Alexia M.

Alexia M.

Kenzai Member

Mind - figuring out my seat

  • Nov 10th, 2019 at 8:26PM

I am a couple days behind on the meditations as work was insane last week. I am on holiday now in Tenerife so will do two meditations for the next few days.
I am still struggling with stopping thought chains before they spiral and finding a comfortable seat where I don’t need to adjust too much. Will keep persevering though!

I have been using the app Insight Timer for my meditation timer and I must say that I enjoy the gong sound at the end of the allotted time! (Much more than an iPhone sound!)

Questions for the group: do you have music or anything on in the background while meditating? I was wondering if a nature sound track would be pleasant.

 
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7 comments

Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
Trainerover 1 year ago

Great question... we typically suggest a quiet spot where you can focus on your breath. A quiet spot may include background music. I appreciate rituals that's tied to meditation, like lighting a candle and putting on background spa or nature music. These actions help cement the habit and cue the brain that it's meditation time.

BUT I actually think it's beneficial to develop a practice that can be sustained anywhere, with or without music. So go ahead and put on some delightfully peaceful music- just don't let it become a crutch.

BTW, what did you think of the guided meditation? I know some of the options included background music in addition to the guided narrative.


    Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
    Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

    Alexia, I use Insight Timer, too. I actually signed up for the year membership after using it for a few years. They have so many guided meditations it is almost overwhelming! If I am not doing a guided meditation, I prefer straight up silence, or whatever sounds happen to be penetrating the silence when I sit. Oddly, I find nature sounds tracks more distracting than the typical background noise of my household and the city outside.


      Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
      Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

      Alexia, I use the app Breathe and I like it a lot. They have various sounds that you can choose if you want and I usually opt for the forest. Meditating with headphones is important for me to block out the sounds of my kids.


        Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
        Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

        I've never been able to find any comfortable position seated on the floor. So I opt for lying down, or sitting on a chair.


          Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
          over 1 year ago

          Hope you like mind

          I prefer quiet - but I took a chakra workshop last year and listed to a chakra themed guided meditation & thought is was strong

          Make today a masterpiece
          Go Team Go!


            Katia M.Katia M.Kenzai Member
            over 1 year ago

            There are some great musical
            Meditation track on insight timer. Calming the mind is THE challenge of meditation, music can help but a short mental process to acknowledge / greet and let them go is helpful


              Katia M.Katia M.Kenzai Member
              over 1 year ago

              There are some great musical
              Meditation track on insight timer. Calming the mind is THE challenge of meditation, music can help but a short mental process to acknowledge / greet and let them go is helpful


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