditate or reflect on them while in the shower.

3. Hold yourself accountable. What would make you more likely to stick to your plans? You could tell family and friends what you're doing or promise yourself a reward to keep you on track.

4. Evaluate your progress. Speaking of staying on track, establish milestones that will help you to see where you are strong and where you need to keep growing and learning. Learn from your achievements and setbacks.

5. Ask for feedback. Sometimes it helps to hear what others say about how you're doing. Find someone you trust who you can discuss your intentions with. Give each other the benefit of your combined wisdom and support. Setting preferences can transform your life.

These simple, heartfelt statements provide a roadmap to guide your choices and keep you focused on your priorities so you can enjoy more happiness and fulfillment.

Set straightforward, one-word intentions for each listening session, such as "relax," "trust," or "grow," if you do not have a particular objective in mind. I'm sharing with you a selection of the intentions that friends have made for themselves in the hopes that they would serve as an inspiration for your own.

You can practice by listening to any recording you like, or you can listen to and download our free one-hour recording above.

After giving it more thought, you might devise many strategies to motivate yourself for at least a temporary daily practice. And if you get off track, don't be too hard on yourself. Just think of it as a brief break. You won't have to start over at the beginning with each of these encounters because they build on one another.