By Wendy Lim, 2 minute read
Is it okay to meditate with music?
Ellayne, Real Estate Agent
I personally don’t meditate with music. I find, I notice myself begin to pay more attention to the music then on my internal experience. I think of it as distracting me from the present.
But there are no right or wrong ways to meditate. It’s good to start to become aware of the rules (conscious and unconscious) you tell yourself when meditating. “For example; I have to sit. My mind has to be empty. I shouldn’t have any thoughts. I shouldn’t have music on. I need to meditate for at least 20 minutes.” None of those things are true in order to practise meditation.
If you find it helps you, then meditate with music. Maybe start to play with lowering the volume every time so it’s not the focus of your attention and doesn’t distract you from witnessing what is arising inside (thoughts, images, memories, sensations, emotions, feelings, nothing, etc).
“Welcome and entertain them all!” - Rumi. When I did my Yoga Teacher Training I began to be introduced to amazing poets and writers who capture the human condition well. Here is a famous poem by Rumi. The next mindful challenge is also inspired by your question.
Hope this helps you with exploring practising.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi, 13th Century Poet
translation by Coleman Barks